Monday, June 17, 2013 / by Alicia Angstadt
An aquarium is designed to simulate a natural environment for freshwater life. Speaking of freshwater, the fish that are found here are, as the name implies, those which are found in fresh water and not from the sea. If you want to start a freshwater aquarium in your home, keep the following in mind to help your fish-keeping hobby a swimming success.
Choosing The Right Aquarium
Aquariums are available in a variety of sizes and styles, but your most important consideration is the type and number of fish that you will be housing. If you plan to have a large freshwater fish community, you may need to consider either a large aquarium or several smaller ones to accommodate your new friends.
It’s important to note that although fish bowls are inexpensive, they cannot provide your freshwater fish with the same environment as what they are used to. Flowing water and surroundings filled with underwater plants are only possible with the use of a traditional aquarium.
Decorating For Your Finned Friends
In order to create a familiar environment for your freshwater fish, you will need to decorate the aquarium in a way that looks like an underwater paradise complete with plants, gravel and/or sand. The latter will help to secure the underwater decorative plants, which are essential to your fish’s familiar surroundings.
Speaking of environment, freshwater fish are use to flowing water. You can recreate this by adding a water filter to your tank, which will circulate and clean the water. An underwater light, which can also be purchased, can help to simulate day and night for your underwater roomies.
Introducing Your Fish To Their New Home
When you purchase freshwater fish and bring them home, it’s important to allow them time to adapt to their surroundings with a gradual introduction. If your fish are in a bag, place the bag into the water of your aquarium and allow it to float for 20-30 minutes before releasing them into the tank. This will allow them to adjust to the new water temperature and become acquainted with any other fish that may already be present in your home aquarium. Pay close attention to select fish that are compatible in a small, enclosed environment.
Maintaining Your Aquarium
Keeping the water supply clean for your fish is a must, which is why you should change the water regularly and consistently monitor the temperature in your aquarium. One way of keeping your tank’s water pure and free of algae is by adding mollusks (snails, slugs, etc.). In addition, you can test the water quality by using a test kit specifically designed for fish aquariums to help ensure the health and safety of your fish.