7 Ways to Properly Care For Your Fish.
So you have finally gotten your pet fish from the pet shop, after months of procrastination, trying to decide what type of fish you want and whether you can properly take care of one. The tank is all set up and they are now in their new home, but how do you take care of fish over time? How do you prevent them from dying too quickly? With these tips all your questions should be answered.
1.Add natural water plants.
Natural plants can be beneficial to your fish, they provide shelter, helps to filter the water and serves as food. Check to ensure however that the plant is compatible with the type of fish you have. Remember, however, that you should remove all diseased and dead plants, cut overgrowth and get rid of algal growth.
2.Enrich the environment.
Your fish will need something to do other than just swim around in the tank. Provide them with places to hide under, swim through, things that can challenge them. These could include beautiful gravel, rocks, water cascades and pebbles.
You should feed your fish at least 1-3 times per day. Fish should be fed in small amounts as having extra food lying at the bottom of your tank could contaminate the water.
4.Perform water changes weekly.
Do a potential 20-25% water change weekly. Make sure you vacuum the gravel. Add clean water from tap but remember to condition water. Also do not replace the filter if it looks dirty, simply rinse it off with already used tank water so as not to kill any of the useful bacteria that may be living inside.
5.Test the water regularly.
Test the water to ensure there is 0 nitrite, 0 ammonia and under 40 nitrate. You should also check the temperature of your water.
6.Monitor your fish.
Observe your fish while they eat, ensure they swim around and not stay at the bottom of the tank. Ensure your fish are getting along and check for changes such as: change in color, falling off fins and damaged tails.
7.Do not stress your fish.
Stressing fish can cause death as they will panic so try not to. You can do this by not slapping the tank, putting in your hand in the tank if you don’t have to or jumping near the tank.
Having a pet fish can be beneficial to your and your family, they are quiet and provide a tranquil, calming effect on whoever watches them. So go ahead enjoy the benefits of owning your fish and ensure you take care of them properly.