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This fish is colourful, but do you know its exact requirements? Would it be suitable for your tank?

Tips for selecting fish

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Köp Viagra 25 mg master How do you know that the fish you are about to buy are good healthy fish. Have you done a little basic research about the fish other than asking the vendor for some information and are you certain that you can meet all its needs even when it has become an adult. Too many times we see on various fish forums the question “I just bought these two fish, can someone please tell me what they are?” This is fish keeping at its worst. If you don’t know what fish you have bought how do you know that you can look after them properly or how big they will grow and so on. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!

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https iqoption com promo ultimate man_it aff 169 We all want healthy fish to begin with in order to get off to a good start. Fish that arrive in shops will have passed through a number of hands in order to get there, they will have travelled, been moved from tank to tank and most probably starved for the journey in order to protect the water quality as much as possible. Then upon arrival at the shop they will be taken from almost total darkness in to bright light, placed in a bare over stocked tank which is in a busy position with lots going on just outside the tank and in some cases will be offered for sale immediately or there might be a token 24 hour ‘quarantine’ period.
The result of all this is that you shouldn’t be expecting to see the fish in top form and full of vigour when offered for sale in a shop. But there are several things to look for which will point towards a potentially good healthy fish.

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The eyes should be clear and not cloudy because cloudy eyes are an indication of ill health. Finally the eyes should be even and sitting well in their sockets. Swollen eyes which appear to bulge from their sockets are a sign of ill health and the fish should be avoided. Obviously this doesn’t apply to telescopic eyed goldfish which have been bred in this way.

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Does the shop have a net for each tank or are the nets passed from tank to tank? If the nets are used on multiple tanks then any disease will be spread to all the tanks in the shop and obviously that increases the risk to your fish. Some good shops use a net for each tank and place the net in a solution of methylene blue between uses, this is a simple and cheap precaution but it shows that the shop cares.

Fish shops deal with thousands of fish, as mentioned previously their journey to the shop is extremely stressful and sadly some will not make it. Seeing a dead fish in a shops tank doesn’t mean it is a bad shop, these things happen. However if there are several dead fish and the bodies are showing signs of fungus which indicates that they may have been there for a good while then find a different shop, there is no excuse for neglect like that.

selecting aquarium fish

This fish is colourful, but do you know its exact requirements? Would it be suitable for your tank?

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In order to select the right fish you will need some basic information about your own tank and about the intended purchase. Don’t rely on what the vendor tells you, they get paid for making a sale and they get nothing for offering free advice so their priorities will be different to yours. Some vendors do offer good advice and some offer advice aimed at making a sale and they all seem friendly and plausible making it difficult for the novice fish keeper to know the good from the bad.

You should know the adult size of the fish which you intend to buy and that you can house it when it has reached full size in your present aquarium. Intending to upgrade once the fish has grown rarely happens in reality and the fish suffers as a result. If the fish is for a community aquarium it should be peaceful, roughly the same size as its tank mates and require the same general conditions as its tank mates. Size can vary a little but keep in mind that most big fish will regard most little fish as food. Angel fish commonly devour small tetras for example even though both are often listed as good community fish. Black mollies require hard alkaline water or even mildly brackish water and they won’t thrive alongside tetras in water which is soft and mildly acidic. But yet again both are listed as good community fish.

When choosing your fish you should check for

sinais para opções binarias gratis Compatibility: Will the new fish get along with your existing stock, there are rogues with every species and there is nothing you can do about that but there is lots of information on-line about specific fish to use as a guide. The fish should also require the same environment, it is no good keeping Amazonian fish which live in soft acidic water with African Rift Valley species which require hard alkaline water. When considering compatibility think about ultimate size, environment and behaviour.

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About Andy Rapson

I've been interested in fish for about fifty years and I have kept many different species in that time. I have also worked in the fish trade running my own fish shop and I'm a Fishbase collaborator. I'm now mainly interested in fish husbandry, fish health, native marines and fish photography.

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