A Rewarding and Relaxing Hobby
Keep an aquarium of fish and water creatures in your home. See them moving around and feed them daily. This activity on daily basis can keep your eyes and mind soothing and refresh you when you feel like relaxing!
By Mr. Sundararajan*
Keeping an aquarium can be a rewarding and relaxing hobby, but it does require some basic knowledge and effort to ensure the health and well-being of the fish and other aquatic creatures in the tank. Here are some basics to keep in mind.
- Choose the right size, shape and type of aquarium The size of the tank will depend on the number and size of the fish you plan to keep. As a general rule, it is better to have a larger tank than a smaller one, as it provides a more stable environment for the fish. Also, choose the right type of aquarium based on the type of fish you want to keep – freshwater or saltwater.
- Set up the aquarium properly Once you have chosen the right size and type of aquarium, set it up properly by adding a suitable substrate, decor (rocks, plants, etc.), and a filter to ensure proper water circulation and filtration. Also, make sure the water is properly conditioned before adding any fish or aquatic creatures.
- Choose the right fish and other aquatic creatures Choose fish and other aquatic creatures that are compatible with each other and with the environment in your tank. Research the fish and other creatures you plan to keep and make sure they are suitable for your tank size and water parameters.
- Feed the fish properly Overfeeding is a common mistake that can lead to poor water quality and health problems for the fish. Feed your fish a varied and balanced diet and only as much as they can consume in a few minutes.
5. Maintain the aquarium
Regular maintenance is essential for the health of the fish and other aquatic creatures in the tank. This includes regular water changes (usually once a week), cleaning the substrate, and checking the filter and other equipment to make sure they are functioning properly.
6. Monitor the water quality
Test the water regularly to ensure proper water parameters, such as pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. If the levels are not within the acceptable range, take corrective action to bring them back to the proper levels.
7. Observe the fish
Pay attention to the behaviour and appearance of the fish and other aquatic creatures in the tank. This can help you detect any signs of illness or stress early on daily basis, so you can take action to address the problem before it becomes a serious issue.
*A Business Administrator with www.filialaquatics.com. He has passion and a wealth of experience as an aquarist of biotope aquarium. His interest area is as a professional aquascaper, he also participates in various international contests and competitions.