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Informational Guide (Shopping List)

Experience Level: Beginner

Shopping List

Step 1: Choosing an Aquarium
A glass or acrylic aquarium

Aquarium stand, if necessary

Step 2: Lighting
Aquarium hood with light fixture and plant light bulbs

• Automatic timer, if desired
note: if housing aquatic plants with fish, follow heating and filtration needs in Fish Care guides.

Step 3: Substrate and Decor
Aquarium gravel

Decorations (driftwood/rock/ornament)

Live plants and/or artificial plants

Air-powered ornaments, with air pump and tubing, if desired

Nutrition and Maintenance
Aquarium plant food or fertilizer tablets

Algae cleaning pad or scraper

Fish net

Water test kit/strips


Gravel vacuum (for water changes)


Water conditioner/dechlorinator