Keeping Tropical Fish
So, you have just started keeping pet fish as your latest hobby? Congratulations on joining the multitudes of enthusiasts who have contributed to the popularity of keeping tropical fish. It may surprise you to know that the keeping of fish dates back to antiquity. While this may be true, it is only recently that this activity became popular among all age groups; so be right at home as there are other beginners out there just like you.
Keeping tropical fish is now commonplace as many homes now have at least a small aquarium among its furnishings. Some hobbyists even bring this craft into the office, and invariably gain a few converts amongst colleagues. Most often, the typical aquarium is a small tank adorned by a few goldfish or a medium-sized well-decorated setup with several colorful fish.
Your aquarium is most likely one of three different types: Coldwater, warm water (heated) or marine. If you are keeping tropical fish, you almost certainly have a heated aquarium, as tropical fish come from the tropics where it’s warm. The Amazon, Africa and South Asia are where most tropical fish originated.
Most pet and fish stores have all-in-one packages that include everything you need to get started: aquarium, stand, lights, heater, filter and gravel and other decorative additions. This is especially good for starters since you could save money compared to buying all the components separately.
Be sure to ask the store personnel for advice on which fish are the hardiest and perhaps easier to keep. Such fish may include tetras, danios, barbs, Livebearers and Cordyoras. While there are choices to make, do not start with too many fish as the aquarium needs time to mature and get “broken in”.
For more tips and resources, visit your local library, pet fish shops or hop onto the internet to learn more about keeping tropical fish successfully. There are hundreds of pet fish hobby books and aquarium fish care websites and blogs which can offer you a wealth of information on keeping tropical fish. And not forgetting the great products we recommend on The Aquarium Fish Care blog.
Remember, an aquarium that is properly maintained can give you and your family many hours of great enjoyment and relaxation. It can also become the object of much discussion and even envy amongst your friends and visitors. Enjoy!
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