Claire Corlett

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How to Pick Fish for a Fish Tank | Aquarium Care

How to Pick Fish for a Fish Tank | Aquarium Care

There are a lot of options when picking aquarium
fish. I really do recommend you get the advice of
a good retail store employee. Find somebody with experience. Somebody that knows the specifics about your
aquarium. The size, what your budget is, whether or
not you want fish that are going to outgrow the tank so eventually you’ll get a larger
aquarium. Fish are very territorial, and it’s been dubbed
that next to people, fish are the most territorial animals on the planet. So keep that in mind when buying fish. It’s very important to not buy two fish of
the same family, because sometimes they’re going to fight, especially with saltwater
aquariums. With freshwater aquariums, it’s a little bit
more forgiving. The fish, I feel, aren’t as aggressive, unless
you get into the group of fish called cichlids. Those are very territorial, but they’re also
very rewarding and very easy to keep. So to pick your fish, one of the main things
is size. A lot of fish are not suitable for most aquariums
simply because they just get too big. Now, there is that old fish tale that a fish
will only grow to the size of its environment. Well, that is true to a certain extent, but
it’s also very cruel to put a fish that typically gets very large in nature and stick it in
a very small aquarium. Yes, it won’t get as big as it would in the
wild, but its growth is going to get stunted. It’s going to get very deformed-looking. So pick fish that will match the size of your
aquarium. And remember that your fish are going to grow. The basic rule of thumb is one inch of fish
for every five gallons freshwater, and one inch of fish for every ten gallons saltwater. But factor in the growth rate. You probably will lose a couple of fish here
and there. It is normal. So you always have a couple of fish waiting
in your head that you want to add in the future. But resist the urge to overcrowd the aquarium. And try to create a nice, balanced . . . we
call it the garden effect. You want a nice, balanced garden. You want some reds, some yellows, some greens. You want to balance the colors. Or put a lot of thought into making your aquarium
have a certain look to it. Maybe just red fish, just green fish. So you can have a lot of fun with the color
aspect of the fish that you’re going with. But one of the main things is size. The two main things are size and aggression. But there are so many options when it comes
to fish that for this, I really do recommend you don’t buy the fish just on a whim or impulse
or online, late at night. Get the advice of a retail store owner. Or call or email, if you’re buying them online. A lot of the reputable companies online will
be able to answer emails or even take a phone call and give you advice as though it’s a
normal fish store.

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