If you are looking for hassle-free pets that would simultaneously enhance the aesthetic value of your interior décor, you are probably thinking of getting some tropical fish for your home. But while aquariums are easy to maintain, one thing new fish buyers do not take into consideration is how challenging it can be to successfully take care of tropical fish.
Unlike regular fish species such as goldfish and neon tetra that are easy to care for, exotic species would require you to have some special considerations in mind if they are to survive. And when you factor in how expensive tropical aquarium fish are to acquire, you will quickly realize that they are not as easily replaceable as their native counterparts. To ensure you do not make any mistakes, below is a summary of a couple of things worth noting when buying tropical aquarium fish for the first time.
What type of habitat do you want for your tropical fish?
The first thing you need to decide on before you go out and purchase exotic fish species is the habitat that you would prefer, which simply refers to the type of water that you would like for your fish. Generally speaking, freshwater is the easiest habitat to take care of since the aquarium will not require constant upkeep. The second option that you can consider is a saltwater environment. The main advantage of this option is that these types of tropical fish come in a vibrant range of colors so your aquarium will be stunning.
However, the downside is that a saltwater environment is expensive to maintain since it is highly complex. The third habitat you can consider is brackish water. These types of tropical fish need more attention than their freshwater counterparts require, but their main advantage is they have a longer lifespan than their saltwater counterparts do.
How many fish do you want for your tropical aquarium?
A mistake commonly made by individuals buying tropical fish for the first time is thinking that the more fish they have, the higher the likelihood is that a lot of them will survive, but this is grossly incorrect. The more fish you have, the lower the chance of their survival is due to a couple of reasons. First off, when your aquarium is overcrowded, the nitrogen cycle will be disrupted, and this alters the water's chemical composition.
Consequently, the fish waste is not nitrified but instead ammonia will accumulate in the aquarium, making the water toxic to your tropical fish. Furthermore, the more tropical fish in the tank, the more territorial they become, and this will lead to aggressive behavior. When the fish nip at each other, they can cause fatal injuries, and you will lose your finned friends.