So you’re getting ready to start your new home aquarium. You’re planning all of the beautiful fish and coral you’re going to put in, you’re figuring out the best home aquarium types, and you’re doing your research. You’re already well on your way to being a great fish owner.
But setting up a healthy home aquarium isn’t as easy as it looks. Everyone knows that you can’t just plop a fish in a bowl and call it a day.
We’re here to help you create a safe and healthy ecosystem for your fish. Read on to learn all about setting up a home aquarium.
Pick The Right Size
One of the biggest mistakes that new fish owners make is buying the wrong size aquarium. They see that fish are tiny and assume that they don’t need that much space.
Keeping a fish in too small of a space is both cruel and dangerous. Fish need space to roam, hide, and get stimulation. If you have too many fish in a small space, they may start to get aggressive.
While you’re researching fish, check on their space requirements. All fish require different amounts of space and you’ll need to keep this in mind when you’re combining them into one aquarium.
When you’re ready, either visit a local pet supply store or look online for the right aquarium size for you. Check it out today.
Choose Lighting Carefully
Did you know that the lighting around your fish tank matters?
Again, all fish have different needs. Most of the time, however, if you also have plants in your tank you want to have a standard day and night cycle for your lights. Twelve hours on and twelve hours off is a good rule of thumb.
For fish that live closer to the surface in the wild, it’s okay to have a brighter light. For fish that prefer the deep and dark spaces of the sea, soften the light.
Make sure that the light doesn’t impact the temperature of the tank.
Learn About Fish Interactions
So you’ve started assembling your tank and you’re ready to start filling it with fish. Exciting! Don’t get ahead of yourself, though.
You want to make sure that all of your fish are healthy. First, introduce a few into a healthy tank and see how they react (and how the water reacts). You need to make sure that your ammonia and nitrate levels stay at 0 before introducing more fishy friends.
When you’re buying new fish, make sure that you’re not getting fish that will be violent towards each other. For example, angelfish and betta fish often feel the need to attack other smaller fish.
You want your tank to thrive, not become an underwater fight club.
Start Setting Up Your Home Aquarium
These are only a few things that you need to keep in mind when you’re setting up your home aquarium. For more tips, talk to aquarium experts. There are plenty of online forums where you can find other aquarium enthusiasts to give you great advice.
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