Thinking about getting a pet fish tank? Here are some pet aquarium facts for you.
Fish make a great first pet for anyone, especially children. You will need to be careful when selecting your first pet fish, looking for easy to care for, hardy breeds.
Giving a pet fish to a child can help them learn to take responsibility, and have pride in ownership of their new pet.
According to a study by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association (PFMA) 16% of all pet owners, also have pet fish.
Some of the reason for this may be because of less time, smaller homes, apartments, even tiny houses, where a cat or dog just isn’t possible.
Did you know that pet fish can be great for your health?
Yes! Fish swim at a relaxed pace with fluid movements, gliding across a boundless sea (to them), without a care in the world. The tranquility of the fish and flowing plant life actually transcends to the viewer, having a calming and peaceful effect on them.
A pet fish tank has been associated with lowering blood pressure, to helping calm ADHD patients.
Fish are silent pets. Apartment dwellers have nothing to worry about when it comes to barking or scratching the carpeting.
Pet fIsh come in hundreds of colours and shapes, so you never get bored with them. Just carefully choose another compatible breed, and slowly add your new neighbour into your tank.
Nothing to pet? Did you know that some fish actually do interact with their owners? You can find you-tube videos of people even teaching their pet fish to do tricks.
Start out with a tropical tank - ideally a 90-litre tank, and don’t opt for a marine tank until you know what you are doing.
Do your research, or read our best beginner fish tank page - if your'e wanting a small starter fish tank.
To begin you might start with a desktop size or a 10-gallon fish tank which is a great size for smaller rooms.In my opinion, every bedroom should have one for a soothing night light glow.
Learn how big your chosen fish will get, and once grown, will they eat the smaller fish in your pet fish tank?
Start your research with some of these more hardy, easy to care for fish such as:
There are others, but these will be the least expensive, and most tolerable.
Find the safest tropical plants you can use for them, and the most nutritious food.
Know where your tank will go. It cannot be in direct sunlight, although a little-filtered light is good. It can’t be next to heating and air conditioning vents, as it can make the water temperature fluctuations too drastic for the fish to survive.
It shouldn’t be in the high-traffic area of the house as startling your fish can send them into shock. A nice cosy corner of your room is almost always a safe bet.
Go low maintenance as possible, by considering a Starter Fish Tank or Fish Aquarium Kit.
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