Since we see your aquarium only during maintenance, it is very important for you to properly feed the fish and make observations of the aquarium. Doing so is vital to the long term success of your fish tank. The most important aspect is to feed the fish correctly. More aquarium inhabitants are killed due to improper feeding than any other reason. Fish in an overfed aquarium are severely stressed, which can lead to disease and death.
Always remember to feed the fish and not the aquarium!!
When feeding, feed only the amount of food the fish can eat within 30 seconds. If food remains in the aquarium after this time, the fish have been fed too much. Most fish will not eat food that has been in the aquarium for more than 30 seconds. If food remains in the aquarium, it simply sits there and rots, greatly fouling the water and potentially killing the fish.
Fish benefit greatly from a wide variety of different types of foods; remember -- variety is the spice of life. Feed your animals a variety of foods available from Tanks For Your Business. We offer a full line of flake, pellet, frozen, freeze dried, and other fish foods.
If you are running low on fish food, please contact us and let us know before your next regular service visit. We will be happy to deliver the proper and correct food for your aquarium.
Please keep in mind that fish food does go bad once opened. Never use any fish food beyond its expiration date. Food that is over six months old, generally, has expired.
When using frozen food, it is important to thaw the food before feeding to the fish. Fish are cold blooded and cannot digest frozen food. Food should be soaked in a small cup of aquarium water for 15-30 minutes before feeding. Dispose of any unused portions immediately.
Being aware of a few basics can make the aquarium experience more gratifying.
When observing aquarium inhabitants, look for:
- Overly aggressive behavior
- Damaged individuals, such as torn fins or other wounds
- Stable and regular respirations
- Clear eyes and focused eye movement
- Look for all fish! Remove dead fish immediately
Look for common disease and parasites
Observe the aquarium:
- Ich: This can be recognized as white spots on the fins or body, resembling salt sprinkled on the fish.
- Flukes and Parasites: Appears as small clear, white or black cyst-like attachments to body, fins or eyes. Often appears as cloudly eyes.
- Pop Eye: One or both eyes protruding from the head
Interested in learning more about your fish or aquarium? Check out FishChannel's website.
- Most aquariums have a strong water flow. Make sure the filter is running. If not, check plugs and breaker switches.
- Make sure water lever is appropriate and adequate. This is especially important in aquariums with wet/dry filters or sumps.
- Make sure the water temperature is between 72? and 78?