Five Tips For Looking After Fish In A Home Aquarium

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  1. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    A home aquarium can add color and life to your family area. You can excel at this hobby, once you know how to take care of your fish.

    Tip1: Select an aquarium that best suits your needs.

    You should select a suitable size for your aquarium. Take an aquarium that is neither to big to manage and keep clean neither too small to restrict the fish from swimming easily. The size of the aquarium should complement your living area surroundings. If you have a large aquarium that is difficult to manage like a 50+ gallon aquarium then you won’t even notice if one or two of your fish dies. Once this happens the water in the tank will get polluted instantly and harm the plants and the rest of the fish.

    Plants are difficult to manage in a large aquarium as proper lighting arrangements have to be made for the plants to grow normally.

    Tip 2: Purchase all the supplies required for your home aquarium.

    Some of the supplies you will need for your aquarium are an aquarium, its cover, a heater to regulate water temperature. A replacement filter, gravel for the bottom. You’ll also need a 5 gallon bucket to replace the water in your aquarium.

    For cleaning the tank you will need a glass scrubber, aquarium filter, replacement filter media, and chemical test kits. You can decorate the aquarium with specific aquarium decorations, plants natural and artificial, and fish net.

    Tip 3: Keep a close watch over your aquarium.

    Keep a close watch for parasites and bacteria in your aquarium. These can cause fungal infections in your fish and plants. The parasites normally enter the aquarium through an infected fish. You should be very careful to see if any of your fish develop any symptoms of being infected. If you notice any such thing, keep the infected fish separate from the other healthy fish.

    When you buy a new fish for your home aquarium, be sure to observe it by placing it in a separate tank for a few days. This will help you in discovering if the new fish has symptoms of an infection. If the fish is doing well then you should add bit to the actual aquarium with other fish. Do not keep a lot of fish in the aquarium. Otherwise, you’ll have ammonia problems in the aquarium and a few or all of your fish may die as a result.

    Tip 4: Choose your fish wisely.

    Buy the fish that is compatible with the fish that you already have in the aquarium. Never go for the fish that will not be able to get along with the ones that you already have. You can get a lot of information about the right types of fish to keep together in a pond. You can get this information from your local store or the internet.

    Tip 5: Give a balance amount of feed to your fish.

    Overfeeding can be one of the probable reasons for the death of your fish. It will be better that you set a routine and give a certain amount of food at the right time.

    These tips will surely help you in having some of the best home aquariums. Best of luck in your endeavor.

    Source, http://www.articlecity.com/articles/pets_and_animals/article_3360.shtml
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2016
  2. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Since when were 5 gallons big?
     
  3. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    +1
     
  4. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    Yeah, I dunno why that would be considered big.
    Ooops, that was supposed to be 50+, fixed. :)
     
  5. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    A 50 gallon tank is good sized, but I would ony consider an aquarium large if it was 120+ gallons.
     
  6. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    For a general hobbyist, that has one or two aquariums, 50 and over is large.
     
  7. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    Is a 40 gallon large? I have a 55 gallon and four 40 gallon tanks :D
     
  8. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    IMO, no, but like I said, for someone that just wants a tank to enjoy, sure, it could be large for them.
     
  9. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I am going to get a 125 for my electric blue haps eventually.
     
  10. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I consider a 55 a good starter tank. It may be large, but not huge.
     
  11. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    For some, it all depends on your living space. ;)

    Also depends on how serious they are about the hobby. Most people start off small, and upgrade as their passion in the hobby increases.
     
  12. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    With a tank that size, a large variety of fish can be housed happily for their entire life. With smaller tanks (40/below), there just isn't nearly as much variety. Along with that, it's large enough for it to be easy to maintain stable water parameters, but not so large it takes most of your Saturday to clean.
     
  13. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    I think that 40 gallon tanks are a good size.
     
  14. Ozzy47

    Ozzy47 German blue ram Fish guru

    Believe me you are preaching to the choir. But someone looking to start off in the hobby, it is tough to get them to shell out the extra money for the bigger setups, when they don't even know if they will still like it in a month.
     
  15. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    Another option is a 36x24x24. They have a good water volume and take up less length than standard 55s.
     
  16. CarpCharacin

    CarpCharacin Rainbow cichlid Administrator Fish mentor

    A 36x24x24 is 90 gallons.
     
  17. Angelphish

    Angelphish Bolivian ram Well-known Member

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    I never said it held less water, I said it was shorter, and would fit better than a standard 55 in most spaces.
     

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