Are you setting up a Top Fin Dazzle aquarium? If so, there are lots of things you need to know about how to get one of these aquariums set up properly and nicely, so your fish can thrive in it.
A Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium is usually fairly easy to set up, but it will look great when you’re done. The sides have pink, blue, orange, and green silicon strips to make the edges “pop.” You should start setting it up by adding natural gravel, and then slotting the RF-L Filter cartridge into place. You will probably also need a heater, along with some fake plants.
There’s a bit more to the setup than just that, so we’ll look at it in more detail below – but this should give you the basics that you need to get started.
Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium Setup
To set up a Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium you should start by finding a suitable, sturdy surface to put the tank on. When it is in place, fill the bottom with sterile, fish-safe gravel, and then take your RF-L Filter cartridge out.
This cartridge slots into the back of the aquarium, where you should see a plastic opening for it. Slide the filter firmly into place and check that it fits. This is critical for making sure your aquarium water stays clean and your fish do not die.
Next, you will probably want to add a heater to the tank. The size and style of heater will depend on what kinds of fish you are going to keep and the size of the tank, but as an example, you might use a 50 watt heater for a 5 gallon tank. You must make sure that the heater says submersible on it, because it will be fully underwater.
Slot the heater into the back compartment too, near to the center if possible. Once it is in place, you will need to add treated water and plants to your aquarium. Many people add the water first, and then position the plants. You can do this the other way around if you prefer, but the water may knock the plants over as it fills the tank.
When you have finished, put the lid in place and turn on the lights. When the tank has finished cycling, you can add the fish. Your tank should now be set up and ready to go!
Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium Filter Replacement
Changing the filter regularly is a critical part of keeping your fish alive and well, so do not neglect this step. If you don’t do it, your tank will quickly become dirty, and the levels of ammonia will spike. This will kill your fish and any other creatures in your tank, so it must be avoided. Filters are crucial and must be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
First, you will need to purchase a new compatible filter cartridge. Check the old filter cartridge of your Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium to see what it looks like and search for a compatible option. Once you have your new filter cartridge, turn off the filter and unplug it. You shouldn’t be operating with it switched on or plugged in.
Lift the lid off the aquarium so you can access the old filter cartridge, and then pull the cartridge out and throw it away. It is not recyclable unfortunately.
Rinse your new cartridge in cold water to remove any dust that has built up on it, and then slot it into place. Pour some water into the filter slot, and then click the lid back into place and turn the filter on.
Which Is Good For Betta Fish?
If you are only keeping a single betta fish, either male or female, you will need a minimum of a 5 gallon aquarium. If you use a bigger tank, you can add more plants and decorations, but in a small tank, prioritize giving your fish space to swim with just a few decorations.
Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium Bubbler Instructions
You will need to purchase a separate bubbler to go with your Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium, as it does not come with one. This requires you to buy an air stone and a pump, plus some tubing, and two valves – one single-way valve and one regular valve. Once you’ve got everything, set the pieces on a flat surface and begin assembling them.
Take your air pump and identify the outflow valve: this is where the tubing needs to be positioned. Once it’s in place, move about 2 inches along and then splice the regular valve into place.
Next, about 3 inches further along, splice in the single-way valve. This stops the air from flowing back if the equipment fails. Fix it firmly in place, and then attach the tube to your air stone. This can then be placed anywhere in the tank, but it’s generally best to put it near the back so the bubbles don’t obstruct your view.
Bleed the valve so that the bubbles flow as you prefer, and you’re all set! It really isn’t hard to do, and the equipment is generally inexpensive.
How To Clean A Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium
To clean this kind of aquarium, you need to use a soft sponge to avoid scratching the plastic. You should also use a gravel vacuum to suck dirt and debris out of the gravel. You will need some water conditioner too.
Switch off and unplug the aquarium, remove the lid, and then remove any ornaments that are in your way. Take out some of the water, but no more than 50 percent.
Suck the gravel vacuum along the surface to remove any bits, or along the gravel if you don’t also have sand mixed in. Wipe the tank down with the sponge, and then refill it with conditioned water, following the conditioner’s instructions. Put the lid back on, and you’re done!
That’s all you need to know about running and setting up a Top Fin Dazzle Aquarium – hopefully you can now get yours running and you know how to maintain it!