How to Choose Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium: 9 Steps

How to Choose Fish for a Freshwater Aquarium
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Choosing Fish for Your Aquarium is basically a large book of freshwater, brackish water, and saltwater fish profiles. The cover of the book is all saltwater fish and it seems a little misleading because the book mostly contains freshwater profiles. Most of the popular freshwater fish from each of the families are covered in fairly good detail. Each profile comes with really nice photos and describes the behavior, compatibility, tank size required and breeding habits of each fish.
Choosing fish for your freshwater aquarium can be hard
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Size. Unless you are setting up a huge tank, the size of the fish you choose is very important. Your fish need room to roam, and a fish that reaches up to 2 feet in length will have a difficult time surviving in 50-gallon or smaller tank. That Zebrafish that you found out is not aggressive and is a good community fish is also the perfect size for most home aquariums – most growing no more than 2 inches, or perhaps just a bit more. For example, Oscars are very popular fish and many will interact with their owners. But the fish can easily reach 10 inches or more. If your tank isn’t at least 55 gallons, an Oscar isn’t a good choice. The same is true with clown loaches. These bottom feeders are very popular and can help to keep your aquarium clean, but they commonly exceed 10 inches in length. Make sure to consult a fish expert about the expected adult size of any fish you are considering. How to Choose Fish For Your Freshwater Aquarium - Pet Education
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Spending 90% of your aquarium budget on expensive fish is not a good idea, since it will leave you with very little money left to spend on equipment, food, and so on. If you are a beginner aquarist forced to choose between a mid-sized aquarium with inexpensive fish and a small aquarium with expensive fish, you should definitely go for the mid-sized aquarium. Keeping the water quality up and the temperature stable is much easier in a big aquarium than in a small one, and a big aquarium will also be more forgiving when it comes to beginner mistakes since the large water mass will dilute harmful pollutants. When a fish dies in a small aquarium, it will pollute the water in no time and by the time you notice its demise, it may very well have brought death upon all the other aquarium inhabitants as well. Mid water
To begin with, choosing a group of schooling fish will add activity to your aquarium. A large school will also create a more unified look than adding a large number of different species. Cramming 30 fishes from 10 different species into an aquarium will in most cases look strange and haphazard. As far as schooling fishes go, you can for instance pick Danios since they are sturdy enough to be used as cycling fish when you set up your aquarium. (I strongly recommend you to read up on cycling before you set up your aquarium because it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run.) If you want small fish, you can go for Zebra Danios (Danio rerio). With a 120 liter aquarium you will however have space for bigger Danios if you want to. You can also choose to have two schools with small fish species. A school of Zebra Danios will for instance look great combined with a school of Rosy barbs. Aesthetics
Secondly, aim for a nice combination of fish. It is important that the species will look as well as function nicely together. This will naturally depend on your goals for the aquarium, but if one of them is to set up a nice looking aquarium that will be almost like a living piece of art, then try to visualize the species together as a unit instead of picking one species at a time without regard to what the end result will be. It is for instance a good idea to choose some species that will inhabit the bottom, some species that will inhabit the lower part of the water column and some species that will inhabit the upper parts of the aquarium. - A guide on how to cycle your aquarium.
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- Overview of How To Breed Tropical Fish
- Great Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
- Horrible Beginner Fish for the Beginner Aquarist
- A guide to your fist aquarium
- Basic filter management
- Information on the effects of using carbon in your aquarium.
- A guide to aquarium cycling and how it works.
- A text about why you shouldn't alway trust your fish store.
- A detailed account of how to simulate seasons in aquariums
- How to prevent electrical accidents.
- thoughts about filtration
- Thoughts on how to optimize growth in fry.
- An introduction for beginners.
- Llists and describes the different methods of aquarium filtration, and then discusses their benefits and drawbacks.
- Information about how to find breeding triggers in different fihs species.
- Information about fry savers and how to construct fry savers.
- A gew tips on choosing healthy fish.
- A guide on how to make your own pebble cave for your fish.
- A technical article about modifying hardness, alkalinity and pH.
- The factors affecting fish growth - some may be manipulated, others not.
- Detailed guide on how to setup a freshwater aquarium..
- RO is a way to get very pure water in which fish such as dicus and neon tetras can breed and raise their fry.
- How to make sure that the materials you use in your aquascaping are aquarium safe.
- A guide that will help you choose the right fish for you based on tank size and experience level.
- Help beginners setup their first aquarium
- Protecting your fishes vital slime coat
- The biology of snails. Their advantages and disadvantages in an aquarium. How to keep them in check.
- How to set-up, stock and maintain an aquarium that replicates the Amazon watershed.
- Information about Wall mounted aquariums
- Hardness, alkalinity and pH are discussed technically, from a chemistry point of view.
- Introduction to water chillers.