We want to create a guide on how to add tropical fish to a new tank. As you may know, there are many different types of tropical fish and the proper care for them depends on their type. This is why we have put together this list of steps that will make it easier for you when adding your new pets
Plan ahead by asking industry or veterinary experts
Before you choose a type of tropical fish, it is important to research the needs of that specific pet. Most types need saltwater and can be sensitive to pH levels. Furthermore, some have very specific diets that should never change because it will slow down their growth process or even kill them!
Some fish can thrive in new environments, and a few are even compatible with other types of species. But if you’re not sure about whether the tank conditions meet your needs (or those of any potential newcomer), it’s always best to consult an expert before making that purchase!
Determine the Size of Tank Needed
Once you have chosen your desired type of tropical fish, it is time to start researching the size of the tank needed. Choose a bigger aquarium if you are planning on adding more than one type of fish at once or add any other aquatic pets that can live with the chosen species in your home.
Also, research the growth of your chosen species and make sure the tank has enough room for their growth. If you are just starting out with an aquarium, it is always best to err on the side of a larger size so that your fish can grow into it as they age.
Consistently Monitor and Check Water Quality
It’s important to keep the water quality at a high level for tropical fish. You can do this by making sure that there are no nitrates or ammonia levels, and also keeping up with frequent water changes. There is an easy way of testing your tank as many pet shops sell water quality testing kits.
To make sure you have optimal conditions in which to introduce your new friend into their home, be certain that chlorine has been eliminated before adding them and ensure ph balances match those within the tank as well.
Safely Transport Your Tropical Fish
It’s important to keep your fish safely in a bag or container that is airtight. This will help prevent their water from coming out and prevents other possible hazards like airborne bacteria. There are many types of containers you can use, but the most common one seems to be the plastic bag with zip-top closure for transport.
To help minimize the stress of the fish, it’s important to keep a few things in mind during the transportation process. If you’re driving, make sure to not hit any bumps or potholes with force and ensure they are covered with a towel or hand cloth.
Introducing the Fish To the New Tank
Acclimatisation: To help your new fish adjust to the water temperature in their new home, let them float on top of the tank for about 30 minutes. The old water that they have been living in will be a different temperature than what is used in most tanks so it’s important to make sure you acclimate them before releasing them into this environment and risking another death from shock or lack of oxygen.
To correctly and safely acclimatise a tropical, fill the bag up with water from your new tank and release a small amount into the zip-up bag at 10-15 min intervals.
Lighting Sensitivity: Even though tropical fish are not as sensitive to light, it’s important to still lower the lighting of the aquarium. This will help keep them from being exposed to lots of light after being covered during the transportation process, which can cause stress and make it difficult for them to see.
Monitor the Fish’s Behaviour: When you have acclimatised your tropical fish to their new environment, monitor their behaviour. Signs you should look out for;
- Erratic behaviour such as constantly darting about
- Spinning in circles
- Trying to jump out of the water or not swimming at all. If you see any signs, it’s important to be cautious and allow them some time for their behaviour to return back to normal before introducing other fish.
Get Help From the Experts
If you are looking to add some tropical fish to your new tank, we have a step by step guide for you. We hope this post has been helpful and that it gives you the information needed to make an informed decision when adding aquatic life into your home.
However, if something is still unclear or unanswered after reading our article and you need professional help, please feel free to contact us at Oceanlife Aquatics. Our team of experts can help with the ongoing maintenance of your fish tank and its inhabitants.