Buy­ing fish is a real de­light, and your store should be able to an­swer all of your queries. But it also helps to do your home­work so you know what you’re look­ing for be­fore you visit.

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Marine Guide -

TAKE ALONG de­tails of your tank. In­clude your ph, am­mo­nia, ni­trite and ni­trate lev­els, as well as the tem­per­a­ture and a list of what live­stock you al­ready have. At least one staff mem­ber should be able to tell you ex­actly what con­di­tions each and ev­ery fish on sale needs to keep it healthy. Never buy a fish that you or the store know noth­ing about.

Ask what the fish are feed­ing on. Don’t be shy about ask­ing to see them eat­ing if you have any doubts, and don’t buy fish that refuse to feed.

In­ves­ti­gate the sale tanks hard. If any fish in there are sick, dead or dy­ing, don’t pur­chase from that tank.

Once you’ve bought your fish, keep them in their in­su­lated, dark pack­ag­ing for the jour­ney home. Don’t keep tak­ing them out to check on them – you’ll only stress them out.

Re­mem­ber, a good store will ask you lots of ques­tions to en­sure that they sell you the right fish.

Find a rep­utable dealer for your fish.

Sun corals need tar­get feed­ing.

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