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Bringing Home The Fish

As soon as you have set up your aquarium, you will probably be very eager to introduce fish into the water to complete the visual effects of your valuable creations. More likely that not, however. the variety of fish for sale at your nearest shop will render it hard for you to decide what to buy. Bear in mind your tank can only hold so many fish and of course your wallet can only hold so many dollars. So buy wisely and you may find these tips useful:

Buy From Reliable Source

Buy from a competent dealer and tap on the expertise of the salesperson at the shop. He should be willing and knowledgeable enough to describe any fish in his aquarium. Particularly ask about a species nature, its compatibility with other tank mates, and its diet. Be aware are though the dealer can only do this based on the norm of the species, but he should not be expected to guarantee compatibility.

Fish Size Matters

Also remember that big fish eat little ones. Tank mates should be of similar size and when deciding this, don't just look at the overall size of the fish. Consider too the size of the fish's mouth. Be sure to allow for growth. Few of the fists sold at the aquarium shop are adult size. Did you know for example, a full-grown goldfish can be over a foot long?

Another rule of thumb to remember is do not keep more than one inch of fish per gallon (about 4 litres) of water. When choosing species also consider whether they are diurnal or nocturnal. Clown touches for example arc lovely peace-losing fish. They are attractively striped with patterns of bright orange and dark black, but they are nocturnal and will usually hide all day. There is nothing wrong with keeping clown loaches or other nocturnal species, just don't fill your whole tank with them otherwise you end up spending lots of time admiring your own reflection on the glass tank during the day!

Feeding Your Fish

What Types Of Food

Like other vertebrates, fish need a diet of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins and water. You can provide them with all the nutrients they require by feeding them a varied diet of good quality foods - both live as well as manufactured. The primary objectives are to increase muscle without producing excess fat, to maintain good health and color.

Fish benefit from being fed as wide a variety of foods as possible. Try varying each meal so your fish do not become bored with their diet. As with all pets, fish sometimes take time to get used to new foods. So, give them ample time to adjust if they don't appear enthusiastic when fed with a new type of food.

How Much

The rule of thumb is never to feed fish more than they can consume within five minutes. It is preferable to feed a little at a time, and more often. Fish do not have stomach organs and are thus unable to store food for digestion. Give them small amounts of food two or three times a day. One method of measuring out the right amount of food for one meal is to give as much as you can pinch between your thumb and forefinger.

If other members of the household also look after the aquarium, ensure everyone is aware of the set feeding times so your fish do not get overfed. Also, uneaten food will decompose in the water and cause contamination, which may gradually lead to other problems. Use a net to remove any leftover food that is not eaten after ten minutes.

How Often

Feed your fish at approximately the same times) each day, and from the same location. They will become accustomed to being fed in this manner and will eventually come to greet you at feeding time. They may even eat from your hand. Take the opportunity to check for signs of illness, parasites or missing fish (killed or eaten by predators) during this time.


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