Category: Fish (Page 1 of 3)

Best Items for Beginner Fish Keepers

Looking for a gift that will last long after the holidays? Consider colorful fish – they bring comfort and delight and are perfect for most any living situation. Tanks come in a variety of sizes and fish add fun and activity to any room! Fish are also great for kids and adults alike.

If you’re new to the world of fish and fish tanks, you might be overwhelmed at all of the choices. We can help you narrow them down and choose the best items for beginners.

Start with fish that are hardy, easy to take care of, and small. Usually, small fish are easier to care for than larger fish. You also have a better chance of getting small fish to co-exist with one another, especially if you want to have a community tank with numerous amounts of fish. You’ll also need to decide whether you’ll have a cold water or warm water tank. While some cold water fish can be mixed with warm water fish, this isn’t ideal—this can cause stress for your fish.

Cold water fish:

  • Goldfish: Probably the most popular cold water fish bought today. They’re not picky eaters, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Their ideal water temperature is between 62-74 degrees (F). They produce a lot of waste though, so you’ll need to do a weekly water change.
  • Bloodfin Tetras: these extremely hardy fish are small with silver bodies and striking red fins. They are active and peaceful and prefer to live in a group. Their ideal water temperature is 64-82 degrees (F).

For heated tanks:

  • Danios: these small fish are hardy and do well in a variety of conditions. They are active and small and prefer to be in a group near the surface of the water. They do well with flake fish food and are not picky eaters.
  • Black Molly: another peaceful fish that does well in groups. They can adapt to fresh, brackish and even salt water, with their ideal range between 70-82 degrees (F). One thing to be aware of—if you have a male and female, you could end up with babies.
  • Black Skirt Tetra: does best in a pair or a large group. They’re great eaters and will eat almost any type of food. They’re a peaceful fish who prefer to swim in the middle of the tank and prefer to have rocks, plants or other hiding places.

Essentials Fish Foods:

Now available at Pet Supermarket! New Essentials Fish Foods are available in 5 varieties – Goldfish Flakes, Tropical Flakes, Color Flakes, Betta Bites, and Algae Grazers. These wholesome foods have been formulated to provide proper nutrition and promote consistent growth, all while not clouding your water. Essentials Fish Foods are a great value as well. Find them at your nearest Pet Supermarket.

Aquarium Kits:

Aquarium kits make a great gift and are perfect for beginners! They come with all of the basics: lighting, filtration, heater, and thermometer – just add decorations, fish, and water! Complete aquarium kits are available in four sizes: 10 gallon, 20 gallon, 29 gallon, or 55 gallon.

Choosing Your Betta

It’s important to know what to look for when choosing your Betta fish. Here are a few basic guidelines and some factors to consider.

Color
Bettas come in many colors and types. Dark colors—blue and red—are the most common, but you might find some unique colors as well. A healthy Betta is brightly colored with no apparent discoloration, though stress can sometimes cause a Betta to temporarily lose some vibrancy in their color. Once you bring your Betta home and it has acclimated to its new surroundings, the color should return to full strength.

Receptiveness
Bettas can be very social with their owners. When you approach, do they swim around? Or do they back up and sulk at the bottom? Do not tap at the container, as this will agitate them and cause them stress. Gently put your finger on its container and slowly move it around. The more social the Betta, the more it will play along and follow your finger. However, if the Betta seems calm, that’s not a bad thing. They can sometimes be tired and resting.

Health
Purchasing an unhealthy Betta can be disastrous. These fragile fish do not recover easily from malnourishment or maltreatment. Choose a Betta whose fins are in good condition and are not torn or damaged. Check for lumps—a healthy Betta has scales that are flat and smooth. They should have clear eyes, flat and smooth gills, and be shiny in appearance.

How Do Fish Float?

How do fish float?

Fish can provide countless hours of entertainment and relaxation for their owners just by doing something that comes very naturally to them: swimming.

They live in a three-dimensional environment that requires them to move not just forward, backward and side to side, but up and down as well. But how are they actually able to do this?

For an object to float in water, it requires air or anything lighter than water. Fish are able to float because they have an air-filled space in their body-called a swim bladder-that makes them lighter than water. However, a fish doesn’t always want to be at the top of the water, so for this reason, fish need to be able to control their swim bladder. If the fish wants to go deeper, it releases gas. If it wants to float higher, it takes more gas into the swim bladder.

There are two main types of swim bladders, while some fish, like tuna, have no swim bladder at all. That means these fish can’t float; they always swim near the bottom. The two main types are:

  • Fish that have a connection from their esophagus to the swim bladder-they swallow air to inflate their swim bladders
  • Fish with an extensive system of tiny blood vessels in the walls of the swim bladder-the vessels regulate the amount of gas within the swim bladder

Some fish, like pet goldfish, may have trouble regulating their swim bladders. They are part of the first type, whose esophagus is connected to their swim bladder. Due to human feeding techniques, it is common for their esophagus to become clogged. We feed them dry foods that expand as they get wet, which can block the duct when swallowed by the fish. When they can’t inflate or deflate their swim bladder, it will cause them to become stuck and unable to swim to the top or bottom. While there are other reasons that a fish might float, like viruses, bacteria or diet, a clogged esophagus is the most common and is easily preventable.

There are three key things you do that will help prevent your fish from having trouble floating due to a swim bladder problem:

  • Keep the tank’s water at a high quality
  • Pre-soak food
  • Change to a gel-based food

These tips will also help your fish stay healthier overall.

Fish Feeding Tips You Should Know

Fish feeding tips you should know.

Aside from managing a tank’s water quality, proper fish feeding is one of the most important responsibilities of a fish owner. To keep your fish in optimal health, here are some valuable tips…

How Much Should You Feed Your Fish?
Fish are opportunistic feeders. This means they eat as much as they can whenever they have access to food. With that in mind, a good rule is to feed your fish what they can eat in two to three minutes, twice a day. Of course, the number and size of your fish is going to affect the amount you’ll need. Just be sure they eat all of the food in that time. If they leave food uneaten, feed them less next time.

Food Ingredients
So, what is the best type of food to feed your fish? Quality fish food offers a good balance of nutrients. Common ingredients include:

  • Whole Fish/Fish Meal – If you have carnivorous fish in your tank, these ingredients are highly nutritious for them as they’re loaded with protein and Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Wheat Germ Meal – Wheat germ contains bran, as well as germs of the wheat berry. It’s easy to digest and is a good source of plant protein, but it shouldn’t be the primary ingredient of your fish’s diet.
  • Vitamins Look for sources of vitamin C, A, E, and B-complex, such as Biotin. Quality ingredients, such as Spirulina, Kelp, Spinach, and vegetable extract will provide many of these vitamins.

Types of Fish Food
There are several types of fish food available, including:

  • Flakes – Flake food is very easy to use and is the staple of a nutritious diet for surface-feeding fish and most omnivores.
  • Pellets – Pellets are also easy to use and store. Because they sink to the bottom, they’re great for bottom-feeding fish as well.
  • Wafers or Crisps – Often containing algae and other ingredients, these are good for herbivores and can also be used as supplements or for variety.

We’re here to help. Visit your Pet Supermarket for all your fish needs.

How to Avoid Overfeeding Your Fish

It can be easy to overfeed aquarium fish. Aside from watching them, your most common interaction with your fish is at feeding time. So the next time you feed these silent, beautiful creatures, keep a few things in mind…

Fish will always seem hungry, but like other pets, can get overweight if they eat too much.

Feed your fish once a day or give them smaller meals two to three times a day, but stay consistent.

The top rule of thumb is to make sure your fish eat all of the food you give them in one to two minutes. When you drop food into the aquarium, count the time and watch to see how much is eaten and how much food falls to the bottom. If too much is left over, feed them less next time.

Be sure there isn’t too much excess food left in your tank. It can decay and affect water quality (and the health of your fish) in the long run.

Visit your Pet Supermarket store for all you fish care needs.

Tips for Keeping a Fish Tank

As a hobby, fish keeping is relaxing and rewarding. But if you’re just starting out, it’s best to start small. Begin your new hobby with a small aquarium of 30 gallons or less in size. This will allow you to learn proper fish care. You can later transfer your knowledge to a larger tank.

How do you take care of a small aquarium? Here are some tips that will help you create a healthy fish environment.

Start with a Kit
Aquarium kits are a great choice for beginners because most come with filtration, lighting and heating systems included. Just add gravel and decorations, which you can get with the help of an associate in your local store.

Pick an Appropriate Space
Although your aquarium may look magnificent on a table behind your sofa, this may not be the best location. Remember, even a small, 12-gallon aquarium will weigh more than 120 pounds when filled. Instead, choose a stand designed to accommodate the weight of a tank, as well as the humidity it will produce.

Select a Theme for Fish, Plants
It will be easier to keep your habitat healthy if you pick a theme. This will guide you in getting species and plants that come from the same region. For example, you might choose a fresh water river theme, with fish that are native to the Amazon region, such as tetras, guppies, angelfish or plecos.

Don’t Overpopulate
You may be tempted to get a number of fish, but when they grow, you’ll be left with a crowded tank. Overpopulating makes it difficult to keep the water quality at a viable level. Start with a small amount of fish and introduce two or three new ones over the span of several weeks or months. Over time, small species should make up the bulk of your aquarium’s inhabitants, with one or two larger feature fish and a small group of bottom cleaners.

Monitor Closely & Test Weekly
Small tanks see rapid changes in water quality. This means frequent monitoring and testing is crucial for success. Test strips can give you an easy “dip and read” method to ensure water levels are within a certain range. If there are signs of potential problems, use a more accurate test kit. Also, watch the behavior of your fish for signs of distress or sickness.

Refresh with Partial Water Changes
One of the best ways to maintain high water quality is by changing 10% to 20% of the water once a week. Learn how to do it properly to minimize stress for your fish.

Resolve Problems Quickly
In a small tank, the smallest problem can affect you entire aquarium. If you see any signs of concern, from high nitrate levels to erratic behavior, respond quickly. Waiting even one day may affect the health of your entire fish community.

Feel free to ask any associate at your local Pet Supermarket for help.

Signs of a Sick Fish

Fish feeding tips you should know.Do you love watching your fish? While you watch, take a few minutes to pay close attention. Your fish can get sick like any other pet. In fact, there are some illnesses that are pretty common among fish. But it’s up to you to catch the signs of these illnesses and take action.

Here are common diseases and their signs:

  • Ick: Signs include salt- or sand-like grains on the skin, clamped fins and gasping at the surface of the water.
  • Fungus: Gray or white growth on the skin that resembles cotton.
  • Lice: Red spots, restlessness and rubbing against the aquarium or other objects.
  • Anchor Worms: Scratching against objects, the appearance of whitish-green threads on the skin and inflammation.
  • Body Flukes: Scratching against hard surfaces, a layer of mucus covering the body, rapid-moving gills and skin that appears reddish in color.
  • Clamped Fin: Listless behavior and fins that are folded flat against the body.
  • Dropsy: Caused by a bacterial infection in the kidneys, signs include protruding scales and bloating.

Certain symptoms are sure indicators a fish is sick. If you notice any of the following, it’s best to seek treatment…

  • Bloating
  • Not eating
  • Acting lethargic or disoriented and swimming upside down
  • Gills that are discolored or inflamed
  • Spots on the body that are white or gray in color
  • Bulging of one or both eyes
  • Rubbing against hard surfaces in the aquarium
  • Staying away from other fish, particularly if it’s a schooling fish
  • Troubled breathing, including gasping at the water’s surface
  • Skin lesions, inflammation and/or sores on the body
  • Any change in appearance, such as a crooked back or droopy fins

If your fish seems ill, seek treatment as quickly as possible. Treatments can range from changing the chemistry of the tank to a variety of remedies. For help, consult your Pet Supermarket sales associate.

What to Do When Fish Get Too Big

Part of the fun of keeping an aquarium is building and watching a vibrant fish community… unless your fish outgrow their tank. Just as puppies grow into large dogs, fish can grow in size as they age. What was once a small Pleco, for example, might grow to 12 or more inches, depending on the species.

What to do then? Here are some tips…

An ounce of prevention…
We hope you’ve heard Ben Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When adding new fish, it’s very important to think ahead. Research the species, learn about its potential for growth and decide if it’s compatible with your tank. Plan on having 1 gallon of water for each inch of fish (based on their size in maturity).

Upgrade to a bigger home
If your fish are already on their way to outgrowing their home, consider upgrading your tank. It’s truly the best option for overgrown fish. In a too small tank, they’re sure to develop health problems and other issues, including more aggressive behavior with tank mates. Consider a larger tank as an investment that will provide a beautiful, healthy home for your finned friends. It will also be easier to maintain, as large tanks are less likely to have temperature fluctuations.

Other options
If it’s not possible to get a bigger tank, you may have to consider selling or giving away your fish to another aquarist. Another option is to build an outdoor pond to house large fish, depending on the species and your location, Above all, do NOT release your fish into a local lake, canal or waterway. Just one or two fish can have a very real impact in your local area. Non-native fish can harm native populations by introducing parasites, preying on native fish or depleting their food sources.

With careful choices, you can enjoy your fish aquarium for many healthy years. For help choosing your fish, ask a store associate at Pet Supermarket.

Your Guide to Keeping a Small Fish Tank

Don’t let a small space keep you from owning an aquarium. Whether you have a desk top, a shelf or a small nook, small or nano aquariums can accommodate your needs. These tanks of 30 gallons or less can house thriving communities of fish for peaceful enjoyment.

Use this step-by-step guide to set up your small aquarium:

Choose Your Aquarium Carefully
There are many aquarium kits which make selection easier for beginners. They offer “plug-and-play” components with multi-stage filtration and lighting included. Many also offer contemporary designs for better viewing.

Find a Secure Home
No matter the size, a small aquarium can weigh much more when filled with water. Choose a stable location that can bear the weight and provide a secure base.

Stocking the Tank: Keep it Simple
One of the biggest challenges of a small aquarium is keeping water quality at optimal levels. For this reason, we suggest choosing small fish species from the same region or with the same needs. If all species are comfortable at a certain temperature, for example, this will make it easier for you to maintain good water quality and a healthy community. Also, don’t overstock your tank – a common beginner’s mistake.

Monitor Closely
You can check your water quality using a test kit. Check for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels. Follow the guidelines for healthy water conditions provided with the test kit.

Change Water
This means removing and replacing about 20% of your water every 2 weeks. Use a gravel vacuum to siphon the water and remove any debris in the gravel at the same time. Be sure to use a water conditioner to remove chlorine and other potentially harmful substances from your tap water in the water you are replacing.

Resolve Problems Quickly
Because of the small water volume, your tank’s chemistry levels can change very quickly. If problems arise, act fast! Waiting hours or even one day may be too late to recover and save your fish.

Always aim to keep the setup simple, healthy and enjoyable for your pet fish. In this way, you’ll get many years of peaceful enjoyment from your new aquarium!

For help choosing aquariums and supplies, ask a Pet Supermarket associate.

The Advantages of Frozen Fish Food

Just as you would feed premium pet food to your dog or cat, you can also feed premium food to your fish. Premium food is frozen and offers the best diet for your fish. Here’s why…

  • Ingredients such as brine shrimp are similar to the food fish eat in their natural habitats.
  • It uses algin, a natural product derived from algae, as a binder
  • Frozen food allows fish to feed at their natural feeding levels
  • This all-natural food, with no fillers or dyes, can entice even finicky eaters
  • It’s free of harmful parasites and unwanted bacteria
  • A small amount is enough and results in less fecal matter, better water quality
  • Aquarists enjoy watching the feeding frenzy as fish devour this natural food

How to use frozen fish food:
Use this food as the staple of a healthy diet or as a rich treat to supplement a diet.

Frozen Cubes*
Drop each cube in the aquarium while still frozen. The cube will float for 6-8 seconds, then sink and break apart, allowing fish to feed at their natural levels. Feed often, but try not to overfeed. Use only what your fish will consume in three minutes. It’s best to remove any uneaten food afterwards and keep unused cubes in your freezer.

Frozen Flat Packs*
Break or cut small portions and thaw them in a cup, then pour the contents into your aquarium. Feed no more than your fish can consume in three minutes to avoid overfeeding. Remove uneaten food and keep the unused portion in your freezer.

*Important
Do not microwave frozen fish food or thaw it in hot water. This will break down the nutrients in the food. Pet Supermarket frozen fish foods are sold in stores.

Betta Care 101

Betta Care 101

Their spectacular display of color and style make bettas (or Siamese fighting fish) a favorite of fish keepers. Being a hardy fish, they’re also good for beginners. But whether you want to get a betta or already have one, here are a few tips to keep in mind…

  • Tanks: Although they’re often seen in fish bowls, bettas do best when they’re kept in heated aquariums with filtration, tight-fitting covers (to prevent jumping) and little surface disruption (from filter discharges near the surface).
  • Filters: You may periodically see a betta (Betta splendens) gulp air from the surface. This species has a labyrinth organ that allows them to breathe air and live in low-oxygenated water. But this doesn’t mean they don’t need a filter—a common misconception. Get a filter that doesn’t produce too much current, which makes it harder for them to swim.
  • Water: They’re tolerant of varied water conditions, but prefer warmer temperatures. Remember, their natural habitat is in the waters of Malaysia and Thailand, with temps ranging from 75 to 85 degrees. Keep water at a consistent temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Tankmates: Since male bettas are very aggressive with their own species, only one male should be kept in a tank. But they can get along with other community fish such as Angelfish, small gouramis, swordtails, mollies, and platies.
  • Nutrition: Bettas can be picky eaters, especially when eating new food, so take care to provide adequate nutrition. They need a high-protein diet and eat pellet and flake food, as well as live or frozen food (small worms, brine shrimp and larvae or bloodworms).
  • Feeding: Bettas tend to eat slowly and may have their food eaten by other fish in the tank. To prevent this, feed the other fish first and draw them away from the betta or sequester the betta during feeding time.

Beautiful bettas are a joy to watch. With these tips, you can keep your betta in top shape and enhance your enjoyment as an aquarist. For more information and proper fish supplies, visit Pet Supermarket.

Top Fish-Feeding Mistakes

Top fish-feeding mistakes.

Are you sure you’re feeding your fish correctly? Whether you’re a new aquarist learning the ropes or an experienced one in need of a reminder, read on for a few top fish-feeding mistakes.

  1. Overfeeding
    The number one mistake made by fish owners is overfeeding. Since fish will never turn down food, they always seem hungry, but this doesn’t mean they need feeding. Start by feeding your fish once a day. Don’t worry. Feeding them once a day won’t starve your fish.
  2. Feeding the tank rather than the fish
    Many think a bigger tank means more food, but that isn’t the case. Only feed your fish the amount they can consume within three to five minutes. Once they let food float to the bottom, it’s time to stop. Remember, any food that isn’t eaten decomposes and this decay leads to cloudy water, algae growth and high ammonia levels.
  3. Not having a feeding schedule
    Is more than one person caring for the aquarium? If so, everyone should be aware of the feeding schedule to avoid accidental overfeeding.
  4. Not learning the dietary requirements of your fish
    A diverse community of fish make for a beautiful aquarium, but to maintain that diversity, you should learn the feeding requirements of each fish species. Some fish may need or prefer flakes, while others will need pellets. It’s important you know which is best for proper nutrition.
  5. Not choosing high-quality food
    It’s also important to provide high-quality fish food. Food that is low in quality, stale or inappropriate for that species may cause harm or add to the food waste in your tank.
  6. Not testing the water regularly
    Testing the water is a vital factor that can also affect feeding. How? As we mentioned earlier, uneaten food waste degrades water quality. If the ammonia and nitrate levels are off, you can adjust feeding or withhold food for a few days until those levels stabilize. You won’t know it’s needed though unless you test.

We hope these tips will help you avoid the most common feeding mistakes. If you need help choosing quality fish food, speak with your Pet Supermarket associate.

First Fish for the Beginning Aquarist

Aquarium Fish for Beginners.

You’ve got your new tank filled and ready for fish. But what kinds of fish should you get?

If you’re a beginner, there are many fish that are easy to care for and fun to watch.

This list of beginner-friendly fish can get you started:

Cherry Barb
The Cherry Barb is a community fish that can add activity to your aquarium. They can grow up to 2 inches and do best when they’re kept in a school of 6 or more. Make sure to provide plants or hiding places.

Dwarf Gourami
Originally from the waters of India, these colorful fish are both peaceful and hardy. They can reach 3 inches and are suited for tanks of 20 gallons or more. It may be best to keep only one per tank as they can get territorial with others of the same species.

Guppy
Another hardy fish, guppies are peaceful and easy to care for. They’re also very prolific, so if you mix male and female fish, you’re likely to have baby guppies, which need to be safeguarded from the other fish. Male guppies are more colorful with larger tails.

Platy
Platies are easy to care for and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They’re also fun to watch, because they’re active fish and are livebearers. This means their babies can swim immediately after being birthed.

Pleco
Plecos are known for their algae-eating skills and can help keep your aquarium clean. They graze along the bottom and sides of the aquarium and should only be added after a tank has been established and has some algae.

White Clouds
These small fish are ideal for small tanks. Not only are they very peaceful, even in close quarters, they also tolerate the temperature swings of small tanks fairly well.

Zebra Danio
These small, hardy fish do well in different water conditions and add color with their horizontal stripes. They’re active community fish and should be kept in schools of 6 or more.

While this list can help you get started, remember to check the size, temperature requirements and compatibility issues of any fish you add to your tank!

Introducing New Fish into Your Aquarium

Introducing New Fish into Your Aquarium

Have you ever moved to an area with a different climate? It might have taken you a while to get acclimated. The same holds true for fish when moving to a new aquarium. In fact, fish are very sensitive to their environments. Subtle changes in water temperature, pH and nitrates can affect your fish’s health and survival.

New additions to your tank can also affect your existing fish. To keep your aquarium healthy, we offer the following suggestions:

  • Research the new fish species – Is it compatible with your existing fish? How large will it grow? These are things you should know about any species you add to your tank.
  • Fish quarantine – One of the cardinal rules of fishkeeping is to quarantine new fish before adding them to an aquarium. Otherwise, you risk introducing a parasite or disease that could infect all of your fish.
  • Quarantine tank – A small 10- to 20-gallon tank with a basic setup is sufficient. Include a sponge filter, fluorescent lighting, a heater and plastic plants that will offer a few hiding places. It’s a little extra work, but this investment will protect your main aquarium in the long run.
  • Quarantine process – Fish should spend two to three weeks in quarantine before being transferred to the main tank. During this time, you should watch closely to make sure the new fish aren’t carrying parasites or diseases.
  • Test water quality of your main tank – When the new fish are ready for your tank, they should be transferred into water with the least stressful conditions. This means the chlorine level should be at zero and the pH and other levels should match those of the water holding your new fish.
  • Check the neighborhood first – Make sure your aquarium has plenty of hiding spaces for the new fish. Also, feed your existing fish so they’re less aggressive. Keep in mind, your current fish may still harass a new tankmate. To combat this, try to add more than one new fish at a time or rearrange tank decorations first to distract your current fish into establishing new territories.
  • Adding the fish – When adding the new fish from the quarantine tank or Pet Supermarket, first dim the lights in the tank and your room, then float the sealed bag with the new fish on the water’s surface. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes to adjust in temperature. Then open the bag and add half a cup of aquarium water to it. Reseal it and let it float. Add half a cup every 5 minutes. Once the bag is full, use a net to transfer the fish to your tank (don’t add the water from the bag into your tank). Keep your tank light off as your new fish explores his surroundings.

Watch your fish for signs of illness or aggression and enjoy the beauty of a thriving aquarium with different species! For advice on compatible fish species and aquarium accessories, visit your local Pet Supermarket.

When You Should Upgrade to a New Fish Tank

When You Should Upgrade to a New Fish Tank

You’ve cared for your fish tank and it has blossomed in to a beautiful aquatic exhibit. You’ve added fish, plants and decorations to your aquarium over the years, but how do you know when it’s time to upgrade to a bigger tank? Read on for a few guidelines…

Having problems with water quality?
Has it been hard to maintain safe levels of pH, ammonia, nitrates and nitrites? If so, a larger tank may help. Water quality and temperature are easier to maintain in larger tanks. These levels don’t spike as quickly in tanks with more water volume.

Crowded fish
Are there too many fish in your tank? And how many is too many? The rule most often used is one inch of fish for every gallon of water, but this doesn’t provide enough room for larger fish and full-bodied fish, like goldfish. If you have larger fish or if they’ve grown, you may want to adapt that rule to one inch of fish for every two or three gallons of water. Also, smaller fish tend to be more active and may be happier with more room as well.

Want to include live plants?
Live plants provide a natural habitat for fish, but like any live addition to your tank, they will affect water chemistry. While they can help inhibit algae and offer benefits, they can also cause waste from decayed plant matter. For a healthy, vibrant ecosystem with live plants, a bigger aquarium is recommended.

Need more help making your decision? Get personalized help deciding or choosing fish tanks at your local Pet Supermarket.

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