Tips to Keep Your Fish Happy, Healthy : home aquarium maintenance, snail eggs
How to Have a Healthy, Happy Aquarium
Research the fish you would like to own.You want to know things like, their adult size, what their natural environment is, what other fish they are compatible with, and what kinds of things they eat, what temperature range they live in, and the pH range they will tolerate.
Buy a tank that is going to fit all the fish!Not the size they are now, but the fish's adult size! Your fish should have no problem turning around in the tank once they reach their adult size. Each fish should have several gallons of water for just them.
Get substrate that your fish would expect i.e.sand for salt water fish, pebbles for river fish. You should have 1 pound of substrate for each gallon of water
Chose a filter system that will be right for you.There are many out there, each requiring different amounts of care and maintenance.
Buy plants and wood to make hiding places for your fish.Many fish will be more comfortable and less shy if they have dark places they can go to hide if they feel nervous or are just trying to get out of their light.
You'll need a thermometer and heater!Make sure you get one that will be able to heat the amount of water in your tank
Get a hood!Lots of fish can be good jumpers and need to have the tank covered so they can't exit the tank.
Buy all the chemicals you need to start up and maintain a tank, such as dechlorinator to make tap water safe for fish.
Make sure your tank is on a sturdy stand, 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water weight about ten pounds plus all the rocks!When adding the water, it works well if you put a large plate one the bottom of the tank so the water doesn't move all the substrate.
Add all of your chemicals to the tank, plug in the filters and let the tank run!Its advisable to let it run for at least a month before adding fish, adding fish food to feed the beneficial bacteria that should start to grow in the filter. There needs to be a high level of beneficial bacteria to get rid of the waste produced by the fish when you add them, otherwise the fish will die slowly and painfully in the toxic water.
Test the water!either buy a 35 dollar test kit or take in a water sample to a fish store. You should check for pH, ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates! The pH should what the fish you intend to keep would have in the wild, ammonia and nitrite should never be above 0 or the fish will get sick. Nitrates help plants to grow but too much causes algae, it shouldn't be above 40ppm.
Get your fish!Not all at once though. Too many fish at once will mean that the filter bacteria cannot cope with all the waste. No more than 1 large or 5 small fish should be put into the tank within a week period.
Once you bring the fish home (only after the water has safe levels of chemicals) "float" them in the bag they are in on top of the water for about half an hour.Do this so they can adjust to the temperature. The add a small amount of tank water to the bag every 10 minutes or so for about an hour, or more if they are sensitive fish. This helps the fish prepare for the unique water conditions in your tank.
Turn off any tank lights to make the transition less stressful for the fish.Do not feed your new fish until a day has passed from purchase. Stressed fish will most likely not eat or it will produce a lot of waste. Let it settle and get used to its environment before trying to give it food.
Doing weekly or biweekly 25% water changes will keep your fish happy and healthy.Invest a gravel siphon(vacuum) and dechlorinator, this should be added every time tap water is put into the tank, as chlorine is very painful for fish.
QuestionHow do I keep two Angelfish from fighting?Community AnswerMake sure your aquarium isn't overcrowded and there are plenty of hiding spaces for your Angels.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the ideal temperature the aquarium should be kept at?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the fish you plan to stock. Tropical fish need 78-82 degrees. Goldfish do fine without a heater, but if you use a heater in spring and summer and no heater in autumn and winter, they'll be healthier and grow to a bigger size.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do for a fish that doesn't come up after being pushed down?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour filter could be too strong. This is especially likely if your fish is small. Try a different or less powerful filter.Thanks!
QuestionI want to make my beta fish happy, what decorations should I use?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUse soft decorations, their fins are very soft and can rip on sharp, pointy things. Live plants are a good option.Thanks!
QuestionHow often do I feed the fish?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on the type of fish and how many you have, but typically if it is a goldfish or betta fish, it should be fed once in the morning and once at night. The amount should be about a small pinch for one fish. For all other fish, a small pinch per fish once per day should be fine.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I reduce pH of the tap water?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFirst, you should use water conditioner before you add it to your tank. Then you should put some pet moss in the filter.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do about fungal growths on the fish's body?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPlace the fish into a medical tank. This tank should be roughly 8 to 10 gallons. Medicate with a trusted medication. Make sure you do not have a carbon filter as it neutralises the medication. Change 25% of the water daily and after seven days check for fungus. If there is none, then reintroduce them to your main tank again. If fungus is still a problem, take your fish to the vetThanks!
QuestionDoes it matter what color of light I choose?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt does not. However, white light is common and ideal to match the fish's natural environment.Thanks!
QuestionHow many sucker fish can I put in my twenty-gallon tank?Top AnswererPreferably, none. The common pleco can grow over a foot long and produces a lot of waste.Thanks!
QuestionMy guppies are not eating anything, what can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCrush the food and mix it with some garlic if you are particularly worried, or get a new type of food, however if they are new fish they won't eat for a while due to the stress of moving habitats.Thanks!
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- Make sure fish are compatible.
- Make sure you buy a tank large enough for the fish's adult size.
- Make sure you give the fish some dark time. They don't have eyelids so they need some time in the dark every day. The easiest thing to do is just turn off the light once the sun sets and vice versa.
- Clean the tank once or twice weekly!
- Do not introduce quarry sand or sand/gravel that is not advertised as use for fish. It could hurt them.
- Never touch your fish! Some fish can actually get burned by your touch!
- Make sure fish are compatible but don't be surprised if you have some squabbling at first to establish who the top fish is!
- Do not mix goldfish and tropical fish! Goldfish are considered to be very dirty fish and prefer their own pH!
- Don't overfeed your fish. Feed them small amounts of fish food 1-3 times a day.
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