5 TOP TIPS FOR BEGINNER FISH KEEPERS
Dave Hulse, Tetra’s Technical Expert provides his top tips for those looking to join the fishkeeping hobby:
1 Do your research: Learn about the importance of water quality, feeding a proper diet, providing the right sized tank and the fish you’re looking to keep.
2 Choose fish most suited to your
experience: There are thousands of species and varieties of tropical fish that can be kept in aquaria, but some have highly specialist requirements and should only be kept by experienced fishkeepers. However, there are lots of danio, barb, tetra or rasbora species that make excellent starter fishes.
3 Select a suitable location for your
aquarium: Your tank needs to be sited in a quiet corner of a room out of direct sunlight, to prevent algae growth. Keeping a tank in a kitchen is usually avoided as volatile odours from cooking and cleaning products can enter the water and harm the fish.
4 Test the water regularly:
Successful fishkeeping starts with managing the water quality of the aquarium as it highlights trends which can be monitored and identifies problems before they cause harm to the fish. Tetra’s free water testing app, speeds up and simplifies water testing.
5 Speak to your retailer: If you have any questions about the hobby or your aquarium, don’t be afraid to ask. Staff at your aquatic shop will be happy to provide the information you need.