Fresh Water Fish Aquarium
Aquarium is wonderful to have. It is a lovely time passing for many. There are many research papers which say that fish watching cools down the temperament and are good for hypertensive patients. But aquarium is expensive and a bit difficult to maintain. For beginners, fresh water aquarium is the best as salt water aquarium is much more complicated than fresh water aquarium.
For fresh water aquarium, one need water tank, filter, heater, thermometer and some gravel. Let the tank be filled with water, preferably well water. Don’t rush to place the fish in it. Let the water remain in the tank for about a week. Let the biological filter cycle go on during that period. Then start placing the fishes in it.
Which fish to select?
This is invariably the first question that prop-up in every one’s mind, the moment they want to go for fresh water aquarium. There are many species to choose from. You get fresh water fishes in all sizes, all shapes and all colors. Some species will live comfortably with the other, while some other species will fight and eat the other.
The best way to select is by going round the fresh water fish shop in your area. Observe yourself and find out which catches your eye. Discuss with the shop owner or the salesman, who can also advise you in selection. Make sure that the species you had selected can live together in the same tank.
For beginners, various types of cichlids, goldfish and rainbow fish are good. Cichlids are available in different colors. They can grow large [Up to three feet in wild condition.] The rainbow fishes are multicolored, as the name suggests. These fishes are from Australia. Rainbow fish are very colorful and look very pretty. If you are looking for small size of fish, then you can buy neon. These neon will not grow bigger, but look wonderful as they have fluorescent stripes on a clear body.
Fresh Water Fish Aquarium Maintenance and Care
The water level must be maintained properly. The temperature and the PH of the water are very important for the survival of the fish. Frequent fluctuation in the temperature will kill the fish. Likewise, some fish such as discus will die if the PH of the water is not conducive.
The filters are must for the fresh water fish aquarium for increasing the oxygen availability. It is better to have a water heater handy to use in case of emergency, especially during winter. The levels of chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia needs to be monitored periodically as both these are harmful for the fishes.