Apart from improving the houses aesthetic appeal, aquariums are generally helpful in life in many ways. Health benefits is one of the leading benefits. Although keeping an aquarium will give you a rewarding experience, for many beginners maintaining a fish tank can be a road filled with bumps. There are many details that one needs to understand before bringing aquatic life into the house: Details ranging from the fish to buy, to proper maintenance to when to feed them among many other details. As a newbie, here are some pro-tips to help you have a great-looking aquarium with happy fish
Before adding fish always cycle the tank
Cycling a tank is a process that needs to be done before adding any fish into the tank. It means initiating the necessary steps that will make the water conditions healthy for the fish. To start with, you should buy the fish and tank on separate days. This will provide time to grow the healthy micro-organisms needed in the tank to break down waste and make the water safe for the fish. Experts recommend having the tank run for at least one week before adding the fish. Many aquariums often come with a packet that you can use to introduce into the tank, the needed elements for cycling. Another alternative would be to add some small amount of fish food into the tank which will help start the cycling process. It’s important to note that attempting to cycle the fish tank with fish already in it will be detrimental to their life, they could easily become ill and die.
Acclimate your fish
Fish is very fragile, and to achieve the best results; you should consult the store associate on what their water parameters for nitrite, ammonia, nitrate and pH levels are. Once you get home, perform a test on your aquarium water to understand its chemistry. The greater the differences will mean the longer you need to acclimate your fish.
Leave enough room to roam
Overcrowding will make the water have low oxygen levels; which will impact negatively on the fish’s’ health. Besides, overcrowding will lead excess waste, which will clog the filter and degrade the aquarium water. To avoid these risks, ask a pet or aquarium specialist for the right size of the fish tank.
Before purchasing, research on the fish
Fish are of different kinds. Like human beings, they have different temperaments meaning not all fish get along well. Some grow gigantic with time which will imply on space. Simply put, you must do your homework before purchasing fish. Doing your research will help you avoid most beginners mistake who go to the pet store and buy fish basing on their attractiveness. Without realizing it, they end up with an aquarium whose inhabitants display increases stress, increased disease, and increased aggression. Basically, and an overall unhealthy condition for your fish
The condition of the water matters!
The state of the water will determine your fish’s health in the long-term. Tap water has countless properties and for it to support aquatic life, to needs to be balanced. You can use biological aquarium and de-chlorinating supplement available in pet stores.
Regularly replace the aquarium water
You should change the fish tank water at least once every month. This will not only help maintain a clean health fish tank, but it will also maintain nitrate concentrations at recommended levels.
Maintaining an aquarium is an intricate process, and the above tips should be of help.