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5 Steps to Setting up your First Aquarium

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Most fish tanks now come complete with everything you need to start off a beautiful aquarium. Many come complete with a filter, lighting and a heater plus other accessories which save money and time. There is a huge range of high quality aquariums from major manufacturers, all packed with features. Decide upon the tank, there are many available at 10 or 20 liters in size, that house a few fish. They are perfect for those without much space, or for a beginner. However if you plan on a large fish stock or you want a big tank, there are plenty available.

 1.    Once you have chosen a tank, decide where to put it.

Make sure that the unit it sits on can take the weight of the full tank. Also, take care not to place it in direct sunlight or over a radiator, to avoid too much light and warmth. Most tanks come complete with lighting.

A cold water aquarium just needs light for viewing and for fish health; they generally need around 7-10 hours a day. Tropical fish benefit from specialized lighting that enhances their beautiful colors.

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A Guide to Fancy Goldfish Care

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Goldfish are members of the carp family, and have been bred for over a thousand years. Along with common types such as comets and shubunkins, there are several different varieties of fancy goldfish sporting unique characteristics such as double tail-fins, egg-shaped bodies and telescoping eyes.

Some of the different types of fancy goldfish include fantails, lion-heads, black moors, red capped orandas, ranchus, bubble eyes, celestials, pearlscales, and many more.

Fancy goldfish have different needs and require different kinds of care than common goldfish. Keep in mind that different varieties may need different care than others. What follows is a basic guide for caring for fancy goldfish.

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Caring for Your New Betta Fish

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Bettas are the perfect beginner fish. They take up very little room, don't need a lot of care, and will swim to the side of the bowl every time they see you, begging for more food and attention.

All About Bettas

Bettas (Betta splendens) are also known as Siamese fighting fish. They are native to Southwestern Asia, where farmers found them living in rice paddies and began to raise them for their colors and their fighting ability. At one point, men would even wager money on fights between bettas, but thanks to new laws and people who are more educated, such an act would be considered animal cruelty.

Male bettas have bright colors and long, flowing fins to attract females. However, they are highly aggressive toward other males (so aggressive that they will often attack anything that resembles another betta fish). Many will even attack their own reflections...

When a male betta is threatened or spots another fish, it will flare out its gill covers, which is called opercular flaring. They will also spread out their dorsal and tail fins, making them look larger and more threatening. Then, the betta will beat its fins rapidly and charge towards the other fish.

This is why it's important to keep them in a tank by themselves.

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Aquatic Quotes

  • "I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs."
    Joseph Addison
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Fish Facts

  • Which type of fish can walk on land? The climbing perch. This amazing fish, native to India, can walk on land in search of water when its water hole dries up.
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