TAKING HOME ONE OF OUR FISH
Here’s what you will need to know if you take home a fish:
Quality flakes, pellets, vegetable based foods, dried and frozen blood worms etc, should all be mixed to vary the diet. A sign of fish needing variety is the regular eating of plants or long hanging faeces.
Feed 3 times per day. Don’t overfeed, everything must be eaten in 2 min’s & none should ever sink to the bottom (approx. 2-3 flakes per fish). Any that sinks to the bottom rots & clouds the tank.
Change 1/3 of your water every 2 weeks. Changing most your water removes the natural bacteria that break down the fish waste (ammonia). There are four essential steps to turn tap water into aquarium water:
- Water Ager - every time tap water is added. Removes chlorine, fluoride & heavy metals, which kill fish. Filtered water does not have enough natural bacteria & is too soft for fish.
- Water Conditioner (powder) - every time tap water is added, hardens water. After you put in the initial quantity for the tank, you just add the Conditioner for the water you are taking out.
- pH test kit (weekly), pH maintainer (every time new water is added) or neutralizing stone (replace when dissolved).
- Natural bacteria breaks down the ammonia your fish secrete (this takes 8 weeks to build up naturally). Essential when you add a new filter, set up a new tank & tap water is added.
Live plants oxygenate, break down ammonia, absorb excess nutrients that algae live on & are full of vitamin C.
Ideally you need a minimum of 50L to keep a goldfish. Ask about the most suitable filter for your tank or outside pond.
Gravel helps with filtration (wash it before placing in the tank). A gravel cleaner removes excess food & waste.
Ornaments, rocks & silk or plastic plants decorate tank, entertain fish and give places to hide.
A heater is required for tropical tanks & they generally should be kept at 26 degrees. Most cold-water fish do well in tropical tanks.
Weekend & Vacation feeders can be used when you go away & fresh plants should be placed into tanks as a back-up.
Algae treatments, live plants, limit light, sucking cats, snails & the use of Water Conditioner, help combat algae.
A net should always be used, never touch your fish. Tanks should be placed on flat towels or foam, & never move a tank when it’s full. Aquatic lights & bulbs encourage plant growth, make fish more active & appear more colourful (turn off at night).
This information is only meant as a guide. Do not hesitate us with any questions.