Tanks can hold 1" of fish per gallon of water, so a tank that is 60 gallons would have room for 60" of fish. Realistically those who own a tropical tank would never want to have that many fish. Fish that are large will shift more water and have more waste than a fish with a smaller body. In addition to this, a healthy tank will have gravel, equipment, plants and decoration. This will also reduce the amount of fish that is safe to add into a new tank.
A tropical fish tank should not be fully stocked at once. When the tank is tested for bacteria and nitrogen safety, then the tank is ready for occupants. However, only two fish each week should be added. New inhabitants into a tank change the tank`s environment. When first starting a tank, consider species that are resilient such as White Clouds and then introduce species like Tiger Barbs. Consider stocking species that enjoy different parts of a tank, this will lead to a tank that is more appealing to watch. Certain breeds like to swim near the top of a tank; these include Betta`s and Hatchet fish. Fish that prefer the bottom of a tank are Catfish or Cory`s and fish that generally swim in the middle of a tank are Angels, Goldfish and Rainbows. Fish that prefer the middle of the aquarium are usually the prettiest.
Choosing to have an aquarium of beautiful fish in your home is quite a popular hobby for many people these days. The wonderful thing about having an aquarium is that the fish give so much back to you when you care for them properly. They even offer companionship as well as the opportunity to just sit and relax while gazing at the antics of these mesmerizing creatures. In fact, aquarium fish are the perfect pets to have for people that lead lives too busy to care for dogs, cats or other like pets. In addition, once you have everything set up, you don`t have to put in a lot of time, money or effort in maintaining them.
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