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Beginners’ tips for aquariums

Before you set up an aquarium or fish tank, it is important that you understand some of the theory behind aquarium ecosystems and the basics of keeping fish.

Ask around. You can get a wealth of information from your local aquarium shop. There are also magazines and website devoted to aquarium enthusiasts. Or ask an experience friend for his or her advice.

This article will give you six top tips to get your started with your aquarium.

1. Do not go for the smallest aquarium, even though it may be the cheapest. You need a fish tank that can hold a minimum of at least 20-25 gallons of water. This ensures that the fish have enough room to breathe.

2. A larger fish tank will maintain a more constant temperature. This not only leads to better water chemistry, but also encourages growth of beneficial bacteria and algae.

3. A rule of thumb is that you will need one gallon of water to keep one inch of fish. Make sure that your keep this ratio in mind before deciding to add more fish to your aquarium. So for a 25 gallon tank, you can keep 25 one inch fish or about 12 two inch fish etc.

4. Bacteria should be encouraged to grow in the fist tanks, in particular along the sides of the filter, sponges and the sides of the fish tank. The bacteria will keep the water pure and healthy. Do not the wash the filters under running tap water. You will only be making the mistake of throwing away useful bacteria. Instead, make sure that you wash the filters within the fish tank itself.

5. Your must take the time to clean/change the tank water at regular intervals. This will help to remove any solid waste that will accumulate, and also greatly improve the appearance of your tank.

6. Finally, you must be careful when it comes to feeding your fish. Try to let the supply of feed reach bare minimum before you replenish it. It will only lead to wastage if the fish feed is continuously overstocked.

By following these few aquarium tips you will help to keep your fish healthy. You will learn more once you start to maintain your own aquarium.

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