A few Things to Know About Aquarium Care

By: Richard Allen

Many people who want a pet may choose to overlook a dog or a cat because they
think of all the food and maintenance which goes into taking care of our
mammalian friends. They often turn to buying an aquarium and a few fish as an alternative. Little did they realize that in order to take care of an aquarium,
one must know that it can take some work? Aquariums usually need care and
maintenance not only in regards to the equipment but also in regards to the fish
and plants that are put inside. Aquariums need to be well taken care of in order
to be appreciated. This means knowing how to clean, care and maintain an ideal environment for the fish and the plants inside. Following are some useful tips
that should be used in order to keep a well-maintained aquarium.

1. Avoid over-feeding.
Do not over-feed the fish in your aquarium. Learn what is the proper food and
the quantity necessary for the type of fish inhabiting your aquarium and do not
diverge from what is recommended. Being too generous will waste food and dirty
the water in the aquarium quicker. Although it is far from perfect or ideal,
since an aquarium is definitely not large enough to recreate all of the
different aspects that make up the natural surroundings normal for the fish, you
must be aware that you are trying to recreate as best as is possible a healthy environment for your fish.

Take waste disposal for example, aquariums may not be as well equipped in taking
care of the waste brought about by decomposition including the development of
nitrites like they would be in the natural underwater surroundings. But there
are techniques which can be used to prevent such wastes from excessively
polluting the aquarium environment and this starts by feeding your fish with
only the professionally recommended amounts and nothing more.

2. Change the Water.
Make it a point to change at least half of the water inside your aquarium once
each month. This will help in diluting and removing the nitrates in the water
before it accumulates to dangerous levels. Changing the aquarium water regularly
may also help get rid and prevent certain diseases from entering into the fish population in your aquarium.

Changing the water regularly may also help replace some essential trace elements
that may have been used up in your aquarium. An important point to bear in mind
also is that changing more than half of the aquarium water at any one time may
not be safe for the fish since it may create an abrupt change in the
surroundings that may be stressful for the fish.

3. Have a quarantine aquarium.
In the event that you have a sick fish, it is a good idea to have a separate
aquarium available to quarantine it from the healthy fish. Any new additions to
your aquarium can also be placed in this aquarium until you can evaluate them in regards to their health.. The quarantine area will help in separating the sick
fish from the others and therefore may help curb widespread infection. This also
holds true when adding new fish to your main aquarium. The quarantine area may
be used to get the new fish acquainted with the new aquarium environment as well
as help prevent possible contagious threats from directly affecting your other
fish collection.

Now that you realize that owning fish may involve some work, hopefully you will
not be deterred from entering into this rewarding experience.

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