I have always loved fish. When I was younger my school had a huge fish tank full of some very colorful fish. It was so neat to watch. My dad usually had a fish tank but he liked to try to breed the fish so had a tank full of these plain white fish. When my youngest son showed an interest in fish I got him a fish tank but it wasn’t long before I realized I enjoyed watching the fish more than he did. Riley’s fish didn’t last long and soon the tank was in a garage sale. After a while I decided I wanted my own fish tank and bought a kit at Walmart that was a little bigger than Riley’s tank. I loved it. I bought 6 tiger barbs a plecostomus and a cory and loved watching them swim together. They each had such neat character and it wasn’t long before they each had names. One day one my my barbs died and I was so depressed. I had to have my oldest son remove it from the tank for me. Not even a week later another barb died and then I was angry. I wanted to know why they died. I started reading and learning as much as I could about keeping fish.
Now I have a nice 55 Gallon tank and 22 fish that are very healthy. I know how important it is to maintain my tank on a weekly basis and now I have it down to a science. However, I also learned that it is important to start off right in order to have a healthy tank. You wont lose as many fish if you learn a thing or two before you get started. It took me quite a while to do the research and learn what I know now so I decide to write a simple beginners guide to setting up a freshwater fish tank. It hope it can help someone get started without the trouble I had in the beginning.