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    How to Care for Fish

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Caring for fish requires commitment because fish need an optimal environment to live. This guide on how to look after fish will give you some guidelines which will apply to most fresh water fish you will find in pet shops but not to salt water or tropical fish. Different fish have different requirements so you will have to research what your specific type of fish needs to be completely sure you are caring for fish in the right way.
     

    Caring for Fish – Instructions


    • Make sure that you buy a healthy fish. Watch the fish in the tank before you choose one. They should move about the tank as if they know where they are going. Look for any signs of sickness such as cloudy eyes or slimy bodies; if you spot these symptoms do not buy the fish.

    • If you already have some fish then you will need to keep the new fish in a quarantine tank. Keep the new fish in this separate tank for two to three weeks. This is very important because if one of the fish you have bought becomes ill and you haven’t quarantined it there is a high possibility that all of your fish will die.

    • You need to situate the tank in the right place within the room. Make sure it is away from windows, doors and heating systems. You must try to prevent drafts and sudden changes in temperature.

    • It is essential to maintain the water. Make sure that you test the ammonia, nitrate and pH levels regularly. If you have a chemical imbalance in the water then there is a high chance that your fish will become unwell.

    • Once the quality of water is good then you can use a special filtered siphon to change 20% of the water every 10 days. Have a look in the pet shop that you buy your fish from and they should sell test kits and siphons.

    • When feeding your fish you will need to provide them with the correct diet. Commercially prepared fish food is the easiest way of doing this. You should store the fish food in a cool and dry place and replace it every few months.

    • You must make sure that you keep the tank clean. Make it part of your routine to clean out the uneaten food and waste from the tank every other day. you can remove this waste with a net; make sure that you clean then net well before and after use so that you prevent any infections from spreading.

    • Some fish do jump so it is very important that you keep a lid or hood on the tank at all times.

    • Fish can become stressed easily so to minimise their stress levels you must try to keep the conditions around their tank the same. Drastic changes in light or contrast activity outside the tank can affect your fish’s resistance to disease.


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