If you want freshwater fish like aquarium pets, you need to know how to take care of them.
To keep your fish happy and healthy, following these tips will help to keep the aquarium fairly easy and trouble-free.
- Acclimate the rays. The fish is delicate. For best results, tell the store to define their water parameters for nitrate, nitrite, ammonia and pH levels. When you’re away, check the aquarium water for its chemistry. The greater the differences, the longer you need to acclimatize your fish.
- Float the fish. Float the sealed bag of fish in your aquarium for at least 15 minutes, but not more than one hour, to allow the temperature to acclimate. Open the bag and slowly add a quarter cup of water to your aquarium. Repeat the process of adding a quarter of a cup of water every five minutes until the bag is full. It brings temperature and chemistry together gradually, allowing the fish to acclimate to their new aquatic environment without being surprised by sudden changes. Remove the bag from the tank and slowly pour as much water as possible without destroying the aquatic life. Lower your bag in the tank and let your fish swim in their new home.
- Room to stroll. Overcrowding can lead to low levels of oxygen in the water. Another overcrowding crisis involves excess waste, which cloggs the filter and degrades your aquarium water. In addition, too many small-scale fish can cause fatalities. Check with a pet specialist for the right size of your fish tank.
- State of the air. Air for fish is the water for humans. It’s critical to the long-term health of your fish. Tap water comes with a multitude of properties that need to be balanced in an aquarium to sustain aquatic life. Use a de-chlorinating or biological aquarium supplement available at your local pet store to better clean water.
- Maintain proper levels of pH. pH determines the acidity and alkalinity of your water tank. Purchase a pH test kit and use it to check your pH level. Freshwater fish grow as pH levels vary between 6.6 and 7.8 depending on the species. This collection will provide a natural antiseptic effect that helps your fish with disease resistance. If you want a healthy aquarium, be sure to check for any fluctuations in pH levels on a regular basis.
- Replace the air of the tank. It is recommended to switch 25% of your aquarium water at least once a month. This will help maintain a clean, healthy tank and keep nitrate levels at a safe level. Use the gravel vacuum to siphon off water and dust. Keeping your water clean and maintaining balanced water parameters helps to promote healthy, strong fish.
- Maintain an adequate temperature of the water. Changes in temperature can cause havoc on aquarium fish. Don’t put your aquarium in a window that gets a lot of light, or next to heating or air-conditioning vents, as extreme temperature changes can make your fish sick or even kill them. Tropical freshwater fish require a constant temperature of 72 ° F–82 ° F depending on the species, in which case you need to buy a water heater for your fish.
- Wash the side of the tank. Not all that is green is a good thing. The build-up of algae on the tanks covers the glass, gives the water a muddy appearance, and depletes the oxygen that can cause health concerns for your aquatic life. Thriving aquatic plants may also be adversely affected by the presence of algae. If left unchecked, the algae will rob plants of much-needed oxygen. Pet stores have a variety of tools to help, including scrub brushes, some with long handles and aquarium algae magnets to scrape excess aquarium algae.