Fish Bill of Rights

Albany Aquarium Staff (June 2004)

Get a good book from our selection to learn the individual requirements of each particular species, but here are some excellent guidelines to follow:
  1. A properly maintained filter of adequate size will aid in providing the clean, oxygenated water your fish require. Every aquarium setup and load is different so ask us about the suitability of your filter for your tank. Live plants also definitely help provide oxygen and use up waste materials in a healthy aquarium. Also as a general rule, doing weekly 25% water changes will ensure that conditions in your tank stay optimal for the health of your fish.
  2. pH: Almost all fish will be perfectly happy witha pH of 6.8-7.0 African cichlids require a higher pH of 7.8-8.2 A stable pH is vitally important and may be more important than the absolute value.

    Temperature: Almost all tropical fish are happiest at temperatures between 76-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Goldfish prefer temperatures between 50-70 degrees. Again stability is paramount. Avoid wild swings that might occur near a window or under bright sun. Purchasing a quality heater will prevent temperatures from dropping below acceptable levels.

  3. Good nutrition depends much on each individual fish. As a rule, almost all fish will thrive when fed Spectrum, the revolutionary, all natural, non-hormone, color- and health- enhancing pellet food that we feed our own fish. Predatory fish may only eat live foods. Feed only what the fish will consume in a few minutes a couple of times a day because excess feeding will only serve to foul the aquarium. Variety in the diet such as adding frozen and live foods may enhance coloration and encourage natural behaviors such as breeding.
  4. Natural plants and aquascapes provide the ultimate stress-free environment for our fish. This most closely replicates their natural homes and provides ample hiding spots from other fish or some cover from the lights. Plants help us recycle fish waste and produce healthy bacteria-killing oxygen as a byproduct. Ask us which are the best plants for your tank and how best to grow them. As the leader in aquatic plants, we have an assortment for every need.

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