Learn Everything You Need to Know About Angelfish

By Stephen J Broy

Angelfish are numbered among of one of the largest families of vertebrates on Earth. The family Cichlidae is made up of over 1,300 classified species in 220 assorted genera. Previously undiscovered species are found and identified every year. It is highly possible that there may be as many as 3,000 species that fall within the scientific classification of this family. This family, more commonly known as cichlids, includes oscars, discus and tilapias. Many sources will indicate that angelfish are indigenous to the Amazon River in Brazil. While this is in fact true, this species is also native to both the Orinoco River and Essequibo River basins. Substantial populations of this species exist throughout Guyana, Venezuela, and Columbia in addition to Brazil.

Angelfish are elegant and lovely creatures. They are an all time favorite among freshwater aquarium owners. Their distinctive appearance unquestionably contributed to their enormous popularity. These fish are available in an array of patterns and colors, from solid silver to banded, marbled, black, golden, or Koi. They are without a doubt the most commonly available fish in department stores and pet shops. They are cheap to buy. Angels are amongst the easiest species to care for.

While angels will not grow anywhere near the size of an oscar or a discus, they are not a small species. You should be conscious of the fact that the angelfish you see in pet shops are typically quite young. They commonly reach six inches in length when fully grown. They can be housed in a rather small aquarium as juveniles. A fully grown angel, however, should not be housed in tank less than 10 gallons in size. A 20 gallon aquarium is preferable.

Angelfish are mild mannered by nature. Angelfish make ideal candidates for a multi-species tank. These fish will, however, look on smaller varieties of fish as a means of nutrition. Avoid mixing them with species such as minnows, zebra danios and guppies. You also do not want to house them with fish such as barbs and tetras. These are notorious fin nippers. An angelfish's long, flowing fins will be perceived as taste treat, prime for consumption.

This is an omnivorous fish. They will eat virtually anything. Any common variety tropical fish flakes will make a suitable staple. Brine shrimp, tubifex worms and blood worms are excellent nutritional supplements and will help maintain your angelfish's fit and vigor.

Angels are endemic to the Amazon River and its tributaries. They are accustomed to water on the acidic side of the pH scale. A pH balance of 6.8 with temperatures ranging between 72-86 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect. If properly cared for your angelfish will live up to 10 years of age.

Unlike a lot of inhabitants of the Amazon River, angels are unlikely to eat their babies. Just the opposite, the proud parents will instinctively stand guard over their eggs until they hatch. After they hatch, the parents will usher their young from plant to plant for the next four or five days. At some undetermined point, the adult's parental instinct will cease. The parents will now view their newborn as a means of nutrition. The parents should be removed from their young. - 29973

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Things To Think About When Buying An Aquarium

By Dustin Williams

There are a few things to consider when you are buying tropical fish tanks. First you have to decide if you want saltwater or freshwater fish. Saltwater fish are a little harder to care for and require more to set up the tank. For this reason, freshwater tropical fish are usually recommended for beginners. Saltwater tanks can take weeks to get ready for fish while a freshwater tank can be fish ready within 24 hours.

Another main concern when buying tropical fish tanks is location. Location is almost as important as deciding the type of fish. There are a lot of rules when it comes to placing an aquarium. For example: Aquariums can't be placed in direct sunlight because that can overheat the water and kill your fish. The tank can't be placed somewhere that has extreme temperature changes, such as in a unfinished basement or unheated garage.

The perfect location would be somewhere out of the immediate walkway, with a level floor and easy access to an electrical outlet. It also needs to be accessible to you for cleaning and redecorating purposes. The reason you want tropical fish tanks in a slightly out of the way area is because of their size. Even a 20 gallon tank can be quite heavy when filled with water, gravel, plants and fish. Being on a level floor helps keep the weight of the water from putting stress on some seals more than others, preventing leaks. Tropical tanks need an electrical outlet mainly for their heater, but most tanks come with a lighted cover that also needs to be plugged in.

Once you have all the information you can get from your house, its time to go to the store and actually pick your tank. There are a few things to keep in mind when picking out tropical fish tanks at the store too. Your main concerns at the store will be shape, size and material of the aquarium.

First the shape. The longer and wider a tank is the larger the surface area of water, which is how oxygen gets into the water for your fish to breath. The size of your aquarium matters too. The larger a tank is, the easier to care for the fish but keep in mind where you want to put it when you get home. Finally material of the aquarium. Most aquariums are made out of glass or acrylic. Glass is easier to care for and therefore recommended for beginners. - 29973

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There's A Lot Of Work With Getting A New Aquarium

By Leonard Boyler

You will discover that the whole purpose of this article is to explain what needs to be done when starting a new aquarium. This can be a rather large undertaking, and so planning out the process in advance could prove to be a wise decision on your part. So in these paragraphs, we will discuss what kind of plans to make to get an aquarium prepared and ready for use.

As was earlier stated, it is quite a process to get the ball rolling on a project like this. You have a lot of options and decisions to make, and it all might logically begin with the decision on what you would like your aquarium to look like. You see, there are different types and styles of aquariums, and so deciding what you want from the beginning, will aid in making decisions throughout. Allow me to go into a little more detail.

So, as was said you have to determine what kind of life you hope to support through the aquarium's use. There are two main types of creatures: freshwater and saltwater. You cannot usually mix the two because you cannot have both fresh and saltwater in the same aquarium. These animals cannot survive outside their required elements. This will affect what other creatures you can choose for your aquarium.

Similar to the choice of either freshwater creatures or saltwater creatures, you have to decide what creatures are actually going into the structure. The importance of this is less about what you find to be attractive, and more about which creatures will be able to co-exist with others, the best. You see, much like any habitat, there are certain types of animals that cannot share space together. So if you don't want fights and dead fish, it is best to take the time to do the research before you buy.

The size of the aquarium is another big decision that you have to make. While this might seem trivial in the bigger picture, this will play a very large role in what you end up having in the water. For instance, if you are wanting to get an aquarium based on one fish, you have to get the size aquarium that best suits that particular species, which might require a larger or smaller tank than you might have otherwise considered.

Setting up the aquarium should not be very difficult, as most of these models will come with easy to read and understand instructions. Basically, the trickiest part will involve the installation and use of the filter. But after you have water flowing through this you are in business. Typically you are asked to run the water through the filter and circulate the water for 24 hours or more before use by aquatic life.

You might also consider purchasing a product like Eco Bio-Block, which is a product that goes into the aquarium itself. This will keep the tank cleaner and healthier as a habitat for your pets, and by keeping the tank clean for close to two years, it will definitely make your job easier as well. This will keep you from tricky cleaning jobs where you have to figure out where to put your fish in the meantime.

So now, you should have a better idea about the process of starting a new aquarium. While it might be a rather large undertaking, if you plan it all out in advance, you will find that the whole thing can run a lot smoother. - 29973

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A Simple Guide To Aquarium Filtration Choices

By Dustin Williams

An aquarium can add beauty and interest to a room and collecting sea life for it is often a fascinating hobby. However, it is important to understand some basics in order to create a healthy environment for fish. One of the most important decisions is which Aquarium Filtration system will be used.

Filters remove toxins and chemicals from the water. They can also be decorative and help create an attractive effect. An ideal system will provide biological, chemical, and mechanical filtering. There are several types of systems to choose from, depending on individual needs.

Aquarium filtration systems come in three basic types. Each has its benefits, and all of them do a good job. Canister filters hang outside the tank, They can clean the tank for long periods of time without maintenance and are a good choice for people with little time to clean tanks. Power filters also hang outside of the aquarium, do an effective ob of filtering, and are less expensive than canister filters. This has made them very popular. Another option is undergravel filtration, which is also an attractive choice. The system can be combined with colorful gravel to create a beautiful effect.

Your choice of filters also depends on future plans for expansion and what type of fish will live in the aquarium. You may not need a powerful canister filter for your first small tank but it still might be wise to buy an Aquarium Filtration system which will support any size setup. This would allow you to increase your tank size in the future without replacing the filtering system. It is also a good idea to consider the type of fish which will be living in the aquarium. For instance, if you plan to have baby fish, you might not want to use a power system, since these can suck small fish into them. A canister filter would be a better choice, although it is more expensive.. If you prefer the decorative undergravel system but want to make sure you are getting the best filtration, a powerhead can be added to the setup.

Whatever size or type of aquarium you choose, there is an Aquarium Filtration system which will fit your budget and ensure a long, healthy life for your fish. - 29973

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Tropical Fish Tank Set Up For Newbies

By James Conley

So you want to set up a fish tank, well the first thing that I will tell you is that you have to be patient and should not jump right into putting fish in your tank. In this article I will be explaining all of the steps to setting up a fish tank for tropical fish only.

You will first need to find out what kind of fish that you want to keep in the tank. This will help you decide how big of an aquarium that you will need. Do some research, especially look into how big the fish will grow, you do not want your fish to outgrow the fish tank.

Some of the things you will need to set up a tropical fish tank will consist of the aquarium itself, a stand for the aquarium, filter pump, heater pump, thermometer, water conditioner, bacteria supplement. Some other additional options you can add to your fish tank would be a lamp, decorations and wall paper for the back of the fish tank.

Once you have all of the necessary items to set up the fish tank find spot in your home where you will be keeping it. Make sure it is not somewhere that is going to be in the way, and that it is not blocking anything you might need to get to later.

The next thing that I would do is make sure that there are no leaks in the fish tank. Fill up the tank with water to the top, and just let it sit there for about a day, more if you want. Once that day is up check the surrounding area for any signs of water, once you know your tank is not leaking you can empty it.

While you are leak testing your aquarium you can start filling up jugs of tap water. Mix the tap water with water conditioner as fish do not like plain tap water. I also add bacteria supplement to the water also. Make sure you follow the directions on the water conditioner bottle exactly.

Next you can start setting up the interior of the tank with decorations and gravel while the tank is still empty. It is very critical that you was anything that you put into the tank very well, even if it is brand new. There will still be dust and dirt on the gravel so make sure that it is rinsed with water before putting it into your aquarium.

Once you have it decorated set up the rest of the equipment, the filter pump, the heater, overhead light, etc. Start adding all of the pre-treated water into the tank, once you have it to the top turn on your filter pump and heater. Let the water cycle for about a week before adding fish, make sure the water temperature supports the fish you want.

Let the fish tank cycle the water for at least one week. After that one week you can add a couple of fish to get the tanks ecosystem in action, but do not add anymore fish for at least 5 weeks. Be patient and your fish will be healthy and live for a long time. - 29973

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Discus Fish Tanks and Care

By Mark Discus

If you have ever seen a Discus fish, you know they are extremely beautiful, making them a very popular choice for aquariums. Discus fish come in many various sizes, colors, and shapes. Originally, the Discus fish can be found in the Amazon basin located in South America. Due to the climate of the water and other living conditions, it is very difficult to keep aquarium conditions close to that of the Discus' natural habitat; therefore they require a lot of maintenance and work.

Before buying a Discus fish (or any fish for that matter) you want to make sure it is healthy. You can tell a healthy Discus fish by just looking at it; it should be generally active and rushing about and it should have a round shape without any deformities or visible wounds.

If you buy a Discus, before you place him into a new tank, you must first prepare the tank appropriately. Ideally, Discus fish tanks should not house any other species of fish. Furthermore, you need to have large substrate filters with the capability of running 1000 to 1200 liters of water per hour. Also regarding the ware, it must stay warm! Discus fish need water between 28 and 30 degrees centigrade.

If you are planning to purchase a Discus fish, you should first ask what it is being fed. The reason behind this is the nature of the fish; they are generally shy and will feed better in the new environment of their Discus fish tank if they are fed familiar food. Feel free to change the type of food you are using after they have had a chance to get accustomed to their new surroundings; new varieties will not hurt your Discus fish.

Adult fish are actually healthier if they receive different types of food. Since they are carnivorous, they need a good quality flake or pellet, which should be supplemented with live or frozen food, such as blood worms, brine shrimp, or beef heart. Growing fish need to be fed four to five times per day, while adult Discus fish only need to be fed twice a day.

Lastly and possibly most importantly, customers want to know how much Discus fish will cost. Smaller fish range anywhere from $25 to $30 per hour, while larger fish are approximately $150. Rare varieties can be priced upwards of up to $400. They are well worth the money though; Discus fish can live up to the age of 15 years! - 29973

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Popular Fishes In The Marine Tank Hobby

By Gabriela Desouyez

There are a wide range of fish available to the marine tank enthusiasts. The species of fishes available are too numerous to mention plus they come in a great variety of colors and sizes. However, there are a number of specimens that conitnually sell well regardless of season. This is a guide of the most recognizable marine ornamental fish in the trade.

Amphiprion percula and amphiprion ocellaris come in at the top spot. These fishes are perhaps the most recognizable of all marine fishes. They have even been depicted on the big screen as the star of the hit animated feature, Finding Nemo. However, to most marine hobbyists they are simply identified as the false percula as well as the true percula.

Both species have differing number of dorsal spines . The cheapest species between the two is amphiprion ocellaris. Amphiprion Percula regularly are a bit pricier in addition to not quite as common. Both of them do well in captivity plus are a top option for beginners to the hobby.

Next, we have the Yellow tang and Blue Tangs. Both tangs are usually seen on marine products plus posters. The blue tang also had some air time on the animated movie, Finding Movie. Dory, the clumsy blue fishes in the movie was a blue tang. Because blue tangs are imported in vast numbers along with are somewhat cheaper than their cousins, the yellow tang.

Make sure they are treated for any parasites before introducing them to your tank as well as they will turn out to be great specimens. Like all surgeonfish, they are susceptible to saltwater ich in addition to lateral line disease. Give them a good mix of veggies plus meat to make certain a balanced diet.

Four members of the Pomacanthidae family are depicted here as well. They are the gorgeous Emperor angelfish, the all beautiful flame angelfish, the queen angelfish as well as the french angelfish. These four always get good demand from the marine community. They also make up the most costly fishes in the list. Excluding the flame angelfish, the rest can go for some hundred particularly if they are large in addition to in top condition.

The centropyge Flame angel is by far the cheapest of the angels. They are the most recognizable along with popular member of the genus centropyge. They should be fed a well rounded diet that includes seafood as well as seaweed along with algae. They can nip along with consume a variety of corals in addition to clams so stay away from putting them in aquariums full of corals. - 29973

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