Tropical Fish – A Beginners Guide

b661f6c82da69cf25cd62730de41cc53Tropical Fish are such a beautiful addition to the home.  With their bright colors and flashy looks they can function equally well as a center piece in a living room or to be used as a night light in a bedroom.  One thing to consider though is that tropical fish tend to take a little more time and effort than your standard goldfish.  This is not to say that you need in depth knowledge of fish management or a large involved set up.  You will however need to pay attention to a number of factors to keep your fish healthy and happy.

The first thing to consider is fish selection.  While all tropical fish can be lovely to watch, some will work better with others.  As you look into which fish you will want to consult either someone at the shop or another resource to ensure that the fish you pick will live happily together and not eat each other.  Failure to do so might turn your investment in aquatic pets into food for one particular aquatic pet.

Next you will need to make sure your water is salty enough.  Since tropical fish are salt water fish they will need their water kept at a certain salt content level.  This is important as going too far in either direction can make your fish unhealthy or at worst kill them.  Also keep in mind that this is not a one-time activity, but will need to be monitored at regular intervals and adjustments will need to be made.

Also on the tropical fish owners list of things to consider is temperature.  While some fish can just placed in warm-ish water from the tap, your tropical fish will need a specific temperature range.  This is not only a consideration for water temperature, but also you will want to consider the environment of the room.  That drafty window?  Probably not the best place to keep your fish tank.  Also does your electricity go out for long periods?  You may want to look into a back up power system to ensure that your tank temperature doesn’t vary too much.

Lastly you will want to consider fish food.  If you search the shelves at your local shop you will find that there is fish food and tropical fish food.  While it makes sense, it is best to feed your fish food that is made for tropical fish.  Also the food container will instruct the owner on how much and how often one should feed.