Type of Fish & Aquatic animals for Aquarium

Type of Fish & Aquatic animals for Aquarium


An aquarium gives a sneak peek of marine life and it comprises distinct types of fishes and sea animals. Your aquarium would look beautiful if you select the vibrant fishes and sea animals. There are certain requirements that you must know before buying sea animals and fishes.

Fish
The distinct kinds of fishes that are perfect for an aquarium are:

Royal Angelfish
The Royal Angelfish is also called the Regal Angelfish and this vibrant fish can improve the overall look of your aquarium. This fish can grow 9.8 inches long. Your new Royal Angelfish may skip food for a while if this fish was abused at the time of shipment. If you buy and keep other fish species, such as Dwarf Angels and Gobies along with the Royal Angelfish, it can begin to eat frozen foods, brine shrimp flakes.

Goldfish
Goldfish is a mandatory choice for aquariums. The price of this aquarium fish can differ depending on the colors of orange, red, brown, white, black and yellow. Goldfish has a satisfactory hearing quality due to the presence of two otoliths and the Weberian ossicles. You should buy these aquarium fishes from a store if the price is budget-friendly. You must purchase leafy greens, bloodworms to feed a goldfish.

Elegant Corydoras
You must purchase an aquarium heater to make the temperature of the aquarium comfortable for elegant corydoras. You should not keep this fish with different kinds of aggressive fishes in the aquarium. Elegant corydoras can become peaceful species in a group when you would keep at least six elegant corydoras in the aquarium. It is better to buy such a fish when you have a higher budget.

Pygmy corydoras
The Pygmy corydoras are of tiny sizes and thus, the price of this aquarium fish is likely to be reasonable. A horizontal black stripe is present on the fish’s body. Pygmy corydoras are lacking color; however, the back of the fish is slightly darker. The aquarium’s size should be bigger if you want to keep numerous pygmy corydoras and so, the price of the aquarium would be high. The plants consisting of elongated leaves in the aquarium can give the tiny fishes a chance to rest on it.

Sea animals
The combination of fish and sea animals can assist you to make such a home aquarium that would awestruck your guests and family members. Some of the common sea animals for your aquarium are:

Turtles
Both the semi-aquatic and aquatic turtles can stay in aquariums. The red-eared slider is high in demand among the aquarium owners and the aquarium trade. The turtle species are expected to become 10 to 12 inches long in the future and thereby, you must keep it in a big enclosure. You must not permit your kids to go near the turtles because it releases ‘Salmonella’ bacteria, which can spread to children. It is advised to maintain hygiene and wash hands after contact.

Sea Horse
The sea horse can be a spectacular collection for your aquarium. The price of the aquarium can vary based on the type and size of the sea horse you select. You have to buy a big aquarium if the sea horse’s size is bigger or when you have two sea horses. The two common kinds of sea horse species in aquariums include the lined seahorse that is Hippocampus Erectus and another is smooth seahorse that is Hippocampus kuda. It is your responsibility as a pet owner to provide food to a sea horse twice per day.

Octopus
The majority of the aquarium lovers love to keep a small-sized octopus in their aquariums. Some octopus ought to be kept in bigger aquariums because of their big sizes. Due to this reason, you can only keep one octopus in an aquarium. For instance, you can purchase octopus species, such as Octopus Vulgaris, Octopus cyanea (Jelly Fish) and so on. You can use the aquarium heater to adjust the temperature of the aquarium; this step would enable the sea animal to live peacefully in the aquarium.

Crabs
A crab is another sea animal that is mostly preferred by people to decorate their aquarium. The crabs fall under the category of omnivores, who eat algae and other food items incorporating worms, bacteria, crustaceans. The red clawed crabs are normally seen in the aquariums.

Setting up an Aquarium!!

Setting up an Aquarium!!

Are you planning on nurturing fish? If yes, then you have made a judicious choice. Because studies suggest that keeping fish can lower stress levels. Keeping the science aside, traditionally aquariums are considered to bring in good luck too. So, many people opt to install a fish tank in their homes to enjoy the related benefits.

When it comes to choosing an aquarium, you’ll be spoilt with options. There are an array of tank sizes and different fish species to take your pick from.

Moving on, here we have listed 7 aspects to consider when setting up your aquarium at home.

1. Planning the Tank

Before you decide your tank size, decide the fish species that you plan on keeping in your tank. Note that the type of fish determines other important aspects. These include the water conditions, size of the fish tank, and various plant species. Only after you settle on the fish species, the next step is to go shopping for your tank and other equipment.

2. Preparing the Tank

After purchasing the equipment, the following step is to set up your tank. First, ensure the tank is clean. For a new tank, only take a damp cloth and wipe all over. Avoid using soaps; and use only new cloth and bucket. Then, you can avoid household chemicals from getting into your tank.
Also, check if your tank is leak-proof. Fill water in to the tank and, then, leave for an hour. Now, screen the bottom edges to assess any leaks. Use aquarium sealant to seal the tank if you find any leaks.

Always position your tank that is next to a power supply and away from direct sunlight. Also, choose a robust stand for your tank.After positioning your tank correctly, follow by making sure the level is even. For the same, either use a spirit-level or fill the tank with 1-2 inches of water and check the level.

3. Adding the Substrate and Water

Follow the rule of thumb to prepare your substrate – for a 1-inch thick bed, 1 lb of substrate is enough for 1 gallon of water.
Next, you should rinse the substrate. Take a small quantity in a bucket and add cold water. Then, swirl the substrate with your hand and continue rinsing until the water runs clear. Also, consider applying a high-pressure hose if the amount of gravel to be cleaned is a lot. Rinsing the substrate is important because, otherwise, the dust in the gravel can cause your tank to become cloudy.Proceed by adding the clean substrate to the tank. First, add a thin layer before pouring in the remainder.

Depending on whether you want freshwater or saltwater in your tank, the way you add water varies.
For adding freshwater, pour the water via a saucer that is placed inside the tank. When using salt water, pass the water through reverse osmosis.
For the salt-mix, follow the given guidelines on the packet about the amount of water to be mixed.
Besides, use a de-chlorinator while making sure to follow the instructions on the bottle.

4. Installing the Equipment

Choose between internal and external filters to keep the tank water clean. Additional equipment that can be added to the tank includes heaters, lights, stones, thermometer, and air pumps. The heater and thermometer should be placed at two opposite ends so the tank is evenly heated within the tank.

5. Plants and Decorations

If you have decided on a theme for your fish tank, go ahead with your plan. Besides, for your tank plants, make sure to research thoroughly about the varied species that you want to place in your tank. Overall, your tank should be visually appealing.

6. Cycling the Tank

The general recommendation is to cycle the tank before adding the fish. Then, the fish are not exposed to the toxins. Cycling the tank is, also, known as the Nitrogen Cycle. Follow the instructions for freshwater cycling and saltwater cycling accordingly. Make sure to regularly change the water, as well.

7. Adding Fish to New Tank

At first, add only a couple of fish to the tank. Wait for 1-2 weeks before adding more fish. By doing so, the essential bacteria that filter the water have time to grow then.