If you’re starting a new hobby of tropical fish, then you’re wondering what kind of fish you should get. You may want something a little more advanced than the traditional goldfish that sat on your dresser as a child. The good news is that there is a wide variety of tropical fish today that you can find one that fits your personality and environment.
Let’s see some tips to help you choose the most suitable for your aquarium.
-Now think about this for a moment. Suppose you buy four small angels thinking they are perfect for your tank. They look great until one year later you wake up and realize that they have grown and now they are over 110 mm long. Suddenly, the aquarium that housed them with a lot of space is narrow, and the Angelfish does not seem too healthy. It is important that when choosing a tropical fish not only take into account space they occupy now, but how much they will take as they grow.
-A tip that any good tropical fish fan will give you is to buy your fish from a reputable distributor. Wal-Mart is not the place to buy fish you plan to keep for years. A pet store or an aquatic supply store that takes pride in what they sell will ensure you get quality stock. Any sick fish will be isolated from the rest of the group.
– Like people, different fish have different requirements in what makes a good environment for them. For example, Angelfish tend to favor tall tanks, while Tetras and Danios like space because they tend to school together and love to compete around! A fish like a Labyrinth, as the name implies, as places where they can hide, so be sure to have rocks, plants and other decorations that can also be removed.
When storing the fish in the tank, keep in mind that if you try to add too many, you will get the so-called toxic shock syndrome and risk losing the whole tank. Look for advice if you are not familiar with the amount of fish per gallon you need in your tank or if you are not sure about the space requirements of what you plan to buy. Once again, this is where it helps to go to a store specializing in tropical fish that can give you expert advice.
How to care for tropical fish
As soon as you put the fish in your tank, you should be alert immediately to prevent any disease. It is likely that you are admiring your new aquarium; However, you must make sure that your fish do not have any problems. If you keep an aquarium of tropical fish in your home, you must know how to care for tropical fish.
Knowledge of common diseases that attack tropical fish is essential for all aquarists. The tips below on how to care for tropical fish would be very informative and useful for all aquarium keepers.
Experts advise aquarists to maintain a quarantine tank. There are two important reasons to maintain a quarantine tank: (1) to see if the newly acquired fish has any disease and (2) to isolate the sick fish that is already present in your aquarium.
Bacterial infections (inflamed red areas) are quite common in tropical fish. They spread quickly to other fish in your aquarium and are fatal, especially if they are not treated. These infections infect the body of the fish first and then spread rapidly to the fins and other appendages, which leads to deterioration of the limbs. The main cause of bacterial infections in tropical fish is poor water quality. The best way to maintain good water quality is to change the water periodically and analyze a sample of water with the veterinarian or the local pet store.
The first symptom of fin rot is when the fin begins to fray or appears to be decomposing. Occasionally, you may find small holes in the fins that begin to form. Also, the base of the fin will commonly turn red, and this will greatly irritate the fish.
The growth of some parasites of fish in your aquarium causes marine ich. The most common signs of marine ichí are cloudy eyes, cysts that develop on the surface of the fish, pale skin and loss of appetite. There is a copper-based solution available at the pet store to prevent the fish from attacking the parasites. Changing the aquarium water and disinfecting the elements in the aquarium will give better results.
The skin of the fish infected with the velvet disease will look as if it had a dark talcum powder spread over it. These spots are small parasites. The scales are the target organ for this disease. Fish affected by velvet disease will probably look lethargic and show less movement than they usually do. You can also observe that fish have trouble breathing. If you notice that the fish are rubbing against the objects in your aquarium, it means that they have a velvet disease. This disease spreads very quickly.