Best Ways To Maintain A Happy Home For Your Fish
Understand The Breed of Your Fish
The most common types of pet fish bought are betta fish, goldfish, mollies, and guppies. Between those four fish, there's already a difference in size between goldfish, who normally stay small and don't get larger than two inches, and betta fish, who can grow up to three inches. Do your research on the kind of fish you're looking to adopt, but rather than just choosing based on appearance and color, consider their growth, habits, and natural living conditions.
Choose The Right Aquarium
A few additional but very essential tools that should come with your aquarium are a chemical filter, heater, thermometer, and lighting. Always remember that a fish's aquarium is their home, so treat it like you would treat your own.
Give Your Fish Space
Fish are also natural swimmers (obviously) and they will need space to move around! Preventing them the room to do so might make your fish go crazy. So, on top of getting the right sized aquarium, make sure you're not over-decorating the inside of your fish tank to allow for maximum room.
Maintain Water Temperature
Keep your fish's aquarium or tank away from direct sunlight. Don't place their tank near a window or place where sunlight can reach. Ensuring that your fish is comfortable temperature-wise in their home will also keep them happy and healthy.
Ensure Your Tank Is Always Clean
Choose Decor That Will Benefit Your Fish
If you know that your fish is the kind of breed that likes to burrow or hide in dark places and corners, investing in a few shady plants or objects they can swim over, under, or through can be beneficial. Just don't take up too much space!
Recreate a Natural, Oceanic-like Environment
Treat Sick Fish
If you notice your fish is sick, quarantine them immediately from other fish in your tank. If they are the only fish in the tank, remove them from the tank water anyway. Ensure they aren't living with cramped corners and little to no room. Make sure you're feeding them the right food and cleaning their tank regularly. If you've done all these things and still aren't seeing your fish's color or eating habits restored, contact your vet.