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.

January 22, 2010

Fish Tank For Beginners

Filed under: fish tank maintenance,fish tank responsibilities,fish tank water — Dr. Amber Reed @ 10:08 am

Investing in a fish tank can be a great way to bring some colour and personality to a room or office. Yet, with the investment comes a variety of responsibilities. Fish tank beginners will likely have a lot of questions they need answered so they know how to set up a good fish tank that is the ideal environment for fish. From water and temperature to light and location, the following tips should help you in getting started with your fish tank.

Many beginners think that tap water is perfectly safe for their freshwater fish. This is not the case. Because most tap water in the Western world is treated with chlorine and other dissolved gases to make it safer for drinking but can be deadly for fish. As such, water needs to be conditioned before you introduce fish into your tank. The easiest way to condition your fish tank water is to let the water stand for a couple of weeks in the tank before you put fish in it. Moreover, you can buy some chemicals from your local pet shot to remove chlorine and other harmful elements from your fish tank water.

Next, you need to consider the temperature of your fish tank. The water should ideally be warmed to somewhere between 23 and 26 degrees Celsius. Most fish live happily in this temperature range but if you’re not sure you can always ask at the pet store. Next, you need to ensure there is either a natural or artificial light source for your fish. They need light to feed and reproduce but you’ll also need light to promote growth of aquarium plants.

Finally, think carefully about the location of your fish tank. You need to ensure adequate light but never put a fish tank in direct sunlight as this can overheat the water. Also, avoid putting your fish tank near anything that can affect water temperature including heaters or air conditioners.

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