How to Care for Tropical Fish
Have you ever seen those fish that people say need a heater? Of course they need a heater. You may have heard it a thousand times. And you knew these were tropical fish. Some aquarists say they're hard, while some say they're easy. This article only includes how to care and how to set up their environment.
1. Do your homework on that special, certain fish you have your heart set on.
2. Buy your equipment after doing your research. Not the fish.
3. Get home, and rinse your tank. Harmful chemicals could be in there.
4. Rinse your substrate and put it in the tank. (If you plan to have some bottom dwellers and other kinds of fish, put patches of sand in there, so their delicate barbels won't get infected.)
5. Fill your tank halfway with water. Put a bowl in the bottom of the fish tank and pour into that. It will keep your landscape design from getting messed up.
6. Make an aquascape! Be creative and try different combinations with your decorative items.
7. Insert your heater and filter.
8. Fill the rest of your tank up.
9. Let your water sit for 10 minutes.
10. After 10 minutes, put your Water Conditioner in.
11. Wait another 15 minutes after you put in the Water Conditioner.
12. After 15 minutes, put in your Bacteria Supplement.
13. Begin to cycle your tank. An internet search for fishless cycling will bring up a guide. It is time-consuming, but necessary to avoid hurting your fish.
14. Make sure the water is ready before your get your fish.
15. Float the bag in the warm temperature water for 20 minutes to allow it to adjust.
16. DO NOT open the bag and let your fish swim out into your tank. The water from the fish store could contain diseases. Use a net and net the fish out.
17. Enjoy your fish!