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gravel is key to keeping your aquatic animals healthy! Gravel improves water circulation and aeration, which encourages better fish health. Plus, with all those little critters bumping around on top, coral and other plants love having something to attach themselves to!
Sand is another great option for an aquarium’s substrate because it doesn’t absorb much water. This means sand stays loose, making it easier to clean and allowing plants to grow freely. However, if there’s not enough sand, water pools will form and gardenfish won’t be able to dive down deep for food. And speaking of food
Finally, many people choose live plants over rocks for two main reasons: firstly they offer a lot more decorative options (looking at youcientious planted tanks!), secondly they provide a stable source of nutrition for your fish without having to feed them pellets or flakes all the time (read: no more bloat!). Live plants take up space however so make sure you have enough room before adding any hefty survivors like swordfishes or cichlids!
The following list includes the essential items for most tropical fish tanks:
-Aquarium substrate – A suitable substrate must be provided for the fish to live on and breed. Many people choose to use gravel or sand as the foundation of their aquariums, but there are many other options available including bark, paper towels, or simply wetting down a clean cloth and placing it on top of your selected substrate. Be sure to remove waste products daily and replace water often enough so that your chosen substrate remains moist.
-An air pump – When setting up an aquarium, always install an air pump capable of providing adequate oxygen levels throughout the tank. Most bubblers (commonly used in planted tanks) work well as air pumps and should not be neglected when setting up a Tropical Fish Tank. NOTE: Not all air pumps designed for planted aquariums can provide adequate oxygenation for tropical fish; if unsure consult with a specialist before purchasing an aquarium set-up.] -Shellfish feeder – A small shellfish feeder (such as those sold at pet stores) is necessary in order to supplement food availability for larger Fiji fishes such as morays eels etc.. As these fishes get bigger they may start grazing on plants which could result in negatively impacting the health of said plants.]] -Filter system – One or more filters arerequiredtohelppurifythewaterandprovidetheappropriatenutrientsforTropicalFishTanks.[/expand] [filter system recommendations depend upon tank size and planned use – see bottom of article for recommended filter types according to purpose.]
Most importantly, always remember to follow safety guidelines when caring for any kind of tropical fish!
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