When you bring home an animal that you intend to keep as a pet be it a dog, cat, fish, elephant, husband, etc. you have a responsibility to take care of it. Hey, the pet didn’t ask for your assistance you simply saw it and told yourself that you want to see that animal for the rest of your life.
Sticking with fish we all know that fish live in water, this means that if you want to keep your pet fish alive, you will have to keep it in water.
That sounds easy, right? Theoretically, it is, buy fish, put it in water and leave it there. What they don’t tell you or what most people don’t understand is you will have to put in a lot of work to ensure that your fish stays alive.
For instance, assume that it gets really hot in your home, you may not notice it, but the temperature in your aquarium will also go up. Depending on the type of fish you keep if the temperatures remain high in the home the fish will die.
Therefore, during the warmer months, you should always check your aquarium’s water temperature. If it’s above what it should be, use a chiller to lower the temperature and make sure that water is moving inside the tank at all time.
How to keep your freshwater fish happy
Just like your dog, the first step is to create a routine, this entails looking for behavioral changes on a daily basis. If your fish start behaving differently, it means that something is wrong.
If you have some fish in the aquarium, you should always check the numbers; this will tell you if one has passed on. It can also help you find problems that may exist before they escalate.
It is recommended that you clean your aquarium on a weekly basis and test the nitrate, carbonate, and PH levels. If there is a problem, fix it.
When cleaning the aquarium make sure that you clean the walls of the aquarium, rinse the cartridges and vacuum the gravel. Full maintenance such as replacing filter inserts and overall inspection should be done on a monthly basis. Simply put, make sure that the aquarium is functioning as it should on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
If you keep too many fish in a small environment most if not all will die because of lack of oxygen or excess waste, thus you should give your fish room to roam. De-chlorinating the water is also very important; look at it this way, tap water can kill your fish because it contains chlorine. This means that you should never add tap water directly to your aquarium.
It is recommended that you buy a tank that can hold at least 20 gallons of water; this is because the fish will have more room and it will take longer for the water to become dirty.
This is good because you won’t have to clean the tank every single day or week. It is also recommended that you replace aquarium water once every month and keep the PH levels for freshwater fish anywhere from 6.6 to 7.8.
Temperatures change almost on a daily basis, if the temperatures are too low or too high, your freshwater fish may not survive. Thus is recommended that you keep your aquarium’s water temperature at a constant temperature of 72˚ to 82˚, note that the temperature will depend on the type of fish you are keeping.
It all boils down to this, your fish are your responsibility, learn everything you need to learn about them and take care of the fish.