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turn into a keeper of
Fish keeping is an excellent passion. Any time most people consider keeping fish, they think of a
goldfish in a bowl. Nonetheless, a bowl is not the right place for a fish any time you expect them
to prosper or even live. After an individual realizes that, an aquarium tank pops into mind and a
proper and well maintained aquarium is a wonderful place to keep fish. However, another terrific
option for fish keeping is a backyard pond. There are also three alternatives as to the environment
for the fish-freshwater, saltwater or brackish.
If you stop and consider it, you will probably come up with the most popular fish to keep-goldfish,
guppies and angelfish. You can keep a variety of fish together or for mating reasons keep a
number of the same species together. Guppies, characin, mollies, cichlid, catfish, and killifish are
the most in-demand among breeders.
The Practice of Fish Keeping
Fish keeping isn't new but a hundreds of years old practice; though, in its roots fish keeping was
for food as opposed to being a hobby. The religious understanding of abstaining from eating meat
on certain days motivated this practice as fish could be consumed on such days. Fish keeping for
food was common in China and Japan; having said that, as status symbols royals began to keep
koi and goldfish due to their eye-catching colors. The practice was mainly centered on pond fish
keeping, but to impress guests a few fish were moved inside to bowls. The ancient Romans are
acknowledged to have kept lampreys in saltwater pools. Ancient Egyptian Temples included fish
pools on their grounds.
A lot of people begin with freshwater fish keeping as salt water is both more challenging plus
more costly. So saltwater is generally only tackled by those who are more experienced. However,
saltwater displays tend to be very attractive because the fish are diverse and colorful and coral
can also add color also. Brackish water obviously is a blend of fresh and saltwater but might be as
complicated as saltwater to keep fish in.
Fish Keeping Environment
Those involved in the past time of fish keeping aren't just focused on fish but also the habitat
where fish live. Therefore, fish keepers are interested in aquatic plants. Some even go to the
extreme of creating/growing a coral reef with living coral, algae, sponges and worms. If the reef
works then additional living things for instance crabs, mollusks, and shrimp can be put into the
aquarium which is then rightly referred to as a reef tank.
Obviously most fish keepers do not establish reef tanks, but it is important to set up an
environmental ecology that resembles the natural environment of the fish that will be kept. This is
the most complicated thing about fish keeping and why many folks fail. You ought to take into
consideration predator prey relationships when creating the environment and selecting fish. The
quantity of water is a crucial environmental factor but here surface volume is much more

important than total volume. Surface volume is what impacts oxygen levels in the water--the
larger the surface volume, the higher the oxygen levels. Of course that is why air pumps are
employed as they raise the dissolved oxygen levels within the water. This is part of the whole
nutrient cycle which must be properly maintained for the fish. Beginners will often be surprised to
discover that it is much easier to do the environmental creation and maintenance properly in a
large aquarium as opposed to a small one. This is the case because small adjustments do not
have such a substantial impact in large aquariums as they do in a small one. In small aquariums
making changes as one tries to "get it right" can distress the system. So the small aquariums are
really not the best choice for novices.
You need to also regulate the nitrogen cycle, dissolved gasses and keep the food supply wellbalanced. A person must also on a regular basis check salinity and pH level of the water and take
corrective measures if needed. An individual should avoid using plain faucet water in freshwater
fish tanks as it includes chlorine. If you are going to use plain faucet water then you need to treat
it with chloramines which will take away the chlorine.
You obviously need different water temperatures depending on types of fish and the aquarium
you are creating. Cold water fish versus tropical fish need very different temperature levels. For
tropical aquariums the temperature really should be around 77 degrees Fahrenheit. A cold water
aquarium must be at lower than room temperature which is achieved using a chiller which is a
refrigeration device.
Part of creating the ecosystem is the inclusion of plants. Plants will be more than aesthetics since
they can metabolize waste including nitrogen. Nonetheless, there exists a trade-off, the more
organisms you introduce the more complicated the balance and the more difficult it is to maintain
everything. Introducing a lot of varieties of organisms is known as biological loading. In deciding
on what to add, always keep in mind two factors-filtration process and oxygen levels. If you wish
to breed fish you ought to be much more conservative and careful in what you add. Breeders also
will want to add "spawning triggers," certain environmental variables which will promote
Fish Keeping In Ponds
As opposed to utilizing an aquarium an alternative choice that is gaining popularity is setting up
ponds in one's yard or garden. You have many of the same things to consider as keeping a
freshwater aquarium except the conditions will be more natural (though not totally) and the fish
are larger. In cases where you live in a warm climate then tropical fish are a possibility. However,
in colder climates goldfish, orfe and koi work well.
With any luck this information has done two things. First, it ought to have given you some
understanding that fish keeping is not simple and therefore requires consistent and informed
action. Second, ideally it has not scared you away from fish keeping as it's a wonder and
enjoyable pastime. Furthermore, any body can learn what they need to know to be successful at
fish keeping. Be a keeper of fish! Fish Keeping

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