Tropical Fish

November 13, 2008 by  
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Tropical fish?

Ive owned tropical fish for a number of years now, having had no problems. last weekend i emptied the tank and moved the fish to a temporary tank and gave the existing tank a blimin good clean.
I filled the tank up, and allowed the tank to warm to the correct temperature. My usual procedure is then to test the water to check for copper ect, which came back fine.
My poor fish apart from 3 have died. whats gone wrong?
In the years i have done this its never happnened!!!
My only theory to why its happened is i introdued some new fish to the tank a few days earlier. Would they have maybe had a disease and spread it on to my healthy fish?

Thanks in advance.

You probably cleaned your tank too well. It sounds odd, but the fish need to have some of the bacteria in the tank to survive. The fish produce ammonia as part of their wastes, and this is toxic to them in fairly low concentrations. Bacteria use the ammonia as a food source, and convert it to nitrite (which is also toxic to fish) and other bacteria convert the nitrite to nitrate, which your fish can handle in moderate amounts.

When you cleaned the tank, you removed all the bacteria, so now those wastes are building up (plus you added more fish and more wastes). Eventually, your bacteria will build up again, but in the meantime, you may need to do a few more partial water changes to remove the ammonia and nitrite that the bacteria you do have can't process. If you have a test kit, use that to monitor the concentrations of ammonia and nitrite so you know when a water change is needed. Don't add any more fish until the ammonia and nitrite aren't detectable for at least a week. In the meantime, don't be surprised if you notice your tank water getting cloudy - this is a side effect of the bacteria loss/cycling. It should go away within 2-6 weeks.

You also get this happening when you set up a new tank, or when you use medication that destroys your tank bacteria.

I'll put some info with more details for you below.

The Secrets Behind Tropical Fish Food

Feeding your tropical fish the right tropical fish food is essential to ensuring their survival. Feed some species of fish the wrong food and they won't eat it. Some species will simply starve if they're not interested in the food you give them, whilst other species, such as those that are carnivores, may even eat smaller fish! So ensuring that your fish receive the right tropical fish food is important.

Now the first step to remember with tropical fish food is that quantity is just as important as the quality of the product you're giving. Give your pet tropical fish too much tropical fish food, even if it's good, and you'll notice your tank will begin to gain slime and the quality of your water will become bad. This can lead to further problems such as constant tank cleaning, and general poor health of your tropical fish.

So how do you circumvent the potential problems of feeding your tropical fish the wrong tropical fish food? Quite simply by feeding the species of your tropical fish with the correct food for that species. If your species needs a certain vitamin in particular, then put food containing that vitamin in your fish tank. If your species needs a certain quantity of a fish food more than a smaller tropical fish species, then make sure to give them more fish food. Once again, the quality and the quantity of your fish food are both important for your pet tropical fish.

Defecencies in the essential vitamins for your tropical fish can lead to unhealthyness within your fish. It is not uncummon for poorly fed tropical fish to show elements of depression, lose of appetite, and may even cause certain fish diseases. All of these things would be very sad indeed, and could be prevented if only you had used the correct tropical fish food to begin with.

So remember, that your tropical fish are beautiful and unique, and deserve the best tropical fish food possible. For this reason, make sure to research the species of tropical fish that you wish to maintain, and if you have multiple species within your tank, try and find fish food that all species can enjoy. Last but not least, ensure that you clean your tank frequently so that excess food scraps don't begin to rot and dirty your fish tank.

So to sum it up, remember that both quantity and the quality of your tropical fish food are important to ensuring the health of your fish, to ensuring they live the happiest and most fulfilling lives possible. A happy and healthy tropical fish means that you can observe the beauty of a living organism that you've nurtured and maintained. All of your friends will be amazed by the beuaty of your tropical fish, and all this will be as a result of the tropical fish food you've fed them.

About the Author

John Hubert is an avid researcher of tropical fish and maintains a lens on Tropical Fish Food. You may also check out the ebook on Caring For Your Tropical Fish.


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