How to Take Care of Your Tropical Fish

To take care of your tropical fish, the first thing you have to do is set up your fish tank. It may take some time before tropical fish tanks become ready for its occupants. You have to fill it in with tap water and set up the pump, filter and heater. Make sure that the water temperature is just around 20-22 degrees Celsius. Higher temperature would be harmful for the fish. Leave the tank as it is for 6 weeks.

When 6 weeks have already gone by, you may want to bring a small amount of water sample to your local pet store to make sure that your tank is ready for the fish. They will test the content of your water sample and see if it has ammonia nitrate. Once you have the go signal, then you may start introducing your fish to their new home and their friends. Do not directly pour in the fish to your fish tank.

Place the plastic bag that it is in into the tank and live it there for 10 minutes. This will allow the fish to get used to the temperature of the fish tanks. Open the bag after that and let the fish swim out of it. Make sure that you don’t put in more than 5 fish at a time. If you want to add more, wait for another 6 weeks and make sure that they are not marine or coldwater fish.

Decorating tropical fish tanks includes choosing the gravel and accessories you want to place in your tank. These would help to spice up the appearance of your aquarium. Choosing the right gravel for your tank is very important. The gravel helps in the biological filtration and under gravel filtration. It also holds the roots of the plants that you put in the tank. It is not advisable to replace the gravel with stones or marbles. If you want to use those for decoration, you must first put gravel then add the marbles over it. Gravels come in different colors and sizes.

The best size for an aquarium is 4 to 6 millimeters. As for the other decorations, you may want to add corals and plants that may serve as the hiding place of your pets. You may also add little buried treasures, clams and pearls that you may buy from fish supply stores. You would surely find some cheap and quality made products for your tank.

You have to remember that tropical fish tanks must be cleaned once every two weeks. Cleaning the tank includes changing 20% of the water, vacuuming waste debris and food leftovers and removing algae from the tank. First, you have to prepare a bucket full of tap water and leave it for 24 hours. When it’s ready, you may start cleaning the tank by turning off all the electrical devices in it. Start vacuuming the tank until you’ve removed 20% of its water.

Use this water to clean the filter and other tank decorations. Remove the algae around the tank then pour in the tap water you prepared the day before. You may turn on the electrical devices again after that and you’re done. This method is for freshwater tanks only, if you have saltwater tanks, then prepare the saltwater the day before and follow the rest of the steps above.

To lessen algae build up in tropical fish tanks, make sure to feed your pet properly. Do not be fooled by the instruction of the manufacturer on how often you must feed your pet. A small pinch every 2 days is enough for them. Don’t worry; this really is just the right amount of food that they should eat.

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