Tropical fish selection and care

Once the aquarium is set up and totally functional, it’s time to purchase the fish and water plants. One should have a good idea of the number and kinds of fish wanted. The fish should be environmentally friendly. Fish egg layer that flourish in an acidic tank aquarium should not be mixed with livebearers that prefer an alkaline tank even as just a holding tank. Temperament and behavior should be considered. Do not mix aggressive predators with smaller placid fish. Try to get fish that inhabit different layers of the aquarium. Avoid fish that will fight with one another or get in each others way.

When purchasing fish, it is best to go to a reputable fish or pet store. The fish stock in these stores will be more diversified and generally be healthier. The information one can get from the professionals whom run such store is invaluable care. Fish may be an ordered from the mail order stores option but, this is not generally preferred. Not only are you able to choose the best looking and acting fish from stores but, obvious and current information can be priceless. The general appearance of the holding tanks and aquarium should be observed as clear and well maintained.Yellowish, green or blue water indications, is not a good sign. That will indicate chemical treatment of the fish which are or, have been sick. Beware of tanks and aquariums that are dirty or have sickly looking or have dead fish in them.Fish chosen should be swimming actively and not darting nervously. They must look well fed and well bodied but, not bloated. Avoid skinny or emaciated fish. Fin’s should not be split or fringed. It’s best to make sure there are no white spots or fuzzy white deposits on the fish body. Their surface should be even and smooth and not look cloudy. Watch for them to be swimming naturally in a horizontal manner, not at an angle or whirl. They should not remain motionless at the surface bottom or in the corners of the aquarium or holding tank.

Once the fish be chosen and placed in a holding sack filled with some of the same water from which they came from, it is necessary to view them up close for any defects that may have been missed. The holding sack must have enough air for any lengthy travel. When the fish are brought home, it is necessary to acclimate them to their new environment. The holding sack should be floated in the aquarium for 30 minutes to allow the temperatures to equalize. The contents of the sack should then, be poured slowly into a plastic container or small bucket. About ¼ of the volume of the water in the sack is added to the container using aquarium water as the diluting solution. Wait about fifteen minutes, add another ¼ of diluting water and repeat this, two more times. Then, with a net, catch the fish in the container and place them in the aquarium. Never pour water from the shipping (travel, holding) sack, into the aquarium. This is just a precaution of preventing an introduce of illness to the established healthy main aquarium.

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