The care for aquarium fish is not very difficult and is actually not a lot of work; it basically just takes some common sense. Providing your fish an environment that minimizes stress is the key to a happy and healthy fish. The immune system of a fish will weaken if it becomes too stressed and will become more easily affected by disease.
Fish are known to live longer and healthier and even grow larger in an aquarium than they do out in the wild. Even though aquariums can be limiting, they can be an environment for fish to flourish and strive. To be able to provide a healthy aquarium environment, you have to learn how to prevent diseases from occurring. And just in case an ailment or disease does occur, we need to know how to treat it and care for the fish.
Being able to choose strong and healthy fish is just the beginning to fish caring. There are many different kinds of fish and each kind has different requirements for their care. The aquarium has to be chosen carefully to meet the needs of the fish; different fish tanks have different requirements. For all fish, there are going to be different foods, temperatures and aquarium sizes. For someone who is a beginner fish caretaker, choose a healthy fish that is easy to care for and does not require a large tank.
Keeping the aquarium clean and healthy is very important to the long life of a fish, but also is the routine feeding. Here are some tips that will help with the feeding of your aquarium fish.
1. Do not overfeed the fish. Food that is not eaten by the fish will quickly pollute the water. Overfeeding can kill the fish. It is best to feed only enough food that can be eaten within five minutes.
2. Dry flake food. Most fish will do well on just dry flake food. The best to use is brand name and high quality. There are many different kinds of flake foods. It is best to have several and give a different one at each feeding; this makes sure the fish gets a balanced diet.
3. Buy food in small containers. Once the containers have been opened, they begin to deteriorate and lose its nutritional value.
4. Check the shelf life of food. Commercial foods do have a limited shelf life. Do not buy dusty or old products.