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TROPICAL FISH TIPS
We've tried to come up with a list of general tropical fish tips and hints for beginners to the fish
keeping hobby. Below you will find our compiled list of the items we thought would especially
help a newbie. If you have a good aquarium or tropical fish tip that you would like to share, just
complete the form at the bottom of the page and we'll post it.
New Fish Tank Tips
? Realize that if you do things correctly, this can be a long-term commitment. Some fish
species can live for a very long time if cared for properly.
? Research, research and research some more. It's a really good idea to get as much
information as possible on a fish before buying it. Try to find out things such as:
o How big it will eventually get and whether you have a large enough aquarium
o What are the aquarium water parameters it requires? Find out things such as
temperature, pH ranges, etc.
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What types of fish foods will it eat? Will it take flake foods?
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The general temperament of the fish species. Will it get along with the fish you
already have or plan to get? This is an often overlooked area that needs more
attention from hobbyists.
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Is the species known as a prolific breeder? If so, do you have the equipment
needed to keep them or do you have a plan for what happens when your fish has
babies? Find out if your local fish store will take the young fish. If you don't have a
means of placing them then you should stick with those fish that don't breed as
easily in captivity.
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Is the fish easily susceptible to certain fish diseases?
? Get the biggest tank you can afford. A larger aquarium generally means that your
aquarium water parameters will be more stable. A bigger tank gives you some room for
error, like when a fish dies and you don't notice it right away. Or, for instance, when your
heater breaks and the stores are closed. The water temperature should be more stable in
a bigger tank.
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