If you have never taken care of fish before, you might be wondering where
to start once you make the decision to invite these lovely creatures into
whatever space you choose to liven up with their presence. First, one
of the most important aspects of setting up your new aquarium is to cycle
the tank. This essentially means that you must first set up your tank,
including the filter and lights, then wait before adding your fish. Why
is this necessary? Well, to create a healthy environment for your fish,
your tank first needs to build up good bacteria, which can actually take
a few days or even a few weeks if your tank is particularly large.
Here are some more helpful tips for caring for your fish:
Never change more than 20% of your tank’s water at a time. Remember, when you first set up your tank, you had to cycle the water
to build up good bacteria. This same reasoning applies to changing your
tank’s water. If you change too much of the aquarium’s water,
you risk upsetting the water’s balance and killing off good bacteria.
Never overcrowd your fish. Your fish need enough room to swim and grow, so not having enough space
can cause stress and disease that will overwhelm them. Additionally, too
many fish in a tank will throw off the aquarium’s oxygen level.
Do not overclean the tank. You might think that an aquarium is just a tank of water, but it is actually
a very delicate environment and if you remove and clean everything in
your tank too frequently, you are going to upset the balance of it. Clean
one or two pieces of equipment at a time and then allow for the tank to
adjust before you do any additional cleaning.
Do not use cleaning chemicals. Never risk putting toxic chemicals into your aquarium. The best way to
clean your tank is to use old water to wash or clean the filter and decorations.
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