13 litre, 20 litre, 30 litre & 54 litre instruction
manual and aquarium set up guide
Thank you for purchasing this Fishbox LED Kit. Interpet has
applied over sixty years of aquatic experience to ensure every
element of the design of this product has been carefully
considered to ensure you enjoy aquarium keeping.
Please retain this manual for on-going care and future reference.
We are sure that this aquarium will enable you to fully enjoy the benefits
of owning and looking after aquarium fish and plants.
This Fishbox LED aquarium is supplied with:
An Internal Cartridge Filter which is easy to use and keeps the
aquarium water clear and healthy for your fish. Uniquely, the filter
also contains an Algaway pad to prevent unsightly algae ruining your
viewing enjoyment.
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An essential Interpet water care treatment:-
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Tapsafe which makes tap water safe for use in aquariums
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For details on how to use all these essential components please refer
to the individual instructions supplied.
Contents
Getting to know your aquarium
Setting up your aquarium
Things you need to know about starting an aquarium
On-going care of your aquarium
Top tips
Guarantee and safety information
Section 1 - Getting to know your aquarium
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1 Glass aquarium
13 litres/20 litres/30 litres & 54 litres
2 Aquarium hood
3 Lighting:
FBLED13/20 & 30 = Single Bright White LED 4 x 0.2 Watt
FBLED54= Single Bright White LED 9 x 0.2 Watt
4 Internal cartridge filter:
FBLED13 = CF Mini
FBLED20 = CF Mini
FBLED30 = CF1
FBLED54 = CF1
5 Cartridge Filter Locations
6 Tapsafe
Section 2 - Setting up your aquarium
Unpack all of the items in the box and check everything is present against the
parts list in section 1.
Ensure the aquarium is placed on a level surface suitable for bearing the weight
of a full aquarium (e.g. Fishbox LED 54 litre will weigh over 90kg when full); the
matching Fishbox LED cabinets (if applicable) are specifically designed for this
purpose and are essential to validate the aquarium guarantee.
Position the aquarium on its cabinet (if applicable) where you can get maximum
enjoyment from watching your aquatic habitat. However, the aquarium should
NOT be placed:
• In direct sunlight,
• Areas of extreme temperature variations i.e. next to a radiator,
• Areas subject to loud noise, vibration or a lot of movement e.g. by a loud
speaker or in the hall way
Step 1 - Adding substrate and décor to your aquarium
Ensure you wash your choice of aquarium substrates (gravel or aquarium base)
before adding it to the aquarium as most gravel contains large quantities of dirt
which will cloud the water.
Also pre-wash or soak any rock, wood or ornaments before adding them to the
aquarium. Do not use any soap or cleaning liquids other than plain tap water
for this job.
Step 2- Installing an optional heater for tropical set up
If purchased the Deltatherm heater supplied is factory set at 24oC, the ideal
temperature for most tropical fish, but can be set to any temperature between 16
and 34oC by using the adjustable thermostat on the top of the product.
Attach the Deltatherm heater on the back glass of the aquarium using the sucker
mounted brackets supplied. Ensure the heater will be fully submersed and is placed
diagonally as shown in the diagram below – this ensures the thermostat works
most accurately.
DO NOT PLUG THE HEATER
IN YET!
The Deltatherm heater should
never be turned on out of water
and cold water should never be
applied directly to a hot heater as
in both cases this will cause the
glass to crack.
Top tip...
Create a drip loop
…Always unplug your, seperately purchased,
heater before carrying out any water changes.
Only plug it back in when the aquarium is
refilled and the heater is fully submersed.
Important Safety Information
To prevent any drips entering the electric socket,
create a drip loop for both the LED and filter cables
as per the diagram (right). Also for the heater if
purchased separately.
Power
cables
Drip
loop
Step 3 - Installing your Internal Cartridge Filter
Your Internal Cartridge Filter is set up ready for
use. Position your cartridge filter on the back of the
aquarium using the locator hook; you have the choice of either using it on the left or
right side of the aquarium using the cartridge filter locations. Ensure the filter is at the
correct height relative to the water surface and the cartridge can be easily replaced.
For more details see the instruction booklet supplied in the Cartridge Filter carton.
DO NOT PLUG IN YOUR FILTER YET.
Step 4 - Filling your aquarium
Once you have added substrate, installed the optional heater and filter, you can fill
your aquarium with water using a bucket or hose.
Top tip...
...When filling the aquarium, place a plate or bowl in the base to disperse
the water flow and prevent the substrate moving and clouding the water.
Dose the water with the Interpet Tapsafe supplied, this removes harmful chlorine
and heavy metals (e.g. Copper) from tap water. Tapsafe also adds: Aloe Vera which
protects delicate fish membranes; bacteria to boost essential biological processes in
the aquarium. Follow the on-pack instructions for using Tapsafe.
Top tip...
...Tapsafe should be used whenever you use tap water to carry out water
changes or top up evaporation.
Once the aquarium is full you can turn the filter and heater on. Both items should
remain operational at all times, apart from when you are carrying out maintenance
in the aquarium when they should be unplugged for your safety.
Step 5 - Using your aquarium lights
Your aquarium is supplied with Bright White LEDs these are designed to give out
sufficient light of the right spectrum to:
• Bring out the best in the colours of your plants and fish.
• Supply essential light energy for plant photosynthesis to sustain lush plant growth.
If you have live plants they will need 8-12 hours of light to thrive. To replicate this
natural day/night cycle automatically, you can plug the lights into a household timer.
Step 6 - Adding plants and fish to your aquarium
Your new aquarium should be allowed to settle overnight to allow the temperature
to stabilise. Then, you can start adding live plants; remove any dead or broken
leaves before planting directly into the substrate.
Top tip...
...Take care to plan your aquarium planting (which is similar to creating a garden
border) ensure that there is a variety of different height plants with the tallest at
the back and shortest in the foreground. Create clumps of plants with a variety of
leaf colours, shapes and textures for best effect. It is always better to start off with
too many plants and thin them out later, this helps ensure algae does not have any
excess food or light to establish a foot hold in the aquarium.
Seek the advice of your specialist aquatic retailer when purchasing fish; they will
be able to help you select a variety of fish which will create a calm and balanced
community. Ensure your retailer knows you have a new aquarium, as it is essential
to add fish gradually to a new aquarium over a period of weeks, starting with hardier
varieties, and gradually building up to the aquarium’s full complement of fish.
Section 3 - Things to know about
starting an aquarium
The nitrogen cycle
Before adding fish to your aquarium there is some important information to understand
about how the aquarium water remains clean and healthy enough for fish to thrive.
The aquarium is a small ‘closed’ environment; this means harmful waste can
build up quickly because there is not enough water volume to dilute the waste,
as would happen in a natural lake, nor is there a constant supply of fresh water to
wash it away, as would happen in a river or stream. The breakdown of fish waste,
excess food, dead plant material and other organic matter will cause invisible toxic
compounds to build up in the aquarium water, unchecked this would eventually
harm your fish. Fortunately there is a natural process called the “Nitrogen Cycle”
which we can recreate in the aquarium to convert the toxic waste into safer
compounds (The diagram below shows how this process works).
Nitrogen Cycle
Filter
Media
NITRITE
- Lethal to livestock
- Poisonous, causes fish
to gasp at surface
AMMONIA
- Lethal to livestock
- Should always be kept
to zero
- Produced from fish
waste
- Dead plant matter
- Dead livestock
- Uneaten food
All breakdown into
ammonia
OXYGENu
AMMONIAu
Filter
Media
NITRITEu
Nitrosomonas bacteria
breakdown ammonia
into nitrite
OXYGENu
NITRITEu
NITRATEu
Nitrobacter bacteria
breakdown nitrite
into nitrate
NITRATE
- Very much safer for fish
- Large macro nutrient used by plants for
food
- Removed via water changes
This Nitrogen cycle is carried out by essential “Nitrifying” bacteria which set up
home in the biological media in the aquarium filter. These bacteria would naturally
take a couple of months to become established in the filter. During this maturing
period fish keepers often experience fish losses caused by the build-up of invisible
toxic compounds which is referred to as “New tank syndrome”.
New tank syndrome can be avoided by:
• adding Filter Start which speeds up the maturing process
• starting with a few hardier fish varieties and adding more fish gradually
over a number of weeks
• feeding sparingly in the early days to reduce biological loading
• monitoring water quality with a test kit which reveals the presence of the
invisible toxins
• carrying out weekly water changes of 20% of the tank volume to dilute waste
levels for the first 6 weeks.
Section 4 - On-going care of
your aquarium
Other items required for on-going aquarium maintenance:
Bucket, net, magnetic glass cleaner, gravel cleaner, fish food, aquarium test kit
and replacement filter service packs.
Daily Care Routine
• Feed fish – ideally two or three times per day as much as they will eat in a
couple of minutes (remove any uneaten food) – more fish die of overfeeding
than underfeeding so take it easy and make sure only one person in the house
is feeding them!
• Check fish health – look for differences in appearance or behaviour that may
indicate they are unwell – seek advice from your retailer if you spot any problems.
• Clean algae off the glass – the easiest way to do this is to use a magnetic glass
cleaner, note: do not get any gravel in the glass cleaner as you risk scratching the
inside of the aquarium.
• Always remove dead fish and plant matter immediately to avoid water pollution
• Ensure the filter is working and that there is good water flow to oxygenate the
water. This is good for both the fish and the bacteria in the filter.
• Check the aquarium temperature is stable at the correct level by using an
aquarium thermometer. Note:- in the summer it is possible for the water
temperature to briefly rise above the temperature set on the heater thermostat
this should not cause a problem for most tropical fish species.
Weekly Care Routine
• Top up any water evaporation – ensure you treat the tap water with Tapsafe before
adding it to the aquarium.
• If you have live plants, add a plant food such as Floraboost; trim back excess plant
growth and remove any dead leaves.
• Clean the LED lamps and the outside of the aquarium with distilled water (steam
iron water) and dry them with a clean, soft cloth. Do not use chemical cleaning
products, abrasive cloths, sprays or soaps.
• Use an Interpet Test kit to reveal any water quality problems; these are mostly
invisible to the naked eye.
Monthly Maintenance Routine
• Carry out a 25% water change. Unplug the heater before removing water from
the aquarium (do not remove fish, plants or décor) you can clean the substrate
at the same time by using a gravel cleaner. Ensure the replacement tap water is
treated with Tapsafe and mix in a little hot water to ensure it is roughly the same
temperature as the aquarium water before adding it to the aquarium.
• Replace the Floss/Carbon filter cartridge (1) and Algaway pad (2)
with the right size service pack.
1 Remove and discard old filter cartridge, replace with a new cartridge – ensure
the cartridge is fully inserted the right way round (‘FRONT’ on tab facing forwards)
in the correct slot in the filter body.
2 Remove the holster from the filter and slide out the old Algaway pad
and discard. Insert the new Algaway pad into the holster and reinsert into the filter body.
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Annual Maintenance Routine - put a reminder in your diary to help you remember:
• Replace filter impeller to maintain optimum performance
(see Filter instructions for details).
Section 5 - Top tips for a beautiful
and healthy aquarium
1. Locate your aquarium in a suitable position for the benefit of the fish and plants, and for your maximum enjoyment.
2. Select the correct amount and correct species of fish for a balanced and
calm community.
3. Care for your water; do all the recommended water changes, filter cleaning, tests and feed correctly, taking special care in the early days or when adding new fish.
4. Don’t rush the early days, start slowly and carefully for long term success.
5. ENJOY YOUR AQUARIUM!
See online for further information on all aspects of keeping an aquarium and
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Guarantee
All Fishbox LED aquariums are guaranteed for 12 months from the date of purchase providing the following
conditions are met.
Never place polystyrene under the bottom frame of this aquarium.
Your aquarium must be sited on a surface that is flat and level and able to withstand the weight of the aquarium
when filled with water, gravel etc. Note: 1 litre of water weighs 1kg)
Wrought iron and angle iron stands, together with video, Hifi, TV cabinets, articles of furniture and self-assembly
furniture are NOT suitable for use with Fishbox LED aquariums, doing so will automatically invalidate this
guarantee. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to ensure that when using an aquarium stand it has been
designed for use with a Fishbox LED aquarium i.e. The top support of the stand should be in contact with the
entire bottom frame of the aquarium.
You must use the correct Interpet stand so as not to invalidate your guarantee.
All aquarium/stand locations should take into account the position of floor boards/joists etc., bearing in mind the
weight to be supported.
The sealant on the aquarium must not come into contact with any chemicals (i.e. Household bleach etc.) or sharp
objects such as rocks and razor edged algae scrapers. Normal aquarium treatments and fish medications used
for the purpose of fish keeping do not affect the aquarium silicone.
IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVICE: Never site your aquarium over electrical appliances and never lift the aquarium
by the top frame (if fitted) or by any part of the bracing system.
DO NOT try to lift or move the aquarium when it contains water.
This guarantee covers leakages arising from either faulty materials or workmanship. We cannot be responsible
for breakages of glass.
This guarantee does not apply to any unauthorised modifications or misuse, improper or inadequate
maintenance, or operations outside the product specifications. In case of defect within the stated guarantee
period, the products should be returned, with proof of purchase, to the point of purchase.
This guarantee does not effect your statutory. Guarantee service includes repair or replacement of the aquarium
at Interpet Ltd.’s discretion. Neither Interpet nor the manufacturer are liable for any direct, indirect, special,
incidental or consequential damages, including loss of livestock, arising from a defect in this product.
Important Safety Information
WARNING: To guard against injury, basic safety precautions should be observed, including the following guidelines.
READ AND FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
DANGER: To avoid possible electric shock, special care should be taken since water is employed in the use of
aquarium equipment. For each of the following situations, do not attempt repairs yourself, return the appliance to an
authorized service facility for service, or discard the appliance.
This is for indoor use only – do not use outside. Do not use this unit if the cable or plug are damaged or appear
to be malfunctioning, or if it is dropped or damaged in any manner. Do not use this unit if the plug gets wet.
Refer to section 2 of this instruction manual to find out how to create a drip loop for both the heater and filter.
Dispose of responsibly following instructions from your local authority. Close supervision is necessary when any
appliance is used by or near children. Do not install or store the appliance where it will be exposed to the weather
or to temperatures below freezing point. If an extension cord is necessary, a cable rated with a proper rating should
be used. A cable rated for less amperes or watts than the appliance rating may cause the appliance to overheat.
Care should be taken to arrange the cable so that it will not be tripped over or pulled.
SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
Disposal of used Electrical & Electronic Equipment (Applicable in the European Union and other European countries with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that the product must not be disposed of with normal household waste. Instead, it is your
responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by arranging to return it to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic
equipment. By separating and recycling your waste equipment at the time of disposal you will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that the
equipment is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about recycling this product, please contact
your local city office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you have purchased the product.
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A unique and advanced formulation developed
in conjunction with global leaders in Biotechnology.
It removes chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals
and this in turn allows even hot tap water to be used
as part of a water change mix. An Aloe Vera protective
colloid within Tapsafe creates a barrier around the fish’s
delicate skin and gill membranes. As an added feature
it also adds a culture of bacteria and enzymes that
consume any excess biological waste in the aquarium
and boosts filter performance.
Easy Test Health Tablet
Test Kit
Complete with tablet tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and
broad range pH, along with 2 plastic test vials and a tablet
crusher. It also includes the colour instruction booklet which
gives accurate advice on how to use this easy kit along
with recommendations on the test results. An effective
and simple way for you to test your aquarium water, ideal
for new aquarium set-ups.
Interpet has applied over 60 years of aquatic experience to ensure every element of the design
of this product has been carefully considered to help you enjoy aquarium keeping.
e-mail: customercare@interpet.co.uk
Interpet Ltd. Vincent Lane, Dorking, Surrey
RH4 3YX, England
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