Stocking Fresh Water Fish Tanks
How many fish?
Resist fully stocking your tank in a single go, even if your tank has completed its nitrogen cycle and the beneficial bacteria in the aquarium are established. Only add a maximum of two fish per week. The tank's ecosystem will need to adjust to the increased waste produced by the new inhabitants. Consider starting off with hardy species such as Zebra Danios or White Clouds, and then moving on to Cherry or Tiger Barbs.
Stock Your Aquarium's Space Evenly
When choosing fish for your aquarium, select fish that occupy different levels in the tank. By doing that, you will ensure that the fish won't need to compete for space. The reward is a visually appealing aquarium, evenly filled with all sorts of different fish.
- Top Level Fish: Fish that live at the top level of the aquarium will add interest to an otherwise undecorated, bare space in the tank. Top dwelling fish generally have upturned mouths, designed for feeding at the water's surface. Some species of top dwelling fish, such as Hatchetfish and Betta, are strong jumpers. If your tank contains jumpers, replace the lid immediately after feeding and maintenance.
- Middle Level Fish: The middle level of the aquarium could be the most striking. Stock this level with a mixture of schooling fish and larger colorful fish, such as different varieties of Angels, Rainbows, Gouramis and Goldfish.
- Bottom Dwelling Fish: Bottom dwellers, like Cory and Catfish, have down-turned mouths, enabling them to feed on those morsels of food that fall to the bottom of the tank. Bottom level fish help keep the substrate clean as they scour the bottom for food. Offer fast-sinking foods at feeding times to ensure that these fish get their fair share.
The diverse characters and temperaments of fish result in some species getting along well with certain types of fish and not at all with others. You need to do some research on the compatibility of fish at the various levels before stocking your aquarium. These two links: http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/freshwater_compatibility_tool.php and http://www.ratemyfishtank.com/freshwater_compatibility_chart.php have extensive compatibility charts on the different fish, which will come in very useful when making your decision.
Besides checking the compatibility between different species of fish, you also need to look into how the different fish will react to the accessories and the plants you want to add to the aquarium. Your aquarium plants could be nibbled away in no time at all if you put them in a tank containing Silver Dollars or worse still, you could find them completely uprooted by your Goldfish or Oscars. The solution is choosing plants to suit your fish or opt for artificial ones instead.
A successful freshwater aquarium is a properly planned aquarium. Consider the time you spend calculating, resolving compatibility issues and researching, an investment. Planning saves you money and effort in the long term, and ensures the lasting enjoyment you initially set out to achieve.
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