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Keeping a Healthy Tank: Things to Look Out for

Your fish will be with you for a long time. In order for them to survive and survive well, you will have to keep your tank happy and healthy. When operating a tropical fish aquarium, there are a few things to be aware of so that you don’t lose your fish.

Regularly clean your tank – Even with a filter, tanks are not self-cleaning. Filters can get overloaded especially if you have too many fish in the tank too soon. Starting with a few fish allows the tank environment to settle into a fish-friendly mode starting with the nitrogen cycle that eliminates ammonia from the tank water.

Choose fish that can coexist together – All fish are not docile. Some are actually bullies. If you get a small fish that likes to fight and mix them with another fish that likes to be friendly, you won’t have the nice fish very long. He may find his way on the menu. Investigate which fish are going to get along.

Examine fish before buying – You don’t want to mix sickly fish with healthy fish. Fish with spots that are not common may have the “ick.” Likewise, fish that are swimming on the bottom in the tank at the pet store, are probably suffering from some sort of ailment.

Don’t over feed your fish – A fish swims to the top of the tank a lot but it is not always to get food. Whether pellets or flakes, fish only need to eat a few pieces twice a day. Any more than that and it will fall to the bottom and dirty the tank over time. Overeating can also cause illness or even death in fish.

Acclimate the fish to the tank environment – It is never a good idea to dump your fish into the new tank water. The shock may kill them. Instead, add aquarium water to your fish bowl one cup at a time so the fish can get used to it. After about ten minutes or so and a few cups of tank water, your fish will be ready to dive right in.

Give them light – Fish need light about eight hours a day. To be sure that the light stays on and doesn’t cause any trouble, turn it on when you get home. You can set a timer if you are afraid that you might fall asleep. Don’t leave the light on 24 hours a day.

What do fish need? They need food, light, clean water and room to move. Sounds like people, huh? To maintain a healthy tank and healthy fish, learn to take care of their environment from the beginning.

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Tropical Fish Freshwater versus Saltwater Aquarium

As long as kids have been kids, they have been bringing home goldfish in plastic bags and bowls from the country fair. But what do you do when you get them home? How will you take care of them?

There are two types of fish: those that can thrive in freshwater and those that can thrive in saltwater. Before you buy an aquarium and the fish to go into it, you have a decision to make. Will it be freshwater or will it be saltwater for your aquarium?

Freshwater Aquariums

Tropical fish are beautiful to look at no matter what their markings. Some are more finely dressed than others but if you’ve never dealt with them before you will be amazed by them all. But each fish has different requirements for their living environment.

For beginners, freshwater aquariums are easier to take care of. You can use water from your tap to fill up the tank. Of course, you will need to de-chlorinate the water before adding the fish but there are kits available to help you with that.

Fish that thrive in freshwater are not necessarily too particular about where they swim. What is important is the temperature. Tropical fish, as you might already have guessed, like to have things a bit warm. But, you can monitor this with a thermometer in your tank.

Freshwater aquariums are not as expensive as the saltwater variety. You can get a thirty gallon tank with filter for about $100. This sounds expensive but in the long run you will save money because you won’t have to spend more on additional equipment. Freshwater tropical fish are also less expensive than saltwater fish.

Saltwater Aquariums

Saltwater aquariums can be lots of fun but they do require more work. This is why most beginner fish lovers may choose a freshwater aquarium. But, you can manage if you are dedicated and willing to learn all that is required to keep a saltwater aquarium running smoothly.

Tropical fish that favor saltwater are a little more delicate than the other fish you may be used to, at least in the beginning. Setting up their environment is crucial to their survival. It all begins with the salinity of the water.

With a saltwater aquarium it is important to monitor the salt levels in the water. Too much salt and the fish could die. Too little salt and the same thing could happen.

You won’t want your fish to die since you will have paid a great deal of money for them. Tropical saltwater fish cost quite a bit more than freshwater fish. Their care takes a bit more time to maintain as well.

So, you have decided to take care of fish. That’s a great idea. Your first decision is whether to invest in a freshwater or a saltwater aquarium. Hopefully these tips will help you get started.

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Setting up your Tropical Fish Aquarium

Before you ever bring fish home, they need to have a place to stay. The aquarium will be their new home so it needs all of the amenities of their previous digs. Here is a guide to help you set up a tropical fish aquarium.

Hopefully, you have purchased the biggest aquarium that your money will buy. A thirty gallon tank may seem large for one small fish but it will grow and so will your fish family. Fish need lots of room to swim so that they can get plenty of oxygen.

Positioning your aquarium – It is important that you find the right spot to showcase your fish. Windows are bad because the sunlight can heat up your tank beyond what the fish can bear and they will go belly up. Also, placing the tank near an air conditioner or under a ceiling fan can cool it off too much. Be sure there is an outlet nearby for running your filters and lights easily.

Fill and de-chlorinate your tank water – Tap water is easy to use for freshwater aquariums, but the chlorine will kill helpful bacteria and your fish. Use an approved kit to remove the chlorine before your fish take up residence.

Set up your filtering system – If you use an under-gravel filtering system, be sure to cover it with about an inch of gravel to aid in filtration. A filter on the side of the tank needs at least two cartridges so that you don’t disrupt the aquatic cycle when replacing one.

Tricking out your tank – Most people use an aquascape in the back of their tank. It is colorful and can remind fish of more tropical surroundings. It also limits the outside stimulation for your fish. Choose something colorful.

Test the water – Pet stores stock test kits to test the chemical levels in the tank. For instance, fish don’t thrive in tanks with a lot of ammonia build up. You can test to make sure that these levels are within normal limits. As your tank goes through its nitrogen cycle, the environment will rid itself of excess ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. You can still keep an eye on these levels before and after tank changes.

Accessories – Fish like to swim through things. Some like to find places to hide like caves or dense plant life. Using artificial plants means more cleaning for you so invest in live plants and rocks (coral). Follow all instructions so that plants take root well. You can choose rocks with openings for makeshift caves.

Want to know more about setting up your aquarium? Go to your local bookstore and check out the magazines and manuals about how to care for your tropical fish.

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Angelfish Care: A Quick Guide

When first starting an aquarium, begin with one species. Let that species get adjusted to your environment and you accustomed to caring for them before introducing another. One species you could start with is angel fish.

Angelfish are a type of cichlid tropical fish. They are found in Africa as well as South America. The fish are disk-shaped with pectoral fins that resemble sails. These fish can grow up to six inches long and ten inches wide.

Since angelfish grow pretty big, you will need a large tank to accommodate them. And, you won’t need to have too many in one tank.

There are several angelfish varieties. Most people are used to seeing the brownish yellow coloring with black stripes across the sides. Some angelfish are brightly colored but with no markings on their sides. It just depends on the variety you find and what you want for your tank.

By the looks of them, they seem delicate but they can stand more than most think. Angelfish are freshwater fish but they are used to a certain environment in the Amazon. They like soft water with a lower than neutral pH (acidic).

Ideally, they like to live with live plants. They provide more oxygen and help clean the environment. You’ll have to be careful with the ammonia levels in the water since these fish like to at a minimum. This means having a good filtration system to keep the levels low.

Feeding your fish is the next step. Angelfish will eat pellets and flakes but like a little variation in their diet as well. Throw in a bloodworm or two from time to time and some brine shrimp to mix things up.

Angelfish are also aggressive. Don’t let their beautiful delicateness fool you. Pairing them with betta fish, tetras or guppies is not recommended unless you want a bloodbath. Since most beginners start with one breed, keeping just angelfish may be best.

Angelfish lay lots of eggs. They give birth to live fry (young) and are great parents. They can live with the young without fear that they will eat them in their infancy. But, you will need a larger tank if you don’t plan on selling those new angelfish to breeders. They do like clean areas to lay eggs so you may need to have a separate tank just for breeding.

Watch your angelfish carefully. They are susceptible to illness if you don’t take care of the water. It’s called Hole in the head. No one wants that.

Are you considering angelfish for your freshwater aquarium? They are beautiful fish that grow large and breed fast. Give them plenty of room to move and good food in a stable aqua environment and they will stay happy forever.

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