How to Care for Aquarium Fish
When you are shopping for fish aquariums, make sure that you also get the accessories needed. These include heaters, buffers, filters, heaters, gravel, floss, fish and food. You also need information on how to keep your fish clean and cared for. A good suggestion to practice when considering purchasing fish aquariums and fish would be to research the various fish and the different needs in caring for the fish. In order to better help you learn about aquariums and fish care, we have included some helpful tips in this article.
When maintaining tropical fish, heaters are needed. Make sure that heaters and filters fit inside the aquarium without needlessly taking up space, before you purchase your heater. You may need to purchase a different size heater depending on the size of the aquarium that you purchased.
What you need to buy-
Some accessories that you may also want to purchase when purchasing your aquarium include ornaments, plants, gravel, test kits, water treatment, and food. With the natural resources being maintained by the gravel, you can also add some décor by adding ornaments. You can make your fish at home by adding some plant life to your aquarium. And of course the all so necessary fish food to prolong the life of your fish. Most often tap water is used in the filling of fish tanks, for this reason water treatment is essential. You must research and find the water test kit that is right for your aquarium.
Caring for the gravel in your aquarium-
Removing any harmful substance such as dirt, grime and germs is the first step in caring for your gravel by using a bucket full of water. Now after you have cleaned your gravel free from anything harmful, the next step is to fill your aquarium half full of the water needed. Once your aquarium has the appropriate amount of water, you can then add items such as gravel, ornaments and plants that you wish to be placed in your aquarium. After placing your accessories, you can then continue to fill your aquarium with water. With the purchase of your aquarium, you should have received a manual. Use these instructions in the manual for filling your aquarium with water properly. At this time you can add your filtration system and heater. You should follow all instructions that came with your heater and filter systems. Now the last step in caring for your aquarium before adding the fish is the water treatment. Removing harmful chemicals such as metal, copper and other harmful substances is the purpose that the water treatment serves. If you do not use the water treatment, then you should delay adding fish to the aquarium for a few weeks.
Natural bacterial productions which are the result of water filled aquariums must be filtered out before fish can be added to the aquarium safely. At this point, you can then use the water test kit for determining water temperature and making sure the balance of chemicals is correct. Once everything checks out and is ready, you can now in small amounts start to add your fish to your aquarium. Always try to keep passive fish rather than aggressive fish in your aquarium.
Some passive fish to choose from are the gold fish, which are great for starters, the Otocinclus, the Plecostemas, which also will help to keep your aquarium clean.