Owning an aquarium has always been a must for me since I was Standard 1. I just feel that watching the fishes in the aquarium is some kind of therapy for me to ease my stress. Almost all of the time, I can just sit still and watch the fishes swim in the aquarium. Call me crazy but I find peace in my own way having a nice aaquarium and selected fishes that interests me from time to time.
I'm thinking of changing the looks and concept of my small aquarium. It's been almost a year that I have an aquarium that looks like this. After my visit to TV3 some time ago, I am somehow interested in the design of their aquarium. So I guess it’s high time for me to change the fishes as well as the landscape of the aquarium.
Questions to ask when choosing fish:
The correct way to set up a new tank (after you are sure a fish tank is right for you) is to first research and decide what type of fish you would like to have in the tank. There are over 25,000 identified species of fish and over 2,000 of these are available to the aquarist. To help narrow down your list of desirable fish you need to consider all of the following questions about the potential candidates:
• How big is the fish going to get?
• If the fish gets large will it prey on or frighten smaller fish in the tank?
• Is the fish too small to fit in with the other fish in the tank?
• Is the fish territorial and will it require a large space of its own?
• Does the fish eat other fish? Many tropical fish do.
• Does it nip the fins of other fish?
• Is it aggressive or is it too shy and nervous to live with certain other species?
• Does it eat live plants?
• Does it dig in the bottom of the tank?
• What kind of water does it require (PH, hardness, temperature, etc.)?
• Is it available where you live?
• What does it cost?
• Is it raised domestically or taken out of the wild?
• Does this particular fish need to live in groups or prefer to live alone?
Once you have decided what fish you would like to have in your tank, then the rest of the decisions will fall into place much easier. One of the most important steps to take is to build the aquarium around the chosen fish species not the other way around. You will be much more successful and have healthier fish if you build your aquarium around the needs of the fish rather than around your desire to have an attractive tank. If you create an aquarium where the needs of the individual fish in the tank are placed first it will be both healthy and beautiful.
The type, size and location of the tank will be tailored to best suit the species of fish you choose. The filtering and heating choices will be based on the type of fish you choose. The plants, lighting, food source, substrate choice will all be tailored to provide the healthiest and most natural environment for your fish species.
Now, what fish to choose?? I'll visit the aquarium shop tomorrow and buy the fish of my choice now, Red Parrot/ Blood Parrot fish.