Beginners in aquarium cultivation can feel overwhelmed the first time they populate their aquarium. There are a lot of things to consider like what fish you’re going to get; what size of aquarium would be best for them; and whether you’re going to raise saltwater fish along with living sea flora or freshwater fish with plastic flora.
The most important ones concern those creatures that will be living in your aquarium. Here are a few tips on how you can raise fish without worry.
Look for fish that are healthy and easy to raise
Looking for the first fish to populate that tank? Choose fish specimens that are strong and easy to raise. You can do this by picking them based on how they look and on recommendations of your trusted pet shop attendant. It’s easy to see which fish to avoid—they float dead in the tank, may show signs of sickness, or have broken fins.
Find fish that would get along easily
It’s pretty easy to select your fish in the tank. You need to find breeds that get along well; these fish don’t have to be of the same specimens. You can do this with the help of the attendant at the pet store. Freshwater breeds will always fit with each other; be aware that some fish are also small at the onset and will grow big as they stay in your aquarium. Buy for size.
Build a community
One way of creating a good fish tank that’s easy on the eyes is to create a ‘community tank.’ This is easily done by selecting specimens that have the same appetite, are docile and get along well with each other, and have the same water requirements. It is important to note that some species are territorial, so you should avoid that.
Avoid putting in upsetters to the environment
You can see fish which you can’t put in the aquarium; they usually stand alone, set aside in a separate tank, and you can see them all by their lonesome in an aquarium at the shop. Avoid buying this fish for your community tank. These fish are usually aggressive or mark their own territory. They are not aggressive but may become so when guarding their own space.
Avoid breeding in a community tank
If you plan to buy a pair of fish to breed, you should separate them from your community. A mated pair may become unruly or territorially aggressive against other fish. Their young is also an added problem—small fish tend to become food for the other fish. If you want to mate a pair, buy a breeding tank and separate them from the community.