Gold Fish Are Great
The first time I ever found myself wishing to have a pet fish was when I was watching the famous animated series Tom & Jerry. I remember thinking that it would be nice to have a goldfish, but alas I did not get one, and the fishes I had in my house belonged to a friend that entrusted me with them while he was away. I was fascinated by these pets mostly because of their colors, and the more vivid they were the better I liked them. However I soon found out that taking care of them can be rather challenging. Since I am the type of person to worry more about taking care of other peoples stuff than my own, I wanted to provide the best care, so I did what most people do in such situation, I started reading.
One of the greatest misconceptions about aquarium fish, that I discovered I had as well, is that they have a short life span. I was surprised to find out that a goldfish can live up to 20 years, but I think that’s because they are small and so we don’t expect them to live that long. Another interesting fact that I discovered was that, if raised with proper care, these pets can grow larger and live longer than they can in their natural habitat. The logical explanation is that in an aquarium they don’t have to constantly search for food, since it’s already provided. Also, in their natural habitat due to predators most fishes don’t even reach adulthood.
A basic thing that I learned about looking after these pets is that they don’t appreciate bright lights. Whether you keep them on the kitchen fitting weybridge or on the desk in your room you should avoid using incandescent lighting, because it is too hot. Instead try using fluorescent lighting, which by the way usually fits in the hood of the tank. When it comes to food, remember not to feed your fishes too much, since the excess will pollute the water. Also try to buy different types of high quality food and give a different kind every time you feed them. Gadgets like air pumps and filters can make your cleaning job easier and less frequent, but never forget to clean the tank every week and to change only one third of the water in the tank so that you don’t expose your pets to sudden water quality changes.
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