There are a number of reasons for the growing popularity of tropical fish and aquarium keeping. Perhaps the most obvious is the simple
act of watching fish .... watching you.
Just place a group of people near a fish tank and watch what happens. As the ancient Chinese discovered long ago fish are fun and fascinating to look at.
Of course, keeping the proper aquarium may not be any less work than, say, a pet dog or cat.
First, you have to choose the tank. Next comes the water filtration pump, and proper light and heating. Then you have
to select the right fish - goldfish, angelfish, guppies, or something more exotic?
A typical 10-gallon beginner fish tank aquarium setup usually starts with a 2-inch deep lining of gravel or substrate at the bottom of the tank to catch waste and provide a home for beneficial bacteria. It also provides a rooting medium for live aquatic plants.
A beginner aquarium will also usually come with a protective hood (to keep Tabby from swiping at the fish) and a hood light to nourish live aquatic plants. Pet shop owners will also recommend a water filter and an air pump (with tubing) for maintaining a healthy aquarium environment. A small net is also necessary for catching and safely removing fish during water changes.
Typical fish tank setup
Like most pet food formulations, commercially prepared fish food comes complete with all the necessary nutritional requirements. Follow manufacturer's directions -- and don't overfeed!
Note: When introducing your pet fish to its new home, NEVER ever pour the water from the plastic bag into the aquarium. Although the pet store where you bought the fish may be reputable, the water may contain diseases you don't want to introduce into your new home aquarium.
pet fish fans know, the work of keeping an aquarium can be greater than you expect, but so are the
rewards. On the Web, find out more about pet fish, their care
and feeding, how to maintain your aquarium - and to enjoy the
thrill of creating a mini-ecosystem right at home with the
help of expert tips, fish FAQs, instructional videos and photos....
Krib : Aquaria & Tropical Fish
- The Web's premier spot for archived e-mail discussions and a
on starting your own aquarium, choosing fish and plants, general
maintenance, coping with algae, a section
on saltwater aquaria, and suggested reading.
- Check out this complete guide with tips & advice on their care including
food facts, health problems and remedies, how to's on maintaining
a goldfish pond, related links & resources.
Angelfish Forum II - Pose your question or browse for
quick answers at this busy discussion board with everything you
ever wanted to know about angel fish with facts & information
on care, diseases, breeding tips.
Fish Centre - Browse this helpful UK
site for facts and information on starting or maintaining
an aquarium, symptoms and cures for common fish diseases,
tips on choosing fish and plants, care and feeding, species
guide, message board and more ideas and pictures at an other
people's aquariums gallery.
Tropical Tank Homepage
- More great hints and advice from the UK with comprehensive info
for beginners including tank setup, filters, heaters and lighting;
health and disease prevention, plant care guides, with more in
the online forum, related links, and a fish keeping quiz to test