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How To Select Aquarium Fish

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Fishing and Boating

Fish are some of the most beautiful creatures on the Earth. Thankfully, with an aquarium you have admired the beauty of fish inside the comfort of your home rather than having to pay to visit an aquarium or go snorkeling to see them. When you are selecting fish for an aquarium there are many factors that you should consider in order to make sure that you have the right fish for your home. Not only that, it is also important that your home is right for the kind of fish that you purchase.

The first thing to determine is whether you would like to have freshwater or saltwater fish. Since saltwater fish require additional maintenance, it is best for beginners to start off with freshwater fish. Once you have the hang of fish care, than you can move on to saltwater fish if you desire to do so. Keep in mind that you cannot store freshwater and saltwater fish inside the same aquarium.

When you are looking around the pet store for fish, pay close attention to the way that the fish move around in the tank. This will be a good indicator of how the fish will move around once they are in your home aquarium. If the fish are hovering in corners and not swimming much, chances are they will continue to do the same once you get them home. Choose fish that display the kind of actions that you would like them to display when you have them in your home aquarium.

You should avoid purchasing fish that have just arrived at the pet shop. Fish have a higher chance of dying during their first few days at the shop. For this reason, is best to wait until the fish have been in the shop for at least a week before purchasing them.

Purchase the right amount of fish for the size of your fish tank. In most cases, the manufacturers instructions will indicate the optimal number of fish for the tank that you have purchased. It is important that you do not purchase more fish than your tank is designed for. This can make the aquarium a difficult environment for the fish to survive.

Some of the fish that are easiest for beginners include platies, goldfish, mollies, and sword tails. Not only are these fish fairly inexpensive, they also require a minimal amount of maintenance, which is ideal for beginners. In addition, you can usually choose a different color for these kinds of fish, if that is a factor in your fish selection.

If you have an idea of the kind or color of fish that you would like to have, ask a pet store worker for help. He or she will be a good resource especially if you do not know much about fish.

Knowing the factors to consider when you are purchasing fish for an aquarium will help to make sure that you choose the right fish for your environment. Without this knowledge, your fish purchasing experience would be a costly matter of trial and error.