I think many of you might pet fish in a fishbowl at home. Fishbowl is a great thing for the new fish owners to know more about your fish and also learn how to pet them better. However, fish need room to swim – would you be happy living in a tiny bowl? The Humane Society of United States recommends at least a 20 gallon fish aquarium for first-time owner. It might seem like taking care of a smaller tank would be easier, actually, it’s actually easier to keep the water clean with a larger tank with filter. So, if you are planning to move your fish to a new home, here are some tips for you.
Setting up tank early. It is very important to give the tank to become established before adding fish. Fill your new tank with clean tap water and test the water PH with a kit from a pet supply store or online retailer. Most fish do best with a balanced PH 7; however, some fish do best with more acidic or basic water. Let the new tank sit for at least a week before adding your fish. This will give the water time for impurities to dissipate and give you time to make sure that everything works as it should. Besides, set up your tank against an inside wall and away from windows, doors, direct sunlight, vents and other sources of drafts to ensure that the water temperature stays constant. Purchase a tank thermometer is convenient for you to know the temperature.
Accessories and Gravel. Before putting the gravel in the tank, rinse it clean with water. Add one pound of gravel per gallon of water in the tank. Provide a light source for your fish by adding a fluorescent light to your tank, many tank lid have lights built in, a good rule of thumb is to have the light on half the day and off half the day. Keep a hood or canopy over the tank to make sure that your fish stay safe and sound in tank as some fish are jumpers. Besides, fish love to play hide and seek, so some aquarium decorations can create a beautiful landscape for your fish to hang out and hide.
Filters. Without filtration, fish waste can poison the water in your tank. Invest in a high-quality filtration system by choosing a filter that is sized for your specific tank.
After all the essential steps, you can bring your fish to their new home.