Growing pet fish is a science, an art, and an enjoyable activity. More than that, it makes your home look and feels more comfortable and sophisticated. If you are a pet fish lover and you like taking care of them, you surely know that there are a lot of aspects that you must consider when growing them.
First of all, you must take into consideration the main factors that fish need in order to live actively and healthily. One of these factors is the size and quality of the tank you are holding them captive in. As most aquariums don’t have stocking charts, most owners keep a random number of fish in one tank, without thinking about the space that each one needs in order to live comfortably.
Do fish need more space than you offer them?
Actually, fish don’t experience the same quality of life in a large or a small tank. At the same time, if they live with a large number of other fish, their physical comfort decreases. Therefore, you must consider a simple rule when deciding how many fish you will host in an aquarium.
One inch per gallon is one of the simplest rules that anyone can follow when thinking about buying more fish and hosting them in the same tank. But even with this simple rule, there are plenty errors in calculation, as plants, toys, accessories and filtration systems are not taken into consideration when doing the math. Also, most of the time, the fish you buy don’t have the same size and don’t even belong to the same species. This is another reason why most people calculate the space that their fish need completely wrong.
When calculating, consider the fact that some fish might need to swim a lot more than others that could belong to a more passive species. Another important aspect is the size of the fish when brought home. Fish owners must consider the adult size of the fish when buying an aquarium and not the size that they have when first bought.
Despite all these things, the larger the tank, the better the fish will feel and the more active they will be. If you’ve made a calculation error and you notice that your pet fish are rather inactive, move them into a larger fish tank and notice the immediate change in their behavior.
Do these things when housing fish in an aquarium:
- Find out the capacity of the tank
- Ensure that you maintain a constant water level
- Use the one inch per gallon rule
- Determine the size that your fish will have when fully grown
- Make sure that you know the characteristics of the fish species that you choose
- Observe the behavior of the fish and ensure that they have enough space to move freely
If you notice that the fish that you own don’t have a normal behavior, make sure that they have enough space, that their tank is properly maintained and that they are compatible with the other fish in the aquarium.