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Tropical Fish Keeping

There are many things that you need to know about tropical fish keeping before you purchase an aquarium and stock it with fish. First, you need to make certain that you have everything that the fish need in order to survive. In order to be able to do this, you can use a basic checklist of items to ensure you have the base requirements needed by most fish. Your checklist should include the following:

  • Aquarium
  • Aquarium Heater
  • Filter
  • Thermometer
  • Fish food
  • Aquarium Hood
  • Gravel or Sand

Many aquarium kits available will include all of these things so you will not have to worry about finding and purchasing all of the parts required to establish an aquarium.

The second, and most important part of tropical fish keeping, is knowing what conditions your fish will need for survival. The first requirement, that is universal for all fish, is a cycled tank. A cycled tank is a tank that has the nitrogen and ammonia cycle fully established within the aquarium. This is an inevitable part of tropical fish keeping, and vital if you want to ensure the long life and health of your fish. Once this is accomplished, you will need to make certain that you meet the habitat and space requirements of the fish before purchasing it. For example, you will not want to put a baby wals catfish in a 10 gallon aquarium, as this species would never be able to survive.

In order to get a well balanced tank its desirable to have it well planted. Especially if a community aquarium is what you are after this a necessity. Shy fish can hide, it adds to the Oxygen/CO2 cycle and it looks plainly wonderful!

Once the habitat and space requirements are met, the next step in tropical fish keeping is feeding schedules and water changes. In order to have healthy fish, you will need to give them food and clean water. The water should always be dechlorinated before being put into the aquarium, and it should be changed at least once a week after the tank is cycled. Doing this will help prevent many diseases and other problems that can occur within a fresh water aquarium.

With the proper time and effort dedicated to your fish, tropical fish keeping can be very simple.


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