One might be surprised to know that fishes make the third most popular pets amongst households after cats and dogs, all thanks to the beauty and tranquility they bring in. It is common to observe fish dying shortly after being brought to their new home from the pet store and we are quick to blame the pet shop owner for selling fish in poor health. However, it is not the case, most fishes can’t survive transition easily hence putting them into freshwater or a new environment can make them feel stressed and die. Hence, it is vital to take the initial few steps very carefully before bringing these dainty creatures home.
For setting these up, one needs to have the following items:
While setting up the fish tank, use a damp cloth to clean it as well as the decoration items. Never use any soap or detergent for this, even for cleaning from outside. Make sure to place your aquarium on a good sturdy base to withstand its weight with water and near an electric socket. Keep it away from the sun or any other heat source, because it may lead to algae growth. Add about 5-10 cm thick gravel at the bottom of the tank. Ideally the gravel slope towards the front of the aquarium. Place your decoration items, fit your water filter (use either mechanical, biological, or chemical filter), and then fill the dechlorinated water (preferably at room temperature) in the tank leaving some space on the top. Add a light in the space to see the natural radiation from fishes even at night. Allow your system to operate at least for 24 hours before adding the fish.
One all is settled, you can start adding the fishes gradually, starting with the most active ones over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. Be careful not to over-crowd the aquarium. Feed your fish on a regular period twice a day or alternate days. Fishes do not interact as cats and dogs with humans, but they might respond with a twitch or two when you tap on the aquarium. Fishes like fighter fishes do learn a trick or two with proper training.