contains information and advice about what kinds
of fish can live in an aquarium without an aquarium
heater. There is also a summary of what you'll need
to know to keep fish in a Cool Water Aquarium.
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1. How to Start
a new Cool Water Aquarium
An aquarium is actually easier to care for than
a fish bowl. The first thing to know is that you
should not get all the equipment and the fish on
the same day.
need an aquarium, an aquarium cover, and an aquarium
stand. Cool water fish prefer room temperature water
and don't need an aquarium heater. Click
for more information about these pieces of aquarium
buy an Aquarium Filter with a BIO-Wheel. Click
for more about aquarium filters.
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You'll also need
a 5-inch fish net and a bottle of Water Conditioner.
here for more information about Water Conditioner.
Finally you will
some food to feed your fish. We recommend floating
goldfish food such as TetraFin Goldfish Flakes.
for more information about fish food and how to
Take all these items
home and carefully read the instructions that come
in the box with your filter, then hang it on the
back of your aquarium.
Fill the aquarium
with tap water from the faucet and add the amount
of Water Conditioner that is specified on the bottle
of Water Conditioner.
Plug your filter
into an electrical outlet, and let it run for three
days without fish in your aquarium.
2. First Fish
for a Cool Water Aquariums
After your new aquarium equipment has been running
for three days without fish, buy three inexpensive
medium size (about 2" to 2.5") comet goldfish not
expensive fancy goldfish. Do not add more fish for
During the first
three weeks, the water in your aquarium may get
cloudy or foamy and have an odor. If this happens,
to read about what to do. These first three weeks
of starting an aquarium is a risky time for fish.
The cloudy and foamy water is often called the "new
fish tank syndrome".
After three weeks if your three fish
look healthy, the water is crystal clear, and smells
clean, you can add another fish. Even better add
some ghost shrimp. They will improve the water quality
by finding and eating small bits of food.
Be careful not to
add too many fish to your aquarium. Add a couple
of new fish every few weeks. A maximum of 1" of
fish per gallon of water is a good rule of thumb
for beginners. By this rule, you'd keep 10 inches
of fish in a 10-gallon aquarium. For example, five
fish each 2" in length, making a total of 10 inches
of fish in a 10-gallon aquarium.
up all the equipment and let it run for three days.
Then add three inexpensive medium size comet goldfish,
and do not add more fish for three weeks. Later
gradually add more fish until you have a maximum
of about 1" of fish per gallon of water.
3. More Good Fish
for a Cool Water Aquarium
Fancy Goldfish are available in many interesting
shapes and beautiful colors. White Clouds, Crabs,
Ghost Shrimp, Tadpoles, Aquatic Snails, and Live
Plants all do well in a Cool Water Aquarium with
Goldfish, and all can eat the same food such as
If you are looking
to add a bizarre fish, a Dragon Fish may be just
perfect for your aquarium. But keeping a Dragon
Fish requires more skill than keeping Goldfish,
and Dragon Fish need to eat live food such as Ghost
here for more information about Dragon Fish.
A Good Place for a Cool Water Aquarium
contribute to green algae growing in your aquarium,
so pick a place for your aquarium that is away from
windows. Locate your Cool Water Aquarium away from
the heater, the vent from the heater, and anything
else warm. Put your aquarium on something flat and
sturdy such as an aquarium stand.
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