June 1, 2010

Creating the Perfect Environment for your Pet Fish

fish tankMany animal lovers enjoy pet fish because they can be very beautiful but relatively easy to care for.  While the fish itself may not be demanding as far as personal attention, feeding, and maintenance are concerned, there are still some things you’ll need to remember if you’re planning on getting a pet fish.  This article will focus on the environment for your fish, specifically the size of tank and placement of the tank, as well as a few other tips to help you get started.

The first thing you’ll need to do before getting a pet fish is pick an aquarium or tank.  The size of your aquarium can vary widely but for novice fish owners an average tank, no larger than 20 gallons but no smaller than 10 gallons, is a good way to start.  It is easier to maintain proper water quality in a moderately sized tank and you can have several varieties of fish living harmoniously in one of these tanks.  Usually, you want to aim for about 1 fish per gallon of water in the tank, but even this depends on the size of your fish.  Some experts recommend 1 gallon of water per 1 inch of full-grown fish.  So, if an adult fish is 1 inch long, you need 1 gallon of water.

Next you need to consider where to place your pet fish aquarium.  First of all, you need to remember to put the tank on a structure that will support its weight.  Generally speaking, aquariums weigh about 10 pounds for every gallon of water so you should choose a stand that will support that weight.  In addition, you should not put your tank in direct sunlight as this can cause the water to overheat.  Choose a room with plenty of sunlight but keep the tank away from windows.  Finally, remember that if you have any questions about how to care for your fish, ask somebody at the pet shop.  With a bit of research you can build a happy, healthy environment for your fish.

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