Here is the second part of the informative pet fish shopping guide for beginners. Make sure to read this article before you purchase a pet fish for yourself. There are many considerations to make before you purchase one. As there are plenty of different types of fish, you also need to carefully think about the species you will get.
Where To Buy And How Much
Fishes are generally readily available. You can look at your local pet store or fish store. There are many fresh water options which are perfect for beginners. There are also saltwater fishes that require more expertise. Make sure to opt for stores that are actually certified so that you can get your money’s worth. Inquire about the origin of your fish. Some are caught while others are bred to be pets. Go for a fish that is bred to be pets rather than those caught because the former is often healthier and live much longer.
The cost of your pet fish varies based on many factors. You do not only spend on the fish. You also spend on the accompanying equipment needed to take good care of it. And yes, it is normal for all of your equipment to cost more than the fish. The best thing you can do is to stick with the basic machineries so that you won’t spend excessively. Go for fresh water fishes because they require less equipment than saltwater ones. You should also get a bunch of water test kits so that you can regularly check up on the quality of your water. The kit will also indicate what changes you need to perform in order to provide the optimal environment for your fish.
How To Choose A Healthy Fish
Not every fish dealer will be honest with you. You need to know for yourself all the telltale signs that a fish is healthy so that you will be secured with your choice. Seeing sick or dead fishes in a dealer’s tanks is a bad sign and you should opt for another store. A healthy fish is a mobile fish. The fins should be spread. The breathing patterns should be regular and normal. Their eyes must be clear and the body temperature should be normal, too. The skin must be intact with no saggy spots or misplaced scales. One trick is to determine what fish you like, look online for a reference photo, and then compare it with real life.
How To Prepare
There are certain preparations one must do to be ready for the arrival of the new fish. Use the correct furniture on which to lay the aquarium on. It should be stable and sturdy. The location should be optimal and will not wildly interfere with the temperature regulations. Thoroughly inform yourself on fish care so that you will not face a sudden and unexpected loss. You should also have a veterinarian’s contact number with you at all times.