I know very little about aquatic fish at this stage other than the fact that they are indeed exotic creatures that are correctly classified as exotic pets by the time they enter the home of someone who has a much deeper interest in these colourful and mystical creatures than I have.
Now, I’m not suggesting that I have a dispassionate interest, believe me, I really like the fish, it’s just that I’m already quite overwhelmed. I’ve been focusing on poison and danger for a while, so that’s something that needs careful attention.
I’m sure you will understand. What I’m also very keen on is educating both young and old on the fragility of exotic creatures. Where it is permissible for us to keep them I am emphatic in my belief that we should learn as much about the tiny animals as we can and have the right heart to take care of them. This is so that they can survive well, perhaps even thrive and breed, in habitable environments. There are some species of exotic aquatic fish that are perfect for the home. Practically, this has to do with their size and their confined living environments.
But this is not the old goldfish in a bowl we are talking about, and there is a lot more to the fish tank with colourful fins waving at you in your living room. I dare say that such a fish tank should not even be kept in such a room. I also think this would be a great hobby for teenagers, but as adults we need to make darn sure that they are responsible enough to take on yet more responsibilities along with the willingness to learn more about nature. Let’s dive into the pristine but endangered waters of the ocean where these beautiful creatures are generally found and scoop up a few important points in regard to caring for these fish.
For the long term, and I would hope this will be the case, because I want to see these fish thrive, these fish are going to be your pets. Yes, they are not going to be as attentive as domestic dogs and cats and other exotic mammals, but believe me, these fish have eyes. Treat them accordingly and they can be happy in a confined but healthy environment. This, of course, will be their aquarium. Treat the aquarium as their sanctuary and follow all the rules when setting it up for the first time and then maintaining it on a regular basis, at least once a week for a small aquarium is considered to be adequate.
Taking global warming out of the equation for now, river, lake and ocean water is cleansed and filtered naturally. Not so, aquatic water. So every effort must be made by the aquarium keeper to ensure that water is kept clean and healthy at all times. The simple basics here entail not overcrowding the tank or over feeding the fish. Only feed fish what is recommended and advised. Change at least some of the water regularly, beginning by cleaning the gravel bed and providing an outlet for proper filtration. Gravel should be clean and I recommend using artificial plants as decorations for the tank.
Focus on caring for the fish. You’ll be using mostly tap water, but need to dechlorinate it regularly for the fragile fish’s safety. When setting up the tank for the first time, use a damp cloth to clean it both inside and out. But never use soap or harmful washing detergents. Never place the tank in direct sunlight.
Partial sunlight can cause excessive algae growth. I recommend a cool, dark room with lamplights specially designed for the aquarium. Keep the tank water at room temperature. Cold water condensates. Do not overload the tank with artificial plants so as to leave room for the fish to swim about freely.