Best tropical fish to own

Tips for Starting Your Own Tropical Aquarium

A tropical aquarium can be the source of beauty and fun for almost any household. You will need about an hour every two weeks for cleaning and maintenance, and just a few seconds twice a day to feed your fish.

Tank Size for Beginners

If you have been doing some reading about getting started with tropical fish, you may be getting conflicting advice regarding the size of the tank you chose to get started. Some will say just start with a small tank because it doesn't take up much space and it is less costly.

Then there's the other side of the coin. If you start with a small tank, any changes to the water quality will be potentially quite detrimental. This is because there is obviously less water in a small tank, if there is a change to the ph or ammonia levels, it will not get diluted throughout may gallons like it will in a larger tank. Therefore, the fish will be affected by it much faster and may be harmed as a result.

If you select a larger tank, any changes to the water quality will be spread out and diluted throughout many more gallons of water. Also, beginners tend to over feed their fish, so any leftover food will have a lesser affect as well. They also tend to over crowd the tank a bit with too many fish. Again, this will affect the water quality more in a smaller tank.

The best advice I can give on this on is get the biggest tank you can afford and have space for. You don't have to go over the top, but you will probably want to start with a 15 to 20 gallon fish tank. Don't forget, once you get the bug, you are going to see all sorts of decorations and fish that you just have to have! It will be less expensive to start with a decent size tank than it will be to buy another one when you outgrow the first.

The Nitrogen Cycle

I won't go into details here about the Nitrogen cycle. Suffice it to say that any new aquarium must age a bit. When you first put fish into a new aquarium, they excrete ammonia. The water needs to build up beneficial bacteria and chemicals by cycling through for a couple of weeks. When you get your tank all set up, just add one or two fish. Don't spend a whole lot of money on these guys as they are testing the water for you. The water may get cloudy for a couple of days. Don't worry, this is just part of the cycling effect and it will clear shortly.

Testing the Water

Once your new fish tank is set up, you will have to test the water on a regular basis. Get yourself a good test kit for ph and ammonia levels. Certain fish like different ph levels. A good rule of thumb for beginners is to get community fish which will tolerate a middle of the road ph level of 7.0. This means the water is not too acidic nor too alkaline.


Growing up Easter was always the holiday

by gemini_moon

Most likely to suck and be filled with drama.
My best Easter memory is from a few years ago when the kids and I spent the holiday at Mystic Hot Springs in southern Utah. We ate chocolate all day between soaks in the pools and tubs. A neighbor camper girl roasted a peep over the fire then burned herself pretty badly because of the burning sugar. That part was awful, not good, but the rest of the time there rocked. We even got to catch our own tropical fish from the ponds to take home for our tank.

Depends on what you seek

by AllSpiced

Great burger dive: The Waterfront, edge of Downtown
Italian: Pan e Vino, Downtown/The Gaslamp,
or Apertivo in North Park, which has a great wine selection as well as sangria, and serves small plates, tapas style. Everything I have ever had there is fantastic, and I grew up with a grandma who made all our pasta from scratch--Apertivo's lasagna is superb. So is the Osso Buco.
I also like Mr Tiki Mai Tai Lounge, downtown, for fun, great atmosphere, and Passionfruit Mojitoes garnished with real orchids. And fantastic pu-pus. Yummy bbq ribs tropical style, etc etc, and a lot of fish, though I have only done appetizers there

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