Keeping a tropical fish tank isn't
always easy. Rather than thinking of it as just an aquarium
full of pet fish, it's better to consider it your own private
ecosystem. Not only do the fish affect the atmosphere, but the
plants, rocks, temperature, lighting, and more can change the
quality of life inside your tank. When it comes to keeping your
tank free of disease and parasites, there are many precautions
you can take.
When it comes to choosing items for your tropical fish tank,
keep in mind that while you may be introducing a lovely new
live plant or a new species of compatible fish, you may also be
inadvertently bringing unwanted organisms into your tank. For
example, when buying live plants, it's important to make sure
that there are no snail eggs on the leaves. Otherwise, it's all
too easy for snails to breed and create havoc inside your
tank—not only do they eat food, but some types of snails can
feed on sick or sleeping fish as well.
Buying decorations for your tropical fish tank can be quite
fun indeed. However, before introducing it into the tank, make
sure that it is clean. If you'd like to include shells or
driftwood in your tank, your best bet is to buy them at the
store rather than pick them up off the beach. There is simply
no telling what tiny organisms may be living there.
Additionally, if you want to include plastic toys or
decorations, be sure they are of high quality. Buying cheaply
made plastic accessories may introduce chemicals, dye, or even
lead into your tank.
It's always a bit of a risk introducing a new fish into a
tropical fish tank. You never quite know if the new fish will
bring some new illness into your tank. Oftentimes the fish may
initially look fine, but some chemical in its original tank
will disagree with yours. To avoid having this happen, it's a
good idea to watch your local fish store carefully.
For example, do you see any tanks that look dirty or
neglected? Are there tanks with sick fish in them that haven't
been labeled? Are there tanks that are overcrowded or simply
too small for the fish inside them to thrive in? If you spot
any of these signs, it's a good idea not to frequent that
Additionally, not all fish that exhibit odd behavior may be
sick. Learning the nuances of fish behavior can mean the
difference between picking a sick fish and one that is simply
shy or nocturnal. If you notice a fish hiding, being
stationary, or discolored, it may not be a sign of illness.
However, if you see a fish struggling to swim or breathe, this
is a sign that the tank is contaminated with some sort of
sickness. Learn more about how to take care of your tropical
fish tank today!