If you want to start a tropical or saltwater aquarium, then there are a few things you need to understand. Here are 3 tips to help you keep your fish happy and alive in their new environment.
Large Tank and More Space
First, you need plenty of space for your saltwater fish so that they have their own homes or territories. Some types of saltwater fish will bully the other fish if they feel threatened or like they do not have enough room to swim.
The amount of space or the number of gallons you need depends on the fish, so plan out which types of fish you want and how many you want to buy so that you get the right aquarium. The number of gallons per fish can vary from one type of fish to another, so there is not a set number to go by. Speak to an employee at a store like Neptune's Tropical Fish to ensure that you get the right tank for the fish you plan on keeping.
Also, if you choose to have a couple of larger fish, you may want to avoid mixing smaller fish in because they can get stressed and will not survive.
Second, make sure that you are feeding your saltwater fish the right kind of food. While you can feed fish food flakes to guppies and a lot of fresh water fish, your ocean fish need a different diet.
One of the best things you can give them is brine shrimp. If you do not want to keep a tank of brine shrimp alive in your home, your next best route is to buy them frozen solid in flat sheets.
When you need to use the shrimp, you just break off the needed amount and put it into some cool water. This will break the shrimp up and bring them to a normal temperature so that they are edible.
All you have to do then is pour the shrimp into your fish tank, and they will float around for your fish to eat and enjoy. Typically, your fish only need to eat once a day, but of course you need to understand each fish's diet and what is needed so that they stay healthy and strong.
Lastly, you need to keep a filter in the water in addition to cleaning out the tank regularly. Algae will form and will make the tank turn brown and green. This slime is not conducive to a good environment for the fish and can coat their skin.
That is why you need to keep a filter in the water that runs all day and night, and you also need to drain most of the water and use a suction tub to pull grim out of the rocks at the bottom every few weeks. You can then fill the tank with clean water and balance the pH level.
By doing these 3 things, you can give your fish the best chance of surviving when they are transported from the ocean to your home.