Fill your tank approximately one-third full with room temperature water from a clean bucket.
Connect the airline tubing from the air pump to any air outlets inside your tank, such as air stones or decorations.
Aquascape with live and/or plastic plants.
Add the rest of the water.
Set up your filter and “cycle” your new tank. If you are using…
…any outside filters:
…”hang on tank” filter that has a pickup tube:
Secure the submersible heater near your water flow and place the thermometer as far away from the heater as possible.
Plug in your air pump, power filter and heater and start them up.
Check the conditions and temperature after a few hours.