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5 simple ways to keep a fish.

This by far is one of my inspirations for wanting a beautiful aquarium, these are called Nanoscapes. Gorgeous isn’t it?

For many years I had wanted to keep a fish, in my office at work, or at home.Problem is, every time I tried they would end up bellying up on me.

Or like that one time when it jumped out of its bowl, and only realized it when I came home later that day leaving me standing there in shock as to ask myself how in the all-that-is-fishy-legs did that beta crawl out of its own bowl and onto the floor?

Actually, later that day i realized why, which is why ill be discussing this later on. After that dreadful incident I simply decided to not get a fish in fear of history repeating itself.

I was comitted to educating myself properly on this, never again will I be that girl on Finding Nemo yelling at the fish saying “FISHY WHY U SLEEP!

NOPE! Never again!

 

So after some time, do to my lack of failed attempts at keeping fish. I decided to start my aquaventures with aquatic turtles. Mostly because they are adorable, but also they seemed more resistant than fish are. I slowly made my transition to keeping fish to see if i’d learn how to. To which I did with much research.

My Turtle aquariuim

On that note here is an easy list, based off my research and recent practices, some tips and easy logic to keep a fish.

1. Aquarium Kit

Yes, believe it or not this part is the easiest. In fact it’s so easy well…anyone can do it. For beginners I do recommend getting a fish aquarium kit. One that it small and easy to maintain. Luckily there is such a thing.

MarineLife Portrait 5 Gallon Aquarium

I recommend getting an aquarium that’s small enough for you to get acclimated and one that comes with mostly everything you need. I found the perfect one to be this Marinelife Portrait 5 Gallon Aquarium. It’s quaint, it’s small (smaller than the image shows you by the way). But if your a newbie, like I am…..you will find it to be very pleasant to keep. 

 

What it doesn’t come with:
Heater: If your looking for a heater, for those winter nights, the right size for this aquarium would be something like the Marina 25 Watt compact heater. This will fit snugly where the filter is. What’s great about this is that there is room to put one in.

 

Gravel or Susbtrate: The gravel or substrate isn’t particularly necessary, it’s all to your liking, and how you want your tank to look like. Using substrate is good in case you want to use any live plants. Gravel placed on top of the substrate keeps the plant in place.

Decor: No decor, which kinda goes without saying, but this leaves you to be creative. 🙂

What it comes with:

Light Fixture: White LED lights, that can be moved out of the way if you need to change water, or rearrange aquarium decor. The light can be changed to Blue for night time as well.
Hidden Filter: nicely tucked in the back, no wires, no mess. Includes a sliding glass top.

What it doesn’t come with:

Heater: If your looking for a heater, for those winter nights, the right size for this aquarium would be something like the Marina 25 Watt compact heater. This will fit snugly where the filter is. What’s great about this is that there is room to put one in.

Gravel or Susbtrate: The gravel or substrate isn’t particularly necessary, it’s all to your liking, and how you want your tank to look like. Using substrate is good in case you want to use any live plants, they come in a variety of colors, the one depicted int he picture is a black substrate. With gravel placed on top of the substrate keeps the plant in place.

Decor: No decor, which kinda goes without saying, but this leaves you to be creative. 🙂

2. Don’t touch them too much

Fish are extremely sensitive. Try not to handle them too much. If you find something around the house that you think will be a great decor piece for your fish, just do a bit of research on it. Google it: Can I use my sock in an aquarium? I’m pretty sure google will say, What the? NO! you cannot!

Fish like consistency, they don’t like too much change, changing their water can be a gamble, but with proper education you can see why. Make sure your water temp is close to what you had it, and if your not sure, put your fishes in a bag put the bag inside the new water, to get them acclimated. After a good 15 minutes or so you can release them into their new habitat.

3.

Just like humans we need light to survive, we get our minerals from the sun, without the sun nothing grows! Make sure you keep a good light on them, and be aware of any UVB bulbs you use to sterilize the water (another tip to get rid of bacterial bloom to which i discuss further below.) I once bought a UVB sterilizer without a cover (without a cover can make your fish go blind and potentially kill them, and no i didn’t kill my fish, I googled it before i put the bulb in). So I returned it, and got one with a cover. So be sure it has a cover!

Bacterial Bloom If you find that you have this happening, that greenish tint which is also called Green Bloom (Bloom of Algae) or Bacterial Bloom, of which will dissipate if you give it time, more so a day-to a couple days time, and a lot of websites will talk to you about the right PH levels, Nitrogen Cycle, CO2, and other elements that when you realize it, you can find them all in the Periodic Table. To me all of that was quite confusing, and after much research, I’ve found a way to just keep it simple and finding the right starter kit helped me do just that. So speaking of my turtle 40 gallon tank i did get the kit that came with it, but it wasn’t helping at all. The water was always murky, and had a greenish tint to it. The Marinelife I listed is perfect, no need to buy anything else.

If your aquarium has the green blues then you most definitely did something wrong! Just kidding, it happens..don’t get me wrong, at first it may look a bit cloudy and a bit scary. Sometimes a water change can help clear this bloom. Or sometimes you need to restart your filter. It’s a guessing game. Just keep an eye on it and don’t let it get like the photo above…Yugh. Also, in some cases too much lighting can make your aquarium have a cloudy look. Doing regular water changes can help this a lot. So don’t get frustrated, you’ve got all your key points in line. Just give the aquarium a little TLC, and you’ll soon love this as a hobby as much as I do.

4. Keep it clean

 

The complications occur in up keeping and regular maintenance. I’d like to start off with saying that I had my share of practice with keeping 2 turtle aquariums. I must say, I went through my share of filters and none were doing the job. So basically this is how it works. The filter that comes with it will do it’s job (except for my turtles… that’s a different scenario). You must remember, adding more food than the fish can consume can make your water dirty, thus putting your filter in overdrive, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If anything you might end up with green algae in the corners. So when it comes to manual clean up time, in order to clean them i suggest you safely scoop up a little bit of their water, and scoop out the fishies with a net and put them in the jar with the old aquarium water. Then clean out your tank with a toothbrush or something that can get into the corners, once you feel satisfied with the cleaning replace the water, but don’t replace all of it. Leave some in it, more like a gallon out of the 5 gallons, or replace 3 gallons. Replacing all of the water is what gets you in the dog house with fishy murder. At least to my experience anyways.

After you’ve added your water, make sure to treat it. The tap water alone can harm your fishes, because of calcium buildup and other harmful chemicals. Any fish water treatment works fine, and you can get that at your local pet store for a few bucks. You could also leave the fishes inside the tank while you clean, just make sure to add the water in little by little. So you don’t shock the fish with improper temperatures. They are very (low voice) sensitive (eye roll). So once you’ve done that you should be good! Don’t forget to use a thermometer  for those cold nights. It helps keep you in check to see if you need to use the heater or not.

 

 

5. Vibrations

Oh yea, don’t shake the FISHY! It will kill them. Try to be as gentle as you can. Don’t be that girl. Yea you know who i mean.

THAT GIRL —–>

What horror fish stories do you have?

Share it below in the comments.

     

Here are some of the items i mentioned. Worth taking a look at.

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