Different Types Of Aquarium Fish

There are so many different types of aquarium fish that the choice of what type to keep can be daunting. Because the people in the fish industry, just like the people in the pet industry, have differing opinions it is wise to educate yourself. I’m not saying that you have to become an expert. But, don’t go into fish keeping blindly either. On the other hand, the last thing you want to do is become a slave to your pet fish.

Ok. So back to the choice that is right for you. Here are some important tips that will help you choose the right fish for your time and resources. Wallet shopping is important of course, but shouldn’t be the only factor. Many beautiful fish species can be obtained inexpensively and maintained easily. While some fish options can be costly and you will struggle to have them thrive. So how does one go about choosing the right fish?freshwater fish

Educate Yourself

There are many internet sites as well as the local library that can help you learn the basics of fish keeping. Make sure you understand the “nitrogen cycle”. Knowledge of the “nitrogen cycle” will save you a lot of time and money, whether you choose freshwater fish or saltwater fish. Also, find out the different types of aquarium fish are really suitable for the home aquarium, what basic equipment you will need to maintain healthy fish, and what fish food they require.

Visit Your Local Pet Shops

Once you have familiarized yourself with types of fish that interest you, visit the local pet shops. Take a look at what fish they have in stock and the general health of the fish. If the store isn’t taking good care of the aquariums that they want you to buy out of, then they probably could care less about what happens after you buy them. Ask questions. Listen carefully to the answers. Most answers should be common sense and fairly easy to answer. If it becomes obvious that they are fudging the truth or just blowing smoke, thank them for their time and move on. Get a good feel for the employees. I contend that the most successful hobbyists are the ones who find a store or even an employee that they feel they can trust. Once you have determined where or who that is, stick with them until they prove unworthy.

Review What You Learned

saltwater fishWith the new knowledge that you have acquired and after visiting local fish stores, review what you learned. Did the store(s) that you liked have the stock that you will need and the staff with the know-how you can trust? Were the fish in their tanks healthy and lively? Lethargy in most fish can be a sign of stress. Did they have the fish that you are interested in? If those fish require live foods, does the store keep a steady supply of fresh live food? It is difficult to get a fish that is used to eating live food to switch to frozen or flake. Once you are comfortable with the answers you come up with, it should be pretty easy for you to decide the type of fish that suits you.

Get The Aquarium, Filters And Other Equipment Ready

Once you have come to your decision, get the aquarium that will be the right size and shape for your needs as well as for the fish. Make sure that you get the equipment that is necessary. If you have a choice between two different filters always get the one that has more filtering capacity—it is almost impossible to over filtrate. Make sure that if you need a heater that you don’t get one that might have to work too hard and not be efficient. It always better to get a heater that is one size too big for the tank—that way it doesn’t have to over work The same holds true if your tank requires a chiller. Take into consideration the lighting that your fish may need. Too much light can cause algae and heat up the tank.
Choose The Fish

Now that you have set the tank up and have fulfilled the basic requirements for the fish that you want, start slowly. All too often, the hobbyist tries to do too much too quickly. In choosing your new pets, always go for the fish that is alert and healthy. Fish that appear lethargic, scared, have torn fins, sores or spots that appear unnatural must be avoided at all costs. The beneficial bacteria that will develop in your tank has to grow along with the amount of fish that you introduce to the tank. Too many fish at one time can cause high levels of ammonia and nitrites and doom the health of the fish. When introducing your fish to their new environment, let the bag they came home in float for fifteen minutes so that the temperature in the bag is the same as in the tank. If you decide to have saltwater fish, check that not only the temperature, but that the specific gravity is fairly close as well. You will learn a lot along the way, most of it from the fish themselves.
The above information is provided as a guideline. Many more factors may determine the choices you make. The most important thing to take from this article is that different types of aquarium fish can be enjoyed by anyone. Have fun!

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