5 things you need if you want to have pet fish

 

Taking good care of your pet fish is more accessible than it might look at first glance. This will enable you to enjoy it more and to increase its life expectancy. But before you go on and buy your favorite species, make sure you read this article to learn about some of the essential accessories you need for a smooth experience.

If your fish is happy, it will be alert, playful, active, and will live a longer, more meaningful life. I will break down not only the vital pieces of equipment you need but also some tricks that every beginner or fish care expert should know.

Adequate nutrition

The first thing you really have to do is feed your fish a varied diet. Proper nutrition is not something to be neglected, and that’s why I’ve decided to begin with this part. You need to feed your pet according to its species, since not all fish eat the same thing or at the same time.

For example, betta fish eat pellets for bettas, and exotic species eat tropical flakes. As universal treats, you can offer them bloodworms, shrimp bits, or algae wafers. But do that only from time to time, as it can lead to obesity and even death. Overfeeding is something first-time fish owners tend to do.

 

A proper tank

The next thing you would want to do is choose the right tank. The Internet is your best friend, so don’t be afraid to Google everything you want to know about the well-being of the preferred species. Just like with all pets, different breeds have different requirements. Betta fish, for example, only need a medium sized bowl to be happy, unlike other fish that need a tank.

 

Decorations

Something else you need to buy for both your own well being and for the fish is decorations. Creating a beautiful aquarium will make you play more with your fish, and will make sure your pet has plenty of toys to explore. Some ideal decorations are plants, which can be both real and artificial, rocks, ships and anything that is even remotely interactive and where your pet can hide whenever it feels like doing so.

 

Substrate

You should also invest in some quality gravel or substrate for your fish. Choose something that is non-toxic and easy to clean and that comes in larger elements like pebbles, so your fish won’t mistake it for food. Also, make sure that no matter what type of gravel you choose, you will change it at least once a week.

A quality water filter

The last thing I can recommend you buy, is a high-quality water filter because fish love clean water that is fresh and rich in oxygen. If you own a larger tank, you should go for a powerful water pump, which I promise that it will make cleaning sessions so much easier.

 

 

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How to take the looks of your fish tank to a whole new level

 

Although fish may not be the most interactive pets, they can still bring much joy to a house and represent the perfect gifts for small children who have just begun becoming responsible. However, keeping your fish happy does imply a lot of work and effort, and probably consistent amounts of money.

Apart from knowing which fish go together and buying the right lights and ventilation systems, you also need to know exactly how to decorate the fish tanks in order to create a calm and soothing environment that is also pleasant to the human eye. So, here are our top ideas on how to choose funny aquarium backgrounds and the best decorations for them.

 

Start with the substrates

A good way to create a beautiful fish tank decor is to start with the bottom layer. Here you have endless possibilities, from regular sand to colored sand, small gravel, glass pebbles, large gravel, and other types. Although it may seem that it’s solely your choice, sometimes the fish you are hosting will actually dictate the type of substrate you are going to use for their tank.

For instance, some fish spend most of their lives on the bottom, so you’re going to require a sandy substrate that is smooth and gentle for knife fish or eels. On the other hand, sand is not always the best choice if you plan on cleaning the tank regularly as it is lighter than gravel and you’ll have to replace every time you clean the tank thoroughly.

Gravel and glass stone represent a good choice for freshwater fish tanks but they are not necessarily the best options for large fish as they won’t provide a surface large enough for good bacteria to colonize.

 

Plants

The easiest way to improve your fish tank decor is to add as many plants as possible. Plants are not only good looking but are also extremely healthy for fish as they provide an additional source of oxygen, help clean the water, and make good hiding places for shy fellows. Moreover, plants will provide a more natural decor for your fish tank.

We suggest you opt for natural plants instead of fake ones in order to improve the tank’s water quality. Although cheaper and easier to look after, fake plants can also be somewhat dangerous as some fish will most likely chew small particles of them and might ingest the harmful plastic.

What not to add to your fish tank

As surprising as it may sound, although some materials are natural, they can still cause problems to your fish so they shouldn’t get inside the tank. We suggest you only purchase decor that was specifically designed for fish tanks and stay away from coins, copper, concrete, corals, glass, wood, large rocks, and even shells.

 

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