Buying Healthy Fish

Once you’re prepared to purchase your fresh fish, it’s better to attend a reputable pet or water shop to create sure items go swimming. But before you get in, it’s always intelligent to decide which kind of fish you want, and how many you want. Especially when you’re pet-lovers, this will help you avoid the temptation or pressure to buy a fish that you haven’t planned to do–one that could transform your entire zoo knowledge overboard.

Now, you don’t want to purchase your full college at once— you might be baiting disasters. Start with a few of the greatest species. Then, as the seasons go by, steadily boost the amount of finny buddies in your fish tank. But, of course, only if you want–and if you’ve permitted more inhabitants to stay at your Hotel Califishy.

You’ve made it through the fake coral and plastic castles, and now it’s time for the real deal – picking out your fish. But before you grab that little net, here’s what to look for:

Activity. The fish you want to swim around the aquarium, with the others, readily. If you see a swim upside down, he’s likely not exercising his backstroke, he’s going to the plastic castle in the heavens. So, you’re likely going to want to send him on his manner. This is for any fish at the top of the tank, or lying on the floor (unless, of course, it’s the bottom rider).

Eyes. The faces of the salmon should be light and transparent–likely about 99 per cent of them. Although some fish are going to have strange-looking ears, not just because they’re uncertain of your costume. He’s likely healthy, but to be sure, it’s likely a good idea to really understand the features of the salmon you’re looking to purchase.

Fins. While concentrating on the eyelids, create sure the dorsal fin is not bent down. Unfortunately, this is a indication of an unsanitary fish. He’s not supposed to have a divided fin, too–you know! –but consult with the fish-heads, er marketing personnel, anyway, as the ripped tails can cure rapidly. You’re also going to want to create sure there are no indications of a fungus or black places on the fin.

Scales. Scales should be shiny, and free of white spots and excessive mucus. (Best not to swim around those.)

Aquarium. The aquarium should be tidy and the water should be evident. Dirty water and ponds are indications that the bad little fish are not being correctly cared for. Check out all the other aquariums in the shop, as this will let you understand just how useful–or not–the operation and servicing of the seafood shop really is.

To be honest, fishies, animal shops are not inclined to buy diseased or unsanitary seafood, because they have a notoriety to maintain–much like the Gold Angelfish–and they want you to arrive home, for Guppy’s sake. You may sometimes find ill Siamese Fighting Fish, among others, and if you do, let the shop understand. They might not even be conscious of that. Usually, the store is going to try out the small snails, and if they’re ill, they’re going to avoid lending them until they get stronger. Well, whew.

Getting your new fish home safe, from top to tail.

It’s always a good idea to tell the pet store how long your new finny friends will be in the bag, before you’re able to release them into their new home. In the meantime, here’s our petspert advice:

Bag at store Time before release Comments
Store added oxygen 36 hours Fish will be fine in the bag for up to 36 hours, very dependent on temperature.
Store added air 2 hours More air than water is needed to keep the right oxygen exchange. This way, fish can stay in the bag for up to two hours, dependent on how many fish are in the bag.

Getting fish into the aquarium, without tanking.

The best way to get your fish family safely into the tank is to do it in a couple of stages:

Stage What to do Why Time
Stage 1 Float the bag of fish in your aquarium. Allow time to adjust to the tank water temperature. 10 minutes
Stage 2 Add water from your aquarium to the bag of fish. Give the fish time to acclimatise to the water. 10 minutes
Important During this process, be careful to never add water from the fish store to the water in your aquarium.