What if your house doesn’t have room for cats or dogs, but you still want to have a pet? Then fish will be a wonderful pet for you. They are beautiful, easy to take care of as long as you choose one that is suitable in your condition. If you want to pet a fish, here are some fishy things you need to know to keep your fish healthy and happy.
Start with an easy-to-take-care fish
On the very first day, you should pet just one kind of fish, instead of many fishes at the same time. And you should find out which one is suitable for beginners because maybe the fish you like is hard-to-take-care. Starting with freshwater fish is better than saltwater because the saltwater environment is hard to maintain.
Some best beginner fish for you to choose:
– Krib fish: this dwarf cichlid is a colorful fish that’s easy to care for, which made it so popular. Krib is not aggressive and doesn’t need complicated living conditions. You should pet a male and a female one together to see their unique parenting habits.
– Neon rainbowfish: like its name, this kind of fish will have a beautiful neon color when it grows up. They are a peaceful fish so that petting them in groups of five or six is not a problem, but make the tank is more lively.
– Corydoras Catfish: this kind of fish will help you to clean your tank by sifting through the substrate and debris. The fish is also appropriate to pet many ones together so you can see their interesting interactions.
Pick a nice tank
You may be confused about whether a small or a big tank will be suitable for your fish. Some experienced fish owners recommend that larger tanks are much easier to clean, maintain and work well for any fishes. Because if you buy a small one and when your fish grows bigger, it is indeed a problem.
Set up a tank
The most important factor of a tank is temperature. You should put it in a fresh and airy place, away from direct sunlight or children-reach zone.
The next step is to install an aquarium heater and filter system. Choose the one that goes well with your tank’s size. The fish store owner can give you advice which one is right for your fish. This step is optimal because it’s not a big deal if you don’t want to invest much in the tank. But then you must carefully take care of your tank because it can get dirty quickly.
Maintain your fish tank
Feed your fish a little bit once a day
Many people usually worry that their fish will be hungry if they feed them too little. It leads to a significant amount of food not only make your tank dirty, but you also overfeed your fish.
Replace about up to 25% water of the tank every two weeks
It depends on the dirtiness of your tank that you can replace the water appropriately. But remember that, do not replace all of the tank’s water, 25% is recommended. Because the water’s pH unbalance and temperature shock can occur while your fish gets used to the current pH, then you change of the water. You should check the temperature and the pH of the new water before adding to the tank.
Above are some basic steps for you to build a house for your fish. Now going to a fish shop and choose your future friend!