Caring for Fish in an Aquarium

joeldgreat By joeldgreat, 10th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Having an aquarium as a means of past time helps an individual develop a sense of responsibility, caring and patience.

Starting an Aquarium

The significance of having an aquarium in your home is that it can provide a means of relaxation, by just looking at different fish in your aquarium with their colorful features and differing sizes and shapes. It can give a relaxing effect in your household. It can also help in beautifying your home. An attractive aquarium in your living room or in your dining area helps improve the ambiance in the area. Having an aquarium as a means of past time helps an individual develop a sense of responsibility, caring and patience.

There are different kinds of fish that can be raised in an aquarium. They come in different sizes, color, shape, and texture. Choose those which are easy to raise and do not require too much time and expenses. Consult a pet store owner about this.

Fish requires a regular feeding scheme which should be followed religiously. Sometimes fish are sensitive with regard to their feeding habit. They should be fed on time and sufficiently, otherwise they may require disease or die for lack of nutrients.

Things needed in putting up an aquarium

- Optional aquarium set (complete set for different sizes of aquarium)
- Aquarium (types of aquarium) size ranges from 5 to 200 gallons.
- Filter tanks – sizes and capacity depends on the size of the aquarium.
- Water/motor pump – it is also depends on the size of the aquarium.
- Pebbles/stones
- Plants – live and plastic – for decorative purposes (live plants help supply oxygen in the water)
- Driftwoods/large stones/customized caves/castle, etc. – it serves as decoration and provides home and breeding places for small fishes.
- Bubble tubes (this helps supply oxygen for the fish)
- Fluorescent lighting (provides better lighting for your aquarium)

What fish to consider in starting an aquarium

Decide on what fish to raise (fish differ in size, color, appetite, temper or aggressiveness). Avoid aggressive fishes to be placed together in one aquarium, especially territorial fish because both fish could be violent to one another, and may kill each other eventually. (Consult your pet shop as to what type of fish can live together in a similar aquarium). Avoid mixing big fish and smaller ones, bigger fish may eat the smaller ones especially if larger fishes are hungry. Try to raise fishes of the same sizes and can live harmoniously. Try to raise fishes especially its size will determine the size of the aquarium. Smaller fish can be placed in a small or large aquarium, but big fish especially those who grow fast require a larger aquarium for their growth and larger space for improvement.

The type of filter tanks and water pumps are determined by the size of the aquariums. Smaller aquarium uses smaller tanks and pumps, bigger aquarium uses larger tanks and powerful pumps. (Consult your pet shop for suggestions on pumps and aquarium sizes).

Steps to follow in assembling you’re aquarium

Clean the aquarium with plain water from top to bottom. Check for leaks or cracks on the side and bottom of the aquarium. Assemble the necessary parts of pumps, filter tanks, bubble tubes, and hoses as directed in the manual. Place your pebbles, stones, and other decorations inside the aquarium, make your own arrangements and designs to make your aquarium attractive.

After decorating the place, fill the aquarium with tap water slowly and carefully so it won’t disturb the pebbles and decorations inside. It is suggested that the water should be poured into the side of the aquarium and let the water slide down slowly until it is filled up. After filling up the aquarium with water, install the necessary tanks, pumps, hoses, and fittings into the aquarium as directed. Test pumps, tanks, and hoses for leaks. Apply necessary water treatment in your aquarium. Strictly follow the dosage of needed water solutions and apply it only if necessary. Allow the solution to mix thoroughly with the aquarium water. Start water pump to help the mixture of solution and water to run for five to ten minutes before placing fish into the aquarium.

Place the fish slowly into the aquarium and observe them as they adapt to their new environment. Place the fluorescent light on top of the aquarium to provide better lighting and glow to your whole aquarium.

Cleaning and Maintaining of the Aquarium

For Cleaning. Use only plain water. Don’t use detergents and other chemicals. Water treatment, chlorine neutralizer, iodine solution, water clearer (follow dosage instruction). Clean the water tank regularly or depending on the clarity of the water. Do not over-feed the fishes because unconsumed feeds may cloud the water.

In replacing the water in your aquarium, drain 30%-50% of water from your aquarium, and then replace it with tap water from the faucet. Don’t use cold and hot water/luke-warm water because it may affect the temperature of the water in the aquarium and it may affect the habitat of the fish. Use foam or cloth in cleaning your aquarium.

Regularly check to see the water pump works well and in good running condition as well as the hose and fittings of the pump and the filter tank for leaks. Avoid overuse of water solutions to your aquarium; follow direction noted in the bottle.


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