Tropical Fish Guide
Tropical Fish Guide
A tropical fish guide will help you to select the right fish for your aquarium. If you are a beginner you will want to start with fish that are easy to maintain. It is very important to balance your fish tank and that means having fish that like to swim at different levels of the tank as well as those who are good at sharing enclosed spaces with other species. There are some types of fish that are too territorial to share a fish tank and others that may look on their cohabitates as food!
Keeping tropical fish healthy can be better achieved if you educate yourself about their species, their favorite foods, natural habitats etc. For example members of the family chaetodontidae or butterfly fishes and angel fishes as they are more commonly known love to spend their days picking at coral. The live on or near the coral reef so it is best to try and replicate this in the fish tank. Pay attention to what the tropical fish guide advises you to do when caring for these beautiful fish. For example angelfishes are territorial and will fight with members of their own species possibly more often than with other species of fish.
A tropical fish guide will help in other ways as well. It will provide details of that particular species including how big in size they become when fully grown. This will have an impact on balancing your aquarium. The guide will also help you with advice on how to feed certain species, what types of diseases they are more prone to and the warning signs you should watch out for in case something is amiss.
When you have allowed your salt water fish tank to settle and are ready to populate it, consult a tropical fish guide before you go to the aquatic store. If you know which species you want to buy it will help cut down on the often bewildering choice available at the store. Also you will know in advance whether the species you have chosen are compatible. You will know that a clown fish can share with a sea anemone whereas most other fish can’t. Establishing a list of the varieties of fish you want to populate your tank is a great idea as is having mixture of those that prefer to live in the top water, the middle and on the bottom of the tank.
Be careful when it comes to buying your fish. If you are an amateur and don’t know the dealer, bring an experienced fish owner with you. Use common sense and the knowledge gained from your tropical fish guide to pick out the fish. Don’t buy from a store with dirty tanks or dead fish floating in the water. Don’t get emotionally involved either. Don’t make the mistake of buying fish with broken or damaged fins just because they remind you of Nemo.
The tropical fish identification guide will help you to spot good fish. Yes it is not as good as having an expert in person but it is better than nothing. Don’t buy your fish all at the same time. It is a good idea to buy them in batches at least ten days apart so that the first lot can settle in before you add more into the fish tank. Buying them in batches means that the fish shouldn’t get together and pick on one newcomer and is less likely to lead to aggression. As the tropical fish guide will warn you, some species would pick a fight with a paper bag and are best left out of the fish tank altogether. A Humbug Damsel for example will often adopt a particular piece of coral or rock and can become aggressive towards other species.
Some tropical fish have sharp bony scalpels such as those belonging to the Surgeons, Tangs and Unicorn fishes of the family Acanthuridae. Although they can inflict wounds, they often become tame in captivity and have been known to accept food from your hand. But as your tropical fish guide will advise you this is not a good habit to get into.
Trigger fishes are another species of tropical fish that can cause problems in adulthood when they can become aggressive. These fishes have two dorsal fins and are found in the pacific or Indian oceans. They have sharp teeth so be careful when feeding. A lovely looking fish is the Moorish Idol. You will have seen this one in tropical fish pictures. It is a very distinctive black and yellow fish and would make a beautiful addition to your salt water fish tank but it is not suitable for a beginner. They can be difficult to feed and may die if you have little or no experience in looking after fish. Learn to look after easier fish first before introducing this one to your tank. Pay attention to the advice given in the tropical fish guide.
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