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    How to Keep Tropical Fish

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Looking after tropical fish can be the extremely soothing but it is also a commitment if you want the fish to be happy and healthy. Having a fish tank can be a wonderful thing to add to your home but you must remember that they are fish and they need to be looked after. This guide will teach you the basics in caring for tropical fish so you can make sure that your fish are healthy and your tank is clean.
     

    Looking After Tropical Fish – A Guide


    • Firstly you will need to set up the fish tank. You will need to buy a tank, stand and hood and assemble them away from direct sunlight or any heating or cooling appliances. If you buy a tank which has a hood light then make sure when you get your fish not to leave the light on all day as this bakes the fish.

    • Rinse the gravel you are going to put in the tank until the water runs clear and you are sure that it is clean; then put it in the base of the tank. You should line the tank with about two inches of gravel.

    • Next you need to set up the filter and heater and plug them in. after you have done this you can add any decoration to the tank.

    • The next step is to fill the tank up with water that is room temperature.

    • Add the water conditioner checking that you follow the directions given to you on the label.

    • You then have to leave your tank empty for at least a day without any fish inside it.

    • Now you can do the fun bit of caring for tropical fish; choosing which fish you want in your tank. Make sure when you buy the fish that they get along with each other.

    • As a guide you should have one inch of fish to one gallon of water.

    • Think about how big your tropical fish will grow. If kept in the right conditions fish do get bigger and you will need to watch out that the fish still have enough space to swim about.

    • If you are not sure about particular fish then ask, it is very important that you are sure of what you are doing before you take the fish home. You will need to know which tropical fish food to use and what temperature your tank needs to be.

    • Once you have chosen and bought your new fish you will have to acclimatise them. Put the plastic bag the fish is in into the tank, it will float. The water in the tank should mingle with the water in the bag and the fish will get used to it, after several minutes you should be able to release the fish out of the bag and into the tank.

    • You must make sure you maintain the tank to a high standard. Do a water change once a month; stir the gravel to churn up any dirt particles. Take out about ¼ of the water and replace it with fresh, conditioned water.

    • You can buy hoses at pet shops that can be joined onto your sink; this is often very helpful at this point. If your tank looks dirty before the month is up then you should clean it more regularly. If you use your common sense you should find it easy enough to keep tropical fish.


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