Many of us enjoy watching fish swimming in the aquarium. The aquarium allows you to make pets and acquire a new interesting hobby. According to experts, caring for an aquarium and aquarium fish is a less time-consuming process than caring for other domestic animals. Aquarium fish need a healthy environment that you can provide them with proper aquarium care. Here are some tips to help you with this.
Having installed an aquarium in the house, first of all, you need to pay attention to the water that you are going to use in the aquarium. Add all the necessary chemicals to the water in advance. Take care of air saturation of the water in the aquarium. For this purpose, use an air pump that must run in water for at least 24 hours before it can be launched into the fish. Also remember to filter the water. Water should not contain any foreign impurities.
Having installed and prepared the aquarium, you should not run too many fish into it at a time. Start a few fish first and wait a month, after which you can start a few more fish. Do not immediately buy all the fish you like. Remember that the choice and purchase of fish should be approached responsibly. There are aquarium fish with an aggressive nature that do not get along well with other fish.
Aquarium cleaning is one of the main aspects of aquarium care. At the pet store you can purchase a special kit for cleaning the aquarium, which will help facilitate the process. Remember that you cannot remove more than 30% of the water from the aquarium at a time. Replacing the water in the aquarium is necessary to maintain the required level of nutrients in the water, which in turn will have a beneficial effect on the growth of fish. Sachets with liquids to maintain the necessary chemical composition of water can be purchased at the pet store.
Lighting is also of great importance to the aquarium. The importance of lighting depends largely on the presence of living plants in the aquarium. In any case, room light is perfect for aquarium fish. It helps them stay active. In the daytime, there is no need to turn on the lighting of the aquarium. The lighting of the aquarium is turned on mainly during feeding, as well as when there is a desire to just watch the fish. Lighting is more necessary for the growth of underwater plants. It is also believed that lighting affects the color of aquarium fish.
Caring for the aquarium also involves regulating the temperature of the water. Here, the species of fish living in the aquarium is of great importance. Get an aquarium heater to help you maintain your water temperature. If the water temperature is above the required level, this can lead to the multiplication of bacteria and to a decrease in the oxygen content in the water.
If you notice a dead plant or dirt in the water, you can catch them with a butterfly net. From the remaining undesirable impurities, the water in the aquarium can be cleaned with a filter. Water pollution in the aquarium may indicate that you are overfeeding fish or poorly caring for the aquarium.
An unpleasant odor emanating from water can indicate an excessive amount of feed. Gluttonous fish can eat more and, therefore, excrete more excrement, which can also cause an unpleasant odor. In this case, you need to change the water in batches more often with the help of an aquarium siphon, which helps to remove waste accumulating in the water.
To fill the aquarium, do not use tap water, as it can adversely affect the health of aquarium fish.
If you use plastic plants to decorate the aquarium, do not forget to clean them regularly, since algae usually accumulate on them. To control the amount of algae, try to get fish eating algae. Excessive algae in the aquarium may indicate that you are overfeeding the fish, as well as excessive lighting.
Observation is the key to maintaining an aquarium. Carefully monitor the amount of feed consumed by your fish. Some types of fish are characterized by excessive scrupulousness in the choice of food. Make sure that your fish coexist peacefully in one aquarium. Observe the behavior of the fish.
A thermometer will help you monitor the temperature of the water. Water temperature should be checked daily. Regularly check the condition of the aquarium equipment. All this will help you maintain the health of your aquarium fish and extend their life.