Having a pet in your home can bring you enjoyment and relief from anxiety and stress, even when the pet is a fish. A fish in an aquarium brings an underwater environment you can watch and enjoy for hours, especially when you are under a stay-at-home order to fight a global pandemic. But before you go out and purchase a fish from your nearest pet store, make sure you have the right equipment and understanding to keep your fish healthy and alive. Here are some recommendations for you to follow when you decide to get a freshwater fish as a pet for your home.
Find a Safe Location
One of the first things you need to consider is where you will place your new fish tank. It is a good idea to keep the aquarium on a stand or table to keep it safe, off the ground, and away from cold drafts in your home. A sturdy and stable cabinet or desk will also keep your aquarium safe from small children and other large pets in your home.
You should also look for a place that is not in direct sunlight coming from a window, for example, and not next to a heat vent or other heat source. Your aquarium water needs to remain at a constant temperature between 72 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Choose Your Equipment
Next, you will need to choose an aquarium that will be large enough to provide plenty of space for the fish you choose to bring home. For example, if you only want to have one goldfish, you will only need to get a small aquarium, which will provide it with plenty of swimming room. But if you want to collect a lot of fish or add aquatic frogs or snails, you should look to start off with a large-sized aquarium.
Make a phone call to talk to a pet store professional to find out their recommendations for a large enough aquarium for the fish you want to have. Too many fish in one tank can cause the water to become dirty from fish waste, and the oxygen levels in the water can become dangerously low and cause your fish to get sick and die.
You will also need some aquarium gravel to line the base and a tank heater with a thermometer to keep the water temperature at a constant level. Then, when it is time to clean your tank, look for a gravel vacuum and a tool to clean the sides of the tank when they become dirty from algae growth.
To learn more, contact a resource like Neptune's Tropical Fish.