There are few things more serene and beautiful than watching colorful live tropical fish in your own home aquarium. It is a good idea however, to spend some time educating yourself about the proper care of live tropical fish before you decide to make the investment into an aquarium. Live tropical fish, just like any other pet, require specialized care to keep them healthy and happy. Fortunately, there are many resources available to give you the opportunity to educate yourself about the fish you are thinking about acquiring.
Live Tropical Fish Have Needs
Tropical fish that spend their lives in an aquarium need to have the water in that tank suit their needs precisely. Factors of healthy water include cleanliness, proper balance of pH and chemicals, and water temperature. If any of these factors are neglected, it can lead to diseases in your live tropical fish. Your fish will also need plenty of space, so keep in mind that bigger is generally better when selecting your aquarium.
Crowding your live tropical fish into a tank that is too small will lead to unsanitary conditions and illnesses with your fish. With space in mind, don't even bother considering bowls for your live tropical fish. Almost no fish will thrive in a fish bowl. Choose your aquarium carefully, and then add your water filtration system, heater, gravel and accessories to keep your fish happily swimming about their new aquatic home.
Your live tropical fish will also need to be fed regularly, and this is another part of fish care that you will need to research and learn what food is best for your fish. The good news is that there are many commercial fish foods available that will work with almost any kind of live tropical fish. These foods will most often come in dry flakes or pellets of various sizes to match the size of the live tropical fish you are feeding.
It is very important not to overfeed your fish since uneaten food can pollute the tank. A sufficient feeding schedule will generally consist of feedings once a day or every other day. To monitor whether your fish are getting the appropriate portions, watch them as you feed them. If they manage to finish their food within five minutes or so, they are probably getting the correct amount.
Keeping live tropical fish in your home can be a fun and relaxing hobby. The key is to learn how best to care for your fish so that they can offer you beauty and enjoyment for many years to come.