Learn the basics of keeping tropical fish

May 24, 2022

As well as making fascinating pets (who hasn’t been mesmerised by a fish tank…), tropical fish are actually good for your health. That’s right, having a fish tank in your home is said to reduce stress levels, improve sleep quality and lower your heart rate and blood pressure, amongst other health benefits. Sold? If you are thinking about getting a tropical fish tank soon, read this quick guide from our Fish Vet, Darren Partridge.

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The ideal tropical fish tank

When it comes to caring for fish, the place to start is the tank, with the temperature being the single most important consideration.

What the temperature should be will be dictated by the type of fish you are keeping. As a general rule, it will be around 25°C and you’ll need to keep it constant with daily checks.

Also, you will need a filter to keep the water clean, along with a light and some gravel. Where you position the tank is important too; there shouldn’t be too much natural light or any source of loud noises close by, such as a TV.

But what size aquarium should you get?

According to Darren, think about how many ‘inches of fish’ you’d like to keep. Then calculate 1 gallon of water per each inch of fish. So, if you want to keep 5 inches of fish, your tropical fish tank will need to hold 5 gallons of water.

Feeding & cleaning

What and how much you feed your tropical fish can also impact on their environment. The type of food you offer will be species-specific, so you should do your research thoroughly. If there is evidence of leftover food in the tank, you’re probably feeding them too much.

Excess food can build up, which is why regular cleaning is necessary. You will need to undertake a monthly tank cleaning session. This should include its walls where algae can build up and any bits & bobs you’ve provided for your fish to swim in and out of.

Filters need to be changed regularly and you need to keep a close eye on your aquatic companions to check for behavioural changes and their condition. If you do notice anything that seems out of the ordinary, please call us for advice on 0208 979 1384.

Looking for fish vets in Molesey? Look no further; Darren Partridge and our experienced team at Molesey Vets provide care for all kinds of pets, including tropical fish. Read more pet fish advice from Molesey Vets.


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