Believe it or not, there is a lot more to taking care of a pet fish than you think!
OK, so you have finally finished moving your stuff into your new place. You have all of your furniture situated, the bedroom set up, the TV in the right spot, but something is missing. The final touch. You decide you should get a pet fish! Now, the question is how to take care of said fish. Follow these simple instructions for an easy guide to keeping your new aquatic friend happy and healthy.
Acclimate your fish
First thing’s first. Your fish will be in a new environment, and they need to be comfortable in order to thrive and he healthy. When you bring your fish into a new environment, they will have to adjust to it. Ask the person at the pet shop if there are any special considerations you need to make for your fish when you bring it home. By getting your fish acclimated to the new environment, you get off to a good start with your new friend by making sure it is comfortable. Make sure to not overcrowd your new fish by putting it with too many others in a small area as well.
Float your fish
Float the sealed bag of fish in your aquarium for at least 15 minutes but no longer than one hour to allow for temperature acclimation. Open the bag and slowly add a quarter cup of water from your aquarium. Repeat the process of adding a quarter cup of water every five minutes until the bag is full. This brings the temperature and chemistry together slowly, which allows the fish to acclimate to their new aquatic home without being shocked by sudden changes. Remove the bag from the aquarium and slowly pour off as much water as possible without harming your aquatic life. Lower the bag into the aquarium and allow your fish to swim out into their new home. You can also plan ahead and sit out water overnight before doing this, and have the temperatures already synchronized.
Maintain the proper water temperature
Changes in temperature cane easily kill your new fish. Don’t place your aquarium in a window that gets a lot of sun or next to heating or air conditioning vents. Drastic temperature changes can make your fish sick or even kill them. Tropical freshwater fish require a constant temperature of 72°F – 82°F depending on the species, in which case you’ll need to purchase an aquatic heater for your tank. Be sure to research your fish before buying, as this will bring down the number of questions about habitat that you may have about your fish. If you need the water to be at room temperature, you can set out the replacement water for your tank overnight, and this will allow it to get to the same temperature as the surrounding air.
Keep the tank clean
Not everything that’s green is a good thing. Algae buildup on tanks cloud the glass, gives water a murky look, and depletes oxygen, which can create health concerns for your aquatic life. Thriving aquarium plants can also be harmed by the presence of algae. If left unchecked, algae will rob plants of much needed oxygen. Pet stores have a variety of tools to help, which include scrub brushes, some with long handles and aquarium algae magnets to scrape off excess algae from the aquarium. Often times, you can invest a little money into pumps that will allow the water to move, which makes it hard for algae to grow. Keeping a clean tank also makes sure your fish has a healthy environment and you can see it swim around!
Have the proper food
Having the right food for your fish is super important as well. Some people assume you can just give bread to your fish and they will be fine. While this may be true to a point, certain fish have different needs, and you should make sure to research what those are. Tropical fish need different food than say, a beta fish or a goldfish, and you don’t want to kill yours because of negligence.