Introducing aquatic life as pets into your home is an exciting experience. Most exotic fish are colorful and hard to resist. Have you ever visited a friend and found attracting creatures in his house moving around a fish tank? I know the feeling and the craving you had to keep fish in your home. But apart from their colorful nature, exotic fish are not hard to keep and maintain as most of them can tolerate hardships. If you are planning to introduce exotic fish in your life, the below tips can be of great help to assist you as you begin your journey of befriending fish.
1. Site Selection
Fish are fragile creatures by nature. A slight change in their habitat conditions might lead to stress and in severe cases might lead to death. You should consider a location that will keep your exotic fish happy and healthy. You should avoid areas with high, loud noises such as near the sound system or in a workshop. Most exotic fish are highly sensitive to temperature alteration. Find a location where there is minimal direct sunlight, away from a heater, radiator, or a cooling system.
2. Aquarium Setting
As a way to attain conditions that resemble natural fish habitat, various gadgets need to be in place. Installing a high-quality filtration system is paramount. Depending on the consultation from your local fish expert, you can choose from these three kinds of filtrations which are mechanical, biological, and chemical. For mechanical filtration, it uses a pump to draw water through a sponge, which traps debris. Biological filtration uses the same principle as the above, but in the sponge, it contains bacteria that remove pollutants. And for the chemical filtration, it uses a media that eliminates contaminants. Also remember to install a heater, air pump, and tank light in your fish tank.
3. Setting Physical Environment
There is a need to introduce a physical environment for your little exotic fish such as rocks, plants, and ornaments. During your selection, make sure to present a climate that emulates the natural fish habit to avoid stress to your aquatic life. During this step, it’s also advisable to add good bacteria to the aquarium water with a cycling aid product. Bacteria play a vital role in your aquarium environment as, without them, the delicate ecosystem fish need to survive won’t be able to establish itself.
4. Introducing Fish To The Aquarium
As a beginner, your fish habitat might contain small levels of ammonia and nitrite and therefore, it is good to introduce tough exotic fish which can tolerate such conditions. For the more vulnerable type, avoid them as they can disappoint you in your new adventure. One mistake many people commit is introducing a lot of fish in their new habitat, leading to overcrowding. Adding a lot of fish means low levels of oxygen and high levels of waste, leading to high ammonia and nitrites.
5. Maintaining The Aquarium
Fish do not depend solely on the water for survival, therefore, someone needs to feed them regularly. Marine animals are not active feeders, and a single feeding is enough for them each day. Overfeeding your fish might not create a suitable environment for your little fish as this means more waste. It is good to understand the type of feeders you own as there are three categories which are bottom feeders, middle feeders, and top feeders. It’s recommendable to feed your exotic fish with high quality frozen and pelleted food and ensure to always defrost frozen food before feeding.
Though aquatic animals are a bit fragile, they do not require much of your time. Regular monitoring of temperatures, waste levels, ammonia, nitrate, is paramount. There are available test kits, and they are easy to use. Ensure to have a regular fish tank water change and cleaning plan. Maintain all other installed gadgets and ensure they are in right conditions at all time for the safety of your fish.