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|Goldfish Aquarium Care Tips|
Posted On 2010-11-20 , 9:33 AM
Goldfish are popular and beautiful pets. They do require more care than you might think at first. Before you buy a goldfish you should be committed to giving it the best care possible by feeding it properly and maintaining its habitat. With simple, regular care, your goldfish will live long happy lives and provide you with many peaceful fish-watching days.
Before buying your first goldfish, you must prepare his habitat. You may be tempted to buy a standard goldfish bowl, but think before making that choice. Wouldn't your fish be happier in a big aquarium where he could swim freely? In a small goldfish bowl he runs the risk of running low on oxygen, being poisoned by ammonia, and having stunted growth.
You surely don't want your goldfish to be lonely either. The more goldfish you have, the larger habitat you will need. It is best to avoid putting goldfish in an aquarium with other fish. They might get picked on. It is okay to put several goldfish in the same aquarium however, as long as it is big enough.
To determine the size of aquarium you need, you can use a simple formula. Multiply the depth in inches by the length in inches and divide that by 30. The number you get is the total inches of goldfish that can live in that space. For example, take an aquarium that is 20 inches long and 10 inches tall. Multiply those and you get 200 inches. Divide by 30 and you have roughly 7 inches. That means you can have two goldfish that are 3.5 inches long or three goldfish that are 2 inches long.
When setting up your aquarium be sure to choose just the right spot before you fill it with water and becomes too difficult to move. Don't set it in the direct sunlight or in a place in your home where there will be big changes in temperature such as next to a heater or doorway. Place it away from busy areas so you don't have to worry about the tank getting bumped or broken.
Clean your aquarium before putting your goldfish inside by washing it with clean water and soap. Wash all items that will be inside your aquarium like gravel and statues. Be sure to rinse away all traces of soapy residue. This is the same method you will use to periodically clean your aquarium once your goldfish are established.
Now you can fill your goldfish aquarium with water. You can use tap water. It is nice if the water is filtered but it is not necessary. Do not fill the tank all the way to the top or the fish might jump out. Keep your water temperature around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. When you need to change your water after your fish are established, do not shock them by changing the water all at once. Just take out about 10 to 20 percent of the water each week and replace it with clean water. When you need to clean the entire tank, transfer your goldfish into a container along with their old water.
Depending upon your climate and the temperature of your house, you may need a heater for your aquarium. As long as you can keep the water above 66 degrees, you won't need one however. You probably do want to use filters such as under gravel filters because these will help keep your goldfish aquarium clean and you won't have to work as hard on its upkeep plus your fish will stay healthier. When looking for a filter to buy, the important thing to look for is one that provides biological filtration rather than worrying about getting one that turns water over.
You may want to place live plants in your goldfish aquarium. It might be a good idea to establish your plants first before adding your goldfish. If plants are not taken care of properly, they can rot and add pollution or infection to the water. Plastic plants are an alternative option.
If your goldfish aquarium is healthy, algae will develop and is only a problem if its growth becomes rampant. The time to scrape algae is right before a water change so you can remove a large part of the floating debris. It is not necessary to remove all traces of algae although you may want to keep it off the sides of the aquarium so you can see your fish better.
To keep your goldfish bright and healthy, they need the proper diet. They enjoy nibbling on algae and live plants but also need supplemental food that you buy from the pet store. You can choose flake food, frozen food, or pellet food.
Pellet food has the potential to swell inside the stomach of the goldfish, which can make him sick. Therefore it is the least desirable choice. Flake food is commonly fortified so you can be sure your goldfish get all the nutrition they need. You can even feed your goldfish live food in the form of mealworms or other types of worms. Goldfish will eat just about anything.
The important thing to remember when feeding goldfish is that you do not overfeed them because that makes them unhealthy and also pollutes their habitat. You should feed your fish twice a day, at the same time each day so they establish a routine. Do not feed them more than they eat in a single feeding.
By following these simple goldfish care tips, your fish can lead long lives and provide you with a lot of pleasure. Although goldfish are small, they are just like any other pet and require dedicated, loving care in order to thrive.
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|The Most Read Aquarium Fish Books for Beginners|
Posted On 2010-09-25 , 5:58 AM
The Most Read Aquarium Fish Books for Beginners
Fish enthusiasts and people who have an interest in the marine life, often want to know – what is the best resource for knowing about the aquatic and marine life? If you thought that the obvious answer was the internet, you didn’t get it right. Of course, internet is a huge resource for the ultimate knowledge on everything but it does not help do the job always. Does it?
It is no doubt the best place to find the best of aquariums and other accessories, but then it is limited to that only. Ironically, the internet is a great place to find the best and the most read aquarium fish books! People who are deep down this and have loads of experience will surely agree that there is a dearth of specific information on the internet and other book stores. Therefore use the internet to do the best it can – Search!
Why are books the best resource?
Easy to read: Whatever claims the internet makes, can be refuted by saying that books are easy to refer and easy to find information when you have a specific book. Maybe we are habituated with reading the printed material, whatever it is, it is good and we are not complaining.
Easy to Understand: Online information is vaster, no doubt but then, sometimes this very vastness of information becomes the stumbling block. You should understand that since you’re not doing some research or writing a thesis on aquarium fishes, you do not need that volume of information. Books are way easier to grasp and understand.
Authentic Information: You can say this because a book gets printed only if it has the potential to sell. And on the internet, one can post anything without even bothering to provide sensible information and more than often, they are trying to sell things instead of providing information. This is not in the case of books.
Magazines: Another authentic and good resource is the magazines on aquarium fishes. They provide updated information on the same and provide the enthusiast with every possible kind of answer than they may seek. Subscription to a good fish magazine is a great idea.
Aquarium Guides: Books are written by people who have researched and experienced the same problem that you might possibly face while keeping fishes. Therefore specific instructions guide and other ‘how-to-do’s are better provided in books.
The most inquisitive and interested of us should surely buy an aquarium fish guide book for beginners and for the more seasoned ones, there are suitable books available. Have a preview and then based on the feedback of an experienced person, get the best of and from the book(s)!
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|7 Secrets about Saltwater Aquariums You Need To Know|
Posted On 2010-06-30 , 8:20 AM
Keeping saltwater aquarium is like maintaining a piece of marine life. It is such a pleasure watching the cluster duster, sea grape, or the various kinds of corals growing in front of your eyes. You can keep your saltwater aquarium in your living room, or maybe your office. Wherever kept, it would only add beauty to the surroundings. An enjoyable experience is what they give. Going by the following 7 secrets about the saltwater aquarium will help you set and maintain them better
Saltwater aquarium equipment: the first secret
It is the size of the aquarium that you need to decide first. It can range from something around 22 galleons to 55 galleons. The greater the surface area the better for the marine life. Now, comes the question of buying filters and other requirements like lighting. It is always best to consult a few pro’s before you build one for yourself.
Setting up the saltwater aquarium: the second secret
Get all the salt aquarium equipments handy, before you decide on setting up. Getting the correct saltwater aquarium supplies is very vital in this case. You are thinking of building up life. So checking all conditions while setting up is very vital. Do not lose patience, devote as much time you can on setting up. However, try not to go wrong as that might add on to your problems after you have added the fishes and corals.
Observe caution for water the third secret
While you are converting the fresh water to salt water, you need to be very careful. Use a thermometer to maintain the perfect temperature. Also, follow the right steps while the conversion is going on. Careful examination of the chemical levels in the salt water is necessary, before you decide to put the fishes in it.
Saltwater aquarium supplies: the fourth secret
Buying of fishes, which are compatiable to the habitat you are bringing up, is your next step. The fish selection may range from- Angelfish, Batfish, Jawfish, Eels, Dragonets, Jack to Sharks and Rays etc buying fishes is the first part getting hold of other organisms like Corals, Crabs. Snails, Anemones become your next task while shopping along with the Salt water aquarium equipment
Saltwater fish tank accessories: the fifth secret
Browsing through catalogues or relevant books will increase your interest as long as the saltwater aquarium is considered. Once you are done setting up the aquarium, decorating it carefully is your next time. Purchase a few decorating bits like the marine reef, the scuba diver while you buy saltwater aquarium supplies.
Ecological balance: the sixth secret
Maintain the perfect ecological balance by keeping in mind the food habits and nutrition you give the fishes. A constant protein, carbohydrate and lipid balance is necessary in the diet of the fishes. Clearly distinguish the carnivorous and herbivorous organisms by deciding on their food from before hand.
Keep your marine life healthy: the seventh secret
The last and the most important point to keep a close look on is the health of your marine life. Keep in touch with the fishes and other organisms every day to check if they are suffering from any illness of not. If the fishes do not eat or do not move properly. You need a vet at that point.
Now, you know getting the saltwater aquarium equipment is just the first small step to building your aquarium. It is much more than just ensuring your marine reef tank supplies. Observe the secrets we have revealed out, read a book; make sure to visit an aquarium store to find out about the saltwater tanks and then recreate the marine life for you.
| 7 Secrets to Marine Aquarium Care|
Posted On 2010-05-15 , 4:27 AM
7 Secrets to Marine Aquarium Care
You will find a lot of hobbyist these days who love to keep marine aquariums. This is mainly because of the wide variety of beautiful saltwater fish you can get these days. This marine aquarium care guide for beginners is basically like your bible. It is an answer to all of your questions and to your prayers as well.
Although this will tell you the seven basic secrets you need to go through other books which will help you out as well.
|5 Secrets to Buying Your Freshwater Aquarium|
Posted On 2010-05-15 , 3:49 AM
5 Secrets to Buying Your Freshwater Aquarium
Usually nowadays there are must have’s in fashion but then when it comes to pets, the new must have in town is the fish tank. Not just any fish tank – the freshwater aquarium! A lot of people think of keeping fish just as a hobby while other keeps them to show them off.
You need to keep in mind that you have to be very resourceful when you are going to buy a fish tank. There are a wide variety of fresh water fish which are available and they have different colors and sizes and even shapes. This freshwater aquarium guide will help you understand what the secrets are to buying these aquariums:
Choose the size of the aquarium correctly. This will decide how many and what size of fish you can keep. If you are starting out with an aquarium when you need to get a large sized one. This is a recommendation in the fresh water aquarium guide. It will be a bit more expensive since you need more materials for assembling this and maintaining it, but if you are hobbyist then it is worth it.
Another thing you can do is use the old tanks. You can find different ways of reusing the freshwater aquarium tanks in different fresh water aquarium books. If you see that buying a new tank is becoming extremely expensive for you, then you can simply go for the second hand ones. After reduce, reuse and recycle. You will find a lot of different old tanks which are actually in very good condition. You can even ask people if they can give referrals for these tanks.
Make sure that when you buy a tank you don’t get a thin one. When you read freshwater aquarium guide you will see them asking to you prevent yourself from getting these. These thin tanks look like they are very sturdy but then they will crack extremely easily. So try and avoid these or else you will be wasting your money on them. Now they don’t always crack but then they have a tendency to, so the best thing would be not to take the risk.
People think that if they are economical with the fish tanks then they can get away with it. But you have to keep in mind that the more money you pay for the materials the better they will be. So don’t save out on money and put your fish in risk. If you can’t afford something huge, buy something smaller and save out on the money but then buy the rest.
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