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Aquariums - Buying Healthy Fish For Your Aquarium

February 28, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

Introduction

Your aquarium is up and running, the nitrogen cycle is complete, the chemistry is right and you are ready to start stocking your aquarium with fish.But how do you select ones that are not ill?

Healthy Fish

It is important that you bring home healthy fish to put in your aquarium.Unhealthy ones will not last long and worst case; they could infect the other ones in your aquarium.

I go on aquarium forums and read posts by distraught aquarium owners who bring fish home, only to have them die days or weeks later. So bringing home healthy ones is important and you can do that if you know what to look for.

But spotting unhealthy fish is difficult.It is not like you can take their temperature or see their running noses, but there are some traits you can look for to spot those that are in stress or generally unhealthy.

Healthy Traits

Here are some traits to look for in healthy fish:

Store - If you go to your local pet store chances are you will know about fish than the clerk since they sell all sorts of animals.Select a store that specializes in selling aquariums and fishes.Clerks in these stores are knowledgeable about fish and can spot sick fish, isolate them and not sell them to you. Physical Appearance - The physical appearanceof your potential fish is important.It should have strong color, fins that are strong and without any tears.Avoid fish that have bumps or appear discolored. Respiration - The respiration of the fish should not be heavy.Compare the breathing to other ones and it should be about the same.Heavy breathing means the fish is in stress that could lead to sickness and death. Active - Look for those that are active in the aquarium and interacting with the other fish around it.An active fish in the store will mean you will have an active fish in your aquarium.

By looking for fish with these traits will help ensure you have healthy fish that will be with you for years.

Conclusion

Bringing home healthy fish is important so that you do not infect the other fish in your tank.Plus they will give you company for many years.The traits of healthy fish are that they have a good physical appearance, good respiration and are active.Plus you increase your chances of having a healthy fish by buying at a store that specializes in selling aquariums and fish.

J.W. Chase has been keeping a 75-gallon aquarium with several different fish species. He has extensive knowledge of how to maintain an aquarium keeping all his fish healthy and smiling. His web site has information on keeping aquariums and your fish happy. If you want more information on how to keep an aquarium go to his site http://www.squidoo.com/homefreshwateraquariums.

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