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A short guide on caring for tropical fish from All Creatures Healthcare

June 14, 2020

As National Marine Week is coming up, the team at All Creatures thought it would be a good time to offer a short guide to caring for tropical fish.

There’s little as soothing as watching colourful fish swimming around in their tank, but it’s important that their environment is kept pristine, which is what this guide is all about. You may well need more advice, especially if you’re new to keeping fish, and our experts will be happy to help when you contact us.

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When it comes to caring for fish, the place to start is the tank, with the temperature being the single most important consideration. What the temperature should be will be dictated by the type of fish you’re keeping, but as a general rule it’ll be around 25°C and you’ll need to keep it constant with daily checks.

Also for the tank you’ll need a filter to keep the water clean, along with a light and some gravel. Where you position the tank is important – there shouldn’t be too much natural light or any source of loud noises, such as a TV.

What and how much you feed your fish can also impact on their environment. Again the type of food you offer will be species-specific, so you will want to do your research thoroughly. If there is evidence of leftover food in the tank you’re probably feeding them too much.

Excess food can build up, which is why regular cleaning is necessary – monthly should do it – of the tank, its walls where algae can build up and any bits and bobs you’ve provided for your fish to swim in and out of.

Filters need to be changed regularly and you need to keep a close eye on your aquatic companions to check for behavioural changes and the condition of your pets. If you do notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, please call us for advice on 01603 89 89 84 or contact us online.

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