Aug 26, 2008 - Choosing Tropical Fish For Your Tank

Choosing the Right Fish for your Aquarium - Live Aquaria
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The first thing you need to do is to choose the correct tank. A good size tank for your tropical fish is about 10 to 20 gallons. You can then either choose saltwater or freshwater fish, depending on what you prefer best.
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If all this seems like hard work, don't worry, you will soon become familiar with the types of tropical fish that work well in your tank and even have some favorites that you like to keep. When choosing fish for your aquarium, here's some tips to keep in mind: Top 10 Best Tropical Fish for Beginners | PetHelpful
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Photo provided by FlickrA complete guide to tropical freshwater brackish and marine fishes
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- A guide on how to cycle your aquarium.
- Learn the basics of aquarium lighting
- Overview of How To Breed Tropical Fish
- Great Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
- Horrible Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
- A guide to your fist aquarium
- Basic filter management
- Information on the effects of using carbon in your aquarium.
- A guide to aquarium cycling and how it works.
- A text about why you shouldn't alway trust your fish store.
- A detailed account of how to simulate seasons in aquariums
- How to prevent electrical accidents.
- thoughts about filtration
- Thoughts on how to optimize growth in fry.
- An introduction for beginners.
- Llists and describes the different methods of aquarium filtration, and then discusses their benefits and drawbacks.
- Information about how to find breeding triggers in different fihs species.
- Information about fry savers and how to construct fry savers.
- A gew tips on choosing healthy fish.
- A guide on how to make your own pebble cave for your fish.
- A technical article about modifying hardness, alkalinity and pH.
- The factors affecting fish growth - some may be manipulated, others not.
- Detailed guide on how to setup a freshwater aquarium..
- RO is a way to get very pure water in which fish such as dicus and neon tetras can breed and raise their fry.
- How to make sure that the materials you use in your aquascaping are aquarium safe.
- A guide that will help you choose the right fish for you based on tank size and experience level.
- Help beginners setup their first aquarium
- Protecting your fishes vital slime coat
- The biology of snails. Their advantages and disadvantages in an aquarium. How to keep them in check.
- How to set-up, stock and maintain an aquarium that replicates the Amazon watershed.
- Information about Wall mounted aquariums
- Hardness, alkalinity and pH are discussed technically, from a chemistry point of view.
- Introduction to water chillers.This is a great book when your first starting out becuase it’s a buyer’s guide with all the essential information you need to choose the best fish for your tropical fish tank.Most barbs are a good choice of tropical fish for the beginner. When choosing fish to accompany the barbs, you have to be careful about the tank mates that you put with the barbs, they are considered to be semi-aggressive and they can nip the fins of slower moving fish, like angelfish and betta fish. Some of the most common and hardy barbs are Tiger Barbs, Cherry Barbs and Rosy Barbs. If your aquarium is small, 20 gallons and under, you might not want to include barbs because of their territorial nature. Contrary to popular belief, betta fish are a poor choice for cycling an aquarium. Betta fish are a poor choice in any aquarium because they are easy targets for fin-nipping fish and they can nip fins of other fish themselves. In the wild, betta fish prefer to be alone living in cloudy almost swamp like conditions. A large tank makes them feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. are best left to their small well maintained aquariums and bowls.So what are the requirements to successfully keep goldfish? I am going to discuss only the fancy varieties because they are the ones most suited for life in an aquarium. Again, keep the larger common goldfish in ponds. First of all, the fancy varieties of goldfish are much more fragile than the unaltered forms, but they can be housed in much smaller quarters. A 55 gallon aquarium can keep three fancy goldfish comfortably for their entire lifespans (which are cut to about ten years due to health problems). There are quite a few varieties to choose from, but I would stay away from the more severely deformed specimens. You must provide good filtration and aerate the water adequately. Goldfish are extremely messy, and they like to have clean water. That is not a good combination. A powerful filter and frequent water changes are a must. At least change 25% of the water weekly to keep your goldfish in top shape. Cleaning the tank is also a must as they tend to be messy eaters leaving the leftovers to rot in the tank. In addition, goldfish are a coldwater fish. They CANNOT be housed with tropical fish. They do NOT need heaters in their tank. The higher temperatures reduce the oxygen levels in the water causing stress for the goldfish. Goldfish really should be housed with only other goldfish. If you really want to have tankmates, I can suggest white cloud mountain minnows, butterfly loaches, and apple snails as a few species that may do well with goldfish. Goldfish also happily consume live plants. Only java fern, moss, and anubias species will go untouched. Their diets need to be varied. A good quality pellet food made specifically for goldfish mixed with some green vegetable occasionally is a good start. Once again, goldfish can make excellent pets if their basic requirements are met, but they really require some effort on their owner's part. Give them a try once you have the basics of fishkeeping figured out.