Buying Tropical Fish Roanoke VA
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Buying Tropical Fish
A lot of people think that keeping Tropical Fish for pets is easy, and maybe even boring. They think that these fishes are only mere decorative items that you can keep in a corner of your home. The thing is, these are actual living creatures, and unless you want them to die, you need to think of a few things before you make your Tropical Fish purchase.
Setting up your home aquarium
Before you think about what Tropical Fish types to buy, you should look at the spot where you plan to keep your aquarium. Make sure that it’s a place where external factors can’t change the water’s temperature. This means that you should stay away from windows because the sunlight coming from the window panes can promote algae growth in your aquarium.
Next, you should measure the space in this spot and the flooring that will support your aquarium once it’s set up. If you’re buying a 10 gallon aquarium, make sure that the flooring can support 100 lbs of weight. Usually, a 10 gallon aquarium is a good starter aquarium even if you’re only planning to keep three small tropical fishes. The less fishes there are in the aquarium, the less frequently you will have to clean it.
Then, try to compute the capacity of your aquarium. List the Tropical fish types that you intend to purchase and consider the 1-inch of fish length: 2-3 gallons of water ratio. You should always consider the full size of the fishes once they’ve reached adulthood. This way, you won’t risk overcrowding your aquarium. In other words, a 10-gallon aquarium would likely hold three 1-inch tropical fishes in their adulthood. If you plan to keep more than that number, you will need a bigger aquarium. But if you’re still learning the ropes of taking care of these fishes, you should keep the 10-gallon aquarium for now.
Research about Tropical Fish pets
Aside from the fish’s size, you should also research about the needs of the breed/s you’re trying to take care of. Think about the ph-level of water that they would need. Would you have to buy a heater? Is there a specific temperature that you would have to maintain? What kind of foods should these tropical fishes feed on and how frequently should you feed them? Do they breed well?
Tropical fish buying is more than just picking out bright colors. You have to remember that these fishes are first and foremost pets. If they tend to breed easily, plan ahead, and ask the store keeper if s/he is willing to keep your fishes babies once they’re big enough to be separated from their parents. You can also try setting up other aquariums to keep these fish babies in, but if you don’t have the space for bigger/more aquariums, you should probably pick a tropical fish breed that won’t multiply too easily.
Know how to acclimate fishes
Acclimation, in simpler terms, is the adjustment period of your tropical fish pet to its new habitat. You have to keep in mind that the ph-level and temperature of your aquarium is very different from the ph-level and temperature of the shop’s aquarium. You can’t just net the fish straight from the bag and put it in your new aquarium. The last thing that you want is a stressed out pet. Stressed out fishes die fast and are more sickly, so always take the time to acclimate them first.
There are two easy methods of acclimating tropical fishes: the bag method and the bucket method. In the bag method, you submerge the bag into the aquarium without letting the fish out first. You just untie the knot on the bag and let the temperatures of the two water sources come closer to each other. This will take about two hours because you also have to mix some of your aquarium water bit by bit into the bag’s water. This way, your fish can get used to the ph-level of your aquarium water. When the ph level of the two containers are close to each other, you can then net your pet fish and transfer it to your aquarium. Be careful not to contaminate the aquarium water with the water in the plastic bag. The shop’s aquarium could have bacteria in it, and you wouldn’t want your fish’s new habitat contaminated with unwanted bacteria.
The bucket method is probably easier and less stressful for both you and the fish. All you would have to do is to transfer the fish and the water in the bag to a 5-gallon bucket. Then, you can transfer some of the aquarium water into the bucket one measuring cup at a time. Do this for about 2 hours as well or until the ph level of both containers are the same. Once they’re the same, you can net the fish and transfer it into the aquarium.
Create the perfect habitat
The aquarium isn’t just made up of water and a four-sided glass container. To make sure that it simulates the natural habitat of the fishes you’re keeping, you have to make sure that you have the complete components of the aquarium. If you’re keeping freshwater tropical fishes, your aquarium equipments are going to be more affordable than those of a salt water one. In any case, both aquariums need to have a pump to prevent the growth of algae. You will also have to have the right kind of gravel for bedding, the right filters for your aquarium size, stones and plants (whether fake or real) for the fishes to “hide” in, and breeding beds, if you’ve chosen a fish breed that’s likely to lay eggs and multiply.
Tips for beginners
If you’re trying to maintain an aquarium for the first time, it’s best for you to choose hardy tropical fish breeds. These include guppies, heart tetras, and bala sharks. Just make sure that the breeds go well together if you’re planning to take care of mixed breeds in your aquarium. You wouldn’t want to watch a food chain in action while you’re maintaining your fish tank.