Tropical - Fish - Pictures .com

This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Care and Maintenance

The time required for daily maintenance and care of your tank should be minimal. The tank you have setup is a self contained world which should be left alone as much as possible. Each day all you need do is feed the fish. Check the temperature to make sure the thermostat/heater is working. Give your fish a quick check for any disease or ailments. This should all take no more that 1-2 minutes at most.

Every 3-4 weeks the front glass should be cleaned of algae with a sponge and water should be topped up as evaporation occurs which lowers the water level. Also check the pH at this time. Keep a plec in the tank and the job of cleaning the algae off the glass will be done for you. Well worth the investment.

Each month drain 1/3 of your water and siphon sediment from gravel and at the same time clean the filter and heater. If you get behind in this schedule too much you will have to drain more of the water to clean it and this will stress your fish, leading to the introduction of disease etc.

Check the pH of the water for the next three days after a water change and every 3-4 weeks after that. Once a tank has been setup up for 2-3 months or so, check the nitrate levels when checking pH.

If you follow this quick guide approximately you should hopefully, have minimum problems with your fish. Also use rain water if you have it available.


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