You can get more out of keeping tropical pet fish in your home than you may know. True, you can not take your fish on the road with you or cozy up to them on the couch, but tropical pet fish do have individual personalities and very distinct character traits that are shown in the ways they act around other fish. If you are willing to take a little time and watch your pet fish you are sure to get to know them and find them equally endearing as other animals. If keeping tropical pet fish is a new interest for you, or even if you already have an aquarium at your house, here are some tips to keep your pets happy and well.
It's important you do not upset the fish in your tank by adding too many fish. We are not always able to have a huge aquarium in our homes and owning a smaller tank means the number of fish and the varieties of fish you choose must be limited in order to fit the tank. If the aquarium is overcrowded with too many tropical pet fish they will not have the room they need to swim freely and they may have problems with other fish due to the crowded conditions. They may feel territorial and nip or even attack some of the other fish. In other words, overcrowding your tank is not going to give you happy and healthy tropical pet fish.
You should make sure to gain some knowledge about different species of tropical pet fish because some varieties are aggressive while some are very peaceful. Aggressive fish will often fight with one another, and they will pick on and nip at the more peaceful fish, who may get seriously injured. It does not take long to learn about some of the different species of fish and you can find the information you need on the internet or by asking around at your local pet store. Most fish can live quite peacefully with other fish, but there are a few that will bully the other fish so you should be careful of them, just as you would be careful with some breeds of dogs. With a little bit of research you can be sure to make the right choices when it comes to your fish.
It is important that you do not over-clean your aquarium, even cleaning your tank on a regular basis is a must, just like feeding your tropical pet fish to the proper amount and not over-feeding them which is the best way to keep them at their happiest and healthiest. Making mistakes in the areas of feeding and cleaning is not healthy for your fish, so you want to make sure you do not do either of these too often or too little. It may be the most common error made by tropical pet fish owners to give them too much food and not clean their habitat often enough, when cleaning the tank chemicals and vascular scrubbing methods should never be used.
By doing a bit of research and following the above recommendations, you're sure to be the proud owner of tropical pet fish that live happy and healthy lives!