If you’ve ever been to an aquarium, then you know that there are
thousands of species of fish in the world. Tropical fish come in all sizes, shapes and colours. Which ones will you
use to outfit your aquarium?
They are all so beautiful but all fish are not for your tank.
You have to be discerning about the fish you put together. There are more tropical fish species out there than you
could ever count. You want your tank to be filled with beautiful fish that will give you hours of enjoyment. There
are many species of tropical fish like catfish, loaches, angel fish, rainbow fish, tetras etc.
Here are a few tips to help you choose just the right
Knowledge about the fish
Your fish tank will be a work of art through living colours. But
each fish is different just like other pet species have different temperaments. Books about fish can give you
insight on what types of fish are delicate, hearty, saltwater fish or freshwater fish. Now, when you go to the pet
store you are knowledgeable about the types of fish that you want for your home.
Health of the Fish
Buying fish, especially tropical fish, is an investment. As
such, going to a reputable fish breeder or pet store is best. These individuals have the knowledge you need to make
the right choices for your aquarium. What do you look for? If fish have any discolorations outside of their normal
pigmentation, don’t buy them. Fish that have white spots are probably sick. Fish that seem to be attacking or quite
aggressive to other fish in the tank will almost certainly do the same to other fish in your tank.
Saltwater or freshwater
Freshwater fish are less expensive. You can get started with
fish keeping for less. For beginners, freshwater tanks are easier to take care of and afford. They give you just as
much fun and pleasure as saltwater without the learning curve. You can always adapt your tank for buy a new one to
accommodate saltwater tropical fish in the future.
Saltwater fish cost more and are more labour-intensive when it
comes to maintenance. Keeping the temperature, salinity, pH and bacteria levels at a proper level takes constant
monitoring in a saltwater environment. Freshwater fish may be heartier and withstand conditions that other fish
can’t deal with.
Size of the Fish
Tropical fish come in many sizes. They may start out about an
inch long but fish grow just like any other animal species. They may be small and cute now but will grow to be
large and cute later. One problem with a tropical aquarium is too many fish for the size of the tank. Buy your fish
keeping in mind how big they will get. In this case, less is more.
All fish don’t eat pellets. Some like heartier food like worms.
New fish have their own special diet until they are old enough to eat what you feed the rest of your fish. If you
don’t want the food to ruin your budget so choose fish with simple tastes.
Before you invest in tropical fish, know what to look for when
choosing a species.