Success in fishkeeping depends on choosing the right fish and buying fish supplies that are most suitable to them. Do your homework before you head to the nearest pet shop to buy your fish supplies. You should be aware that different types of fish have different needs. Read on for more information on selecting fish and fish food types.
Selecting the fish
Tropical fish thrive in water at 72 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In most cases, you will need an aquarium heater and regulator to keep the water temperature at a comfortable level for the fish and plants. If you’re a beginner, goldfish would be a good choice, since they don’t need any temperature control. The same goes for catfish, some darters, minnows, and sunfish.
If you’re buying fish for the first time, steer clear of more expensive varieties. Start with guppies, as they are strong, vividly colored, and bear plenty of live young. Black mollies, platyfish, and swordtails are also pretty, but they are not as strong as guppies. Be sure to keep warring fish varieties apart, as they will likely end up killing each other. Lastly, don’t overcrowd your aquarium. If your fish frequently gasp for air, that’s a sure sign that your tank is overcrowded.
Feeding your fish with the right food
Giving your fish a balanced diet
The most common cause of fish death is overfeeding. Uneaten food left to dissolve in your tank releases substances that are toxic to fish. Avoid feeding your fish on a daily basis, as tiny animals and plants inside your tank serve as its food supply.
Depending on the type of tank you have, you can add snails or catfish, which are aquarium scavengers. They eat all the leftovers and decaying plants, as they never have overfeeding issues. Using various types of fish food will help you keep your fish’s diet balanced. Good choices when buying fish supplies to feed your fish include dried food and finely chopped liver and meat. Bits of vegetables, such as boiled spinach and fresh lettuce, are also great especially for tropical fish.
Fish also love live food, such as water fleas, white worms, and red worms. You can easily buy these from pet shops and stores selling fish supplies. The common earthworm, when chopped up, also makes good food for your fish.
Water fleas, white worms, and red worms are sold at fish supplies stores, as some fish prefer live food. If you don’t have access to these, you may also chop an earthworm to tiny pieces and feed your fish with it. There is just one problem when fish eat raw food, like shrimp and smaller fish. If an infected organism gets eaten by a healthy fish, the fish will also be sick.
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