Nobody knows how to take care of fish automatically but with a few tips and pieces of advice, you’ll soon see that it is not difficult at all. In this article, I’ll tell you how to make sure you have happy, well behaved fish that live for a long time.
Tip 1 – Mixing Fish
Every species of fish is different. Some prefer to live on their own. Others are more social. Some will fight if put together – this is quite common for males but can even occur between two females.
Fish sharing an aquarium should generally be of a similar size. If you place one fish with another that is much smaller then it stands a good chance of losing a few fins and may even be eaten, even if you are feeding your fish well!
Often, it is a good idea to mix regular tropical fish with bottom feeders like catfish. As they do not compete for food (tropical fish tend to aim for the surface of the watter) then these species are usually highly compatible tank mates.
Tip 2 – Environment
Fish don’t like to be stressed. Some species are totally unsuitable if you have children, for example, as the stress can kill them.
Fish should generally be kept away from large groups of people, loud music and direct sunlight.
You should also find out what kind of water your fish like. Many people overlook the temperature of the water and also its acidity.
If you don’t regulate both of these carefully then your fish may get stressed, live a short life and fail to breed.
Tip 3 – Cleaning
Cleaning is a necessary part of keeping fish. Again, how often you clean depends on the species of fish you are keeping. Regardless, the good news is that you don’t have to move your fish out of the tank to perform cleaning.
Obviously, when the water looks murky then the water needs changing. However, some species demand more water changing than others. For example, many cichlid experts will perform a water change on a daily basis.
There is a lot of bad advice out there that recommends changing the water once per week. For most species, this is not enough. You should be looking at doing water changes between three and six times per week.