Starting and keeping an aquarium is a relaxing and fun hobby for all. But there’s more that goes into keeping a happy aquarium than you might think. From tank size to fish choice, making the perfect environment for your fish can be challenging for beginners.
But don’t get discouraged! Here are five simple tips that will get you started on your journey to becoming a skilled aquarist.
Starting out with a small tank is not the best way to go for most beginner aquarists. In fact, a bigger tank of around 30 gallons makes more sense!
The smaller the tank the less water in the tank, meaning the water will get dirty and need more regular maintenance and changing. The water in larger aquariums is easier to maintain and keep at a set temperature. Just make sure to get a heater and filter equivalent to the size of your tank and you’re good to go.
Not all types of fish will live together in harmony, so it’s important to know what you’re getting before you get it. If you have peppermint shrimp, for example, you don’t want to have any fish in the tank large enough to eat it. You also need to make sure you’re buying freshwater fish for a freshwater tank, and saltwater if you have a saltwater tank.
Always do your research before buying fish!
It’s important to check the condition of your water regularly to make sure your tank and fish are happy and healthy. If you’re brand new to aquariums, you should check your water every day until you learn what will keep it healthy the longest. Things to check are the ammonia levels, water hardness, amount of nitrites and nitrates, and pH levels.
Changing the water in your aquarium is the bane of every beginner aquarist’s existence, but it’s also the most important step. What most don’t know is that you don’t need to do a full replacement each time. Replacing about 25% of the tank’s water bi-weekly should be good for beginners, as it won’t mess with the pH level too much and will remove enough waste to keep your fish healthy.
It’s hard to tell when a fish is hungry, and it’s even harder to tell when they’re full. But overfeeding will easily kill your fish, so it’s important to feed them just the right amount.
Just give your fish a pinch of food once a day and they’ll be happy and healthy. If they can’t eat what you’ve given them within five minutes, it may be too much.
There’s no better feeling in the world than maintaining a healthy, happy aquarium, but it takes practice. Make sure you do your research before getting started and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a master aquarist.
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