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The Seven Essentials of
Keeping Pet Fish
In Aquariums, Fish Bowls, and Ponds.
 
       
This page contains a short list of the most important essential care that your fish must have to live in good health with a minimum of stress, disease, and other problems. Every responsible fish keeper should know the information on this page.
 
 
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Pet Fish Talk, an MP3 PodCast, is a weekly internet talk show about keeping pet fish, such as Tropical Fish and goldfish, in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. The shows were hosted by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, Click on this image for more information.  
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Customer Comments

 
I really love this site!! It is so informative. I have had fish tanks for 15 years and after visiting this site I found out things I never even knew!! This site is very personal, this is my first visit and I have been on here for over 2 hours ..
 
Tina
 
 
 
A Brief Summary of the Seven Essentials of Keeping Fish.
 
1. Match the fish with an appropriate home, which could be a Fish Bowl, an Aquarium with or without a heater, or a Pond.

2. Getting Started. The first few days of starting a Fish Bowl, Aquarium, or Pond are the most risky and stressful for the fish. Reduce this risk by following the advice given in this site.

3. Change 20% of the water twice a week. Use bottled drinking water for Fish Bowls and tap water for Aquariums and Ponds.

4. A least once a month give your fish's home a good cleaning.

5. Twice a day feed your fish the correct floating food, so they get plenty to eat. Be sure all the food is eaten, and none of the food is left to pollute the water.

6. Every day look carefully at your fish for Signs of Stress and Disease. If you see Signs of Stress and Disease, immediately give your fish the Recommended Treatment.

7. Also carefully look at your water. If the water is cloudy, foamy, or smelly, take immediate corrective action.

Each of these seven essentials of keeping fish is explained and then discussed in greater detail below on this page.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
Hi, there, Wow!  I love your site!  I am a novice and have found it to be very helpful, even (especially) after viewing a million other sites. I have a six gallon Eclipse system that I bought in August as a present for my cat's birthday!
 
Poor kitty, he has yet to see a fish in it. I started out planning for goldfish. Everything was set up, and then I found out that ... Thank you for your great site with all that advice and any future advice you may be able to give me.
 
Sincerely, Leslie
 
 
 
1. Match the Fish with an Appropriate Home.
Fish are hardy and have the capacity to adjust to many changes in their environment. Fish show Signs of Stress and Disease, when their environment lacks something essential such as oxygen, or their environment has an excess of something intolerable such as fish waste.

With good planning and systematic maintenance the fish's environment can be controlled and most fish problems can be avoided. Click here for information about how to recognize Sign of Stress and Disease in fish.

The most important factor in successfully keeping any fish is to match that fish with an appropriate environment, which has enough space, the proper equipment, and compatible tank mates.

There are two ways to match the fish and it's home. Choose a group of compatible fish first then get an appropriate home for that group of fish, or choose the home first then get an appropriate group of fish for that home.

For example, if you decide you want a Fish Bowl, then click here to learn more about Fish Bowls including the fact that bigger is better when choosing a Fish Bowl.

After reading about Fish Bowls, if you decide to get a large 1.5 gallon Fish Bowl, then click here to read about good fish for Fish Bowls. Suppose you decide to get one Male Betta or one Female Betta, a few Ghost Shrimp, and a couple of Live Plants for the Fish Bowl.

These are appropriate inhabitants for a 1.5-gallon Fish Bowl. Ten small goldfish are not appropriate fish for a 1.5-gallon Fish Bowl. In fact one small goldfish won't do well in a Fish Bowl, because that one goldfish, given the proper care and feeding, will quickly outgrow the Fish Bowl.

 
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Another example, suppose you decide you want to keep some Goldfish. Click here for information about what sort of home they'll need, then click on other links on that page to find more information in this site. You'll be able to match the goldfish that you want to keep with an appropriate home.

Click here to read the page titled How to Choose a Fish Bowl, Aquarium, or Pond. It will help you choose from the following list,

 
?  Fish Bowls
?  Cool Water Aquariums
?  Warm Water Aquariums
?  Ponds
 
Any of these four choices can be an appropriate home for some fish and an inappropriate home for some other fish.

After you choose a home for your fish, decide which fish you'll keep. Click on topics listed just below to help you choose the appropriate kinds of fish for the home you've already chosen for your new fish.

 
Good Fish for Fish Bowls
Good Fish for Cool Water Aquariums
Good Fish for Warm Water Aquariums
Good Fish for Ponds
 
Or if you prefer, find the species of fish that you want to keep on our Price List, where you can click on more links and read the comments in the paragraphs titled "Appropriate Home" for those fish.

Using this method, you pick the fish first, then use this web site to find out if you need a Fish Bowl, a Cool Water Aquarium, a Warm Water Aquarium, or a Pond for the species of fish you've chosen.

For example, click here to go to the page with information about Puffer Fish. When you get to that page, scroll down to the paragraph titled "Appropriate Home" and read about the size of the aquarium, about the equipment you need, and about adding some aquarium salt to the water.

The first Essential of Keeping Fish is to match the fish with an appropriate home for that species of fish, and this website contains the information you need to match the fish and the appropriate home for those fish.

 
 

Customer Comments

 
I'm really glad I found your site.  I've had an aquarium for most of my life and never really realized that most of the problems I have had were my own doing (or over-doing).  This is a great site and VERY easy to maneuver around.  I'm happy and so are my fish.
 
Thank you again for all your hard work!
 
Leslie G.
  
 
 
Reply. Hello Leslie. We are glad to know that you are making good use of the information on this website. Good luck with your fish.
 
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 Best Selling Books 
     
  Click here now to order The Simple Guide to Freshwater Aquariums, a bestselling reference, offering an easy-to-understand look at setting up and maintaining a successful first freshwater aquarium.
     
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  Click here now to order 500 Freshwater Aquarium Fish: A Visual Reference to the Most Popular Species, a beautiful book, lovingly written and illustrated, with information for the beginner or the longtime enthusiast.
     
  Click here now to order Fancy Goldfish: A Complete Guide ... by Eric L. Johnson, DMV, and Richard E. Hess. The most encompassing and thorough treatment of the fancy goldfish hobby to date. Hardcover with 176 pages.
 
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