Beginner Fish: Tropical Fish for Beginners in Freshwater Aquariums

the bacteria, and the tropical fish — not a recipe for a healthy tank.
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Thanks Sarah! I’m glad you found this article useful. Goldfish are bulky little fellows and can create more waste than you bargained for. It’s best to separate these ammonia builders so your other tropical fish can thrive. Besides, depending on your fish, you’ll be able to keep more tropical fish in your tank than you would if you introduced a goldfish.
Learn how to care for a tropical fish tank the easy way with these 5 aquarium maintenance tips. Follow these guidelines for happy, healthy fish.
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Many tropical fish keepers choose to use different forms of limestone in their aquarium. Using limestone allows for calcium and other minerals to leach out into the water column. Using limestone rocks also gives your tank a cool look and provides shelter for your tropical fish. The most popular limestone used in cichlid tanks is Texas Holey Rock Limestone. Performing regular Aquarium Water Changes is vital for a SUCCESSFUL tropical fish tank
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Photo provided by FlickrFor the freshwater fish beginner we would not recommend a small fish tank setup to start out with tropical fish
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FishLore provides aquarium fish tank information for tropical fish hobbyists, covering both freshwater and saltwater aquariums. We present aquarium fish tank information in an easy to understand way so that more can enjoy our wonderful hobby! Consider joining us on the forum where you will find people that like to talk about fish tanks as much as you!What should the fish tank temperature be set at?
The aquarium water temperature depends on the fish species in question. Different species require different temperatures. Generally speaking, for tropical fish a good temperature range would be anywhere from 72 °F to 78 °F (22 °C to 26 °C);. Research the fish you're interested in keeping before buying since some have different temperature requirements. For instance, the freshwater requires higher temperatures than most tropicals.How many tropical fish can I have?
The often stated general rule of thumb (don't stock your tank using this rule!) is 1 inch of fish per gallon of water. Remember to use the future adult size of your fish when computing the total inches of fish you can have. This rule is pretty silly if you think about it though. Do you think a 20 inch fish would be comfortable in a 20 gallon tank? A better rule would be 1 inch of fish per 2 or 3 gallons of water. Avoid the temptation to overcrowd your tank. If you do overcrowd the tank you will need to perform more often and you risk the health of the fish you are keeping!
Wash out your tank with water only! Do not use soap or detergents. Soap residue left behind will be harmful for your tropical fish. If you are going to use an under gravel filter (not recommended) now would be the time to set it up as well.
It's a good idea to have in mind what kind of freshwater aquarium fish you want to keep in your freshwater aquarium setup before you purchase an aquarium. Some fish only grow to be an inch or two, whereas other types of tropical fish can grow 12 or 13 inches or more in length! Knowing what kind of fish you want will help you decide the size of the tank they will need. If this is your first time with an aquarium, it may be a good idea to start with a 10 or 20 gallon aquarium setup for now and stock it with some smaller and hardier species.This film will show you how to select fish for a tropical aquarium. It will help you decide which types to choose and how many to keep in your tank.

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