Fishkeeping: Keeping tropical fish for the first time

By July 7, 2015 Tips No Comments

Interesting and important fish facts to know before you keep fish:

    • Shockingly, fish can drown in water. They need oxygen, so if there isn’t enough oxygen in the water, they will suffocate.

<liThere are over 32, 000 kinds of fish.

  • 40% of all fish species inhabit fresh water, yet less than .01% of the earth’s water is fresh water.

Setting up a tropical fish aquarium for the first time is delicate business so it is important to make sure you know all the facts about what you need and the kinds of fish you may want to think about starting off with.


Easiest fish to start off with:

Neon tetras and guppies are the best tropical fish to start out with as they are quite easy to take care of and are very popular as they are good community fish as they get along with most other tropical fish. They swim together so it is best to buy them in groups to make sure they are happy once they arrive in their new tank.

For neon tetras, the ideal temperature is between 20 – 26°C / 68 – 80°F and for guppies, the ideal water temperature range is between 10-29 °C (50°F – 85°F) so they are good to go together as you can find a happy medium for the temperature of your tank.



Aquarium equipment you will need:

  •         Aquatic Tank: You will need a decent sized aquatic tank to store your new tropical fish in. The size of your tank will depend on how many fish you want to have in your tank and what kinds of fish they are as some may grow.
  •         Aquarium filter: It is very important to keep your aquarium clean. The size and type of filter your fish tank needs will determined by the size of your fish tank. As well as being quite cool little fish, having an algae eating aquatic fish comes in handy with keeping control of algae growth.
  •        Aquarium heater:  As nice as it may look by that window, you need to make sure the position of your tank won’t affect its temperature. Light from windows or heat from radiators for example can do this.
  •         Decorations: Adding decorations will not only jazz up your tank a little bit but will help your fish feel at home. Add some plants, decorations and gravel for the tank floor (approximately 1 to 1.5 pounds of gravel per gallon of water). To avoid your little fishies getting ill or dying make sure you wash all things before adding them.
  •         An aquarium light: As well as being quite soothing for you, it is good for you fish and plants, however, bear in mind that you should only leave your light on for 8 to 10 hours.


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