Fish Tank Selectionby: Brett Kasa
Selecting the right fish tank for your home can be an extraordinarily difficult process if you donít at least have a general grasp on whatís necessary to keep your pet fish alive and healthy outside their normal habitats. Just like mammalian and feathered pets, aquatic pets have their own sets of specified needs that must be addressed effectively for the sake of the pets. Though you can always try to get this information from a sales representative at the pet store, itís unlikely youíre going to get highly qualified advice from someone making minimum wage who only started working at the place last week.
First, start by considering the type of fish you have or will have. Fish from the ocean and from bodies of fresh water have very different living requirements, so youíll have to purchase either saltwater or freshwater tanks depending on the type you select. Water temperature needs also vary by fish species and origins, so you may need to purchase an automatic water heater or chiller in order to maintain that critical temperature range in the water at all times. Some fish, however, will do just fine in water at room temperature, so not every pet will require you to make so many advanced purchases.
Youíll also need to figure out other needs. If you have only one small fish at home, a tank on the smaller side of things is probably fine, though avoid fishbowls if at all possible (theyíre quite small, even for the smallest of fish). For housing larger fish or many fish together in the same tank, youíll need to acquire an aquarium sizable enough to allow them all plentiful room to move about. Water will get tainted over time from fish excretions, so the smaller the aquarium you get, the more often youíll have to clean it.
If youíre ever concerned you donít have all the needs of your fish met, find an expert online who can help you. Itís better to be safe and sure than tempt fate when it comes to preserving the health of your pet fish, so always find someone who knows the answer you need if you donít know the answer yourself.
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