- The essential elements for your fish.
- The installation of the aquarium.
- The maintenance of the aquarium
The life expectancy of a goldfish in a jar is an average of three months versus twenty years in the wild. Indeed, freshwater fish such as seawater fish require an environment and appropriate care, otherwise they will have to be renewed very regularly. That's why DuitDesign offers some tips to prepare a aquarium worthy of the name.
The essential elements for your fish.
The purchase of a suitable aquarium is the first investment to make to ensure the comfort of your fish. Attention, the smaller a pond and the more difficult it is to manage, so to start, it is better to opt for a volume of a hundred liters. On the other hand, before filling the aquarium, do not forget to check that the furniture intended to accomodate it can support its weight, to know about 120 kilos all inclusive for a model of 100 liters. In addition to the aquarium, you will also have to invest in a multitude of accessories of all kinds including a small heater, a filter, lighting, pH tests, a thermometer and a dip net. To make it easier for you, we recommend an aquarium already fully equipped, a less restrictive and more economical solution. Finally, you will provide some plants and a substrate in other words aquatic potting mix, adapted to the needs of your fish.
The installation of the aquarium.
Before installing your bin, you will determine its location by choosing a place away from direct light (to avoid the proliferation of algae) and noise (to avoid stressing its occupants) while being easy to reach and near a power outlet. Then you will clean the aquarium with fresh water and you will check the strength of the joints. If you plan to grow a few plants in your aquarium, it will be necessary to deposit a layer of substrate before placing the layer of gravel then gently fill the aquarium to 1/3 of its height. Finally, you will install various equipment such as filter and heating and any plants and decorative elements, before filling the tank in its entirety. After checking that the equipment is fully functional, the aquarium must be turned at least four weeks without changing the water or cleaning the filter so that the life cycle of the aquarium is established. Finally, you just have to test the nitrate content in your water and its pH and hardness to choose your fish accordingly.
The maintenance of the aquarium
The maintenance of an aquarium requires small, regular interventions. Thus, you will feed your fish daily and enjoy this special moment to make sure that all of your little aquatic world is doing well, without forgetting to check the temperature of the water. Then, each week, you will renew about 20% of the water in the aquarium. Be careful the water introduced into the aquarium must be treated with a suitable product and at the right temperature. If necessary you will prune the plants and you will clean the windows from time to time and you will rinse the filter foam once a month. You also need to check the pH and nitrate levels of the water from time to time. Finally, you will change the set of neon lights that illuminates the aquarium about once a year. Be careful if you notice signs of weakness or a sudden change of behavior in your fish that can come from a problem due to your aquarium or stress caused by a new element located near the aquarium.
To enjoy your fish for as long as possible, here are some tips provided by Miss Assens, animal behaviorist: Feel free to enrich the environment of your fish so that they can feel as well as in their natural element. Think before buying your fish to know the breeds that can coexist, the vendors in specialized pet shops can advise you. Some races of fighters can not stand to be put in the presence, it is better to isolate them. A system of regulation of light hours will allow to offer the necessary time of day to your aquarium. In your absence, slow-spread food balls will be able to bring a week or more of food for the daily needs of your silent tribe. If you own fish and a cat, opt for a fully enclosed aquarium, with the water oxygenation system, and place the aquarium so that your cat can not reach it. Finally, compared to young children, it is important to explain that this aquatic animal does not survive out of the water, so do not touch them or take them out of the aquarium to see them!