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Picking the Right Fish Tank

February 13th, 2012 Pets

Are you interested in bringing a few little fish home? If so, there are a few things you'll need to do before you can bring your water-bound buddies home. Don't think that a small bowl is enough to keep your fish happy. Imagine how you would feel being cooped up in a tiny space like that! The Humane Society notes that first-time fish owners should opt for a bigger tank than they think is needed. Twenty gallons is a good amount to start with. Not only will your fish be happier, but you'll actually have an easier time cleaning it than you would a smaller bowl. Here are some things to keep in mind when making a selection.

The source recommends setting up your tank at least a week before you actually put fish inside. Fill it with clean tap water and check the pH using a kit found at most pet stores. Ideally, a balanced pH of about seven is perfect for most fish. Let the tank sit for seven days - this gives impurities in the water the chance to dissipate.

Live Aquaria also points out that the tank's physical location is important as well. You should create an invisible "bubble" around the tank so that you have enough empty space to move through as you perform maintenance. If it's right up against a wall and next to a bookshelf, you'll have a tough time doing the work that needs to be done from time to time.

Try to keep the tank away from heating vents and air conditioners - these can have a significant impact on the temperature of the water, which could have negative effects on the fish inside.