Tropical fish can be difficult to care for, which is why it’s important to do your research before taking on such challenging pets. There are usually casualties in the fish tank, but there are some steps you can take to encourage better health and keep your fish alive and happy. Here are some tips that we recommend reading through before you go out to buy your new aquarium and tropical fish set up.
- Be careful of overfeeding, it’s very easily done. Many sources recommend feeding the fish for five days with a two day break.
- All uneaten food should be removed. Food rots quickly and this can cause spikes in ammonia that can result in dead fish. Scoop out the flakes and make sure you check the corners of the tank where the food can gather.
- Never use soap or tap water to clean off the ornaments, the gravel or the inside of the tank. If you need to wash off algae first remove some water from the tank (time it for the part water change) and rub the algae and dirt off in the tank water. Tap water and soap will kill the good bacteria fish need in the tank.
- Never take out more than 25% of the water in the tank during the water change. Any more will upset the chemistry balance of the water, resulting in unhappy and stressed out fish. However, if you’re medicating the fish to treat conditions you may be required to take out more water. Always read the instructions carefully and follow them precisely.
- Add aquarium salt each time you change the water. Salt helps to reduce the stress of the fish and helps them to heal minor scratches or slight damage to the fins.
- Don’t use sand or crushed gravel as a substrate in the tank as it can cause internal blockages in fish.
If you have any questions regarding the care of tropical fish please visit your local Just for Pets store. Use our simple online store locator to find the nearest one to you. Further information is also available in our how to care for tropical fish section.