Freshwater Tropical fish in the UK

Purchasing Freshwater Tropical Fish

One of the first things you want to do is check out reviews of your nearest stockists and make sure they are well thought of and recommended by others. It’s so disappointing if you go and purchase your fish and then find out they are not that healthy as they’ll likely die if you don’t treat them promptly.

Once you’ve done some research on the fish you want to buy and your local stores, go for a preliminary visit to check them out, speak to the people who work there and find out how they care for their fish once they arrive. When fish are being shipped around they can become very stressed so most shops place them into a holding tank for a period before selling them on.

If your local shop doesn’t do this then maybe you should look for another shop. Once you’ve found the fish you’ve been searching for check the condition of the tanks they are in and make sure there’s no dead fish in them. If there are then that’s a strong sign that the shop is not really caring for them plus the live fish within the tank will already be at a high risk of disease, which isn’t something you want to bring home with you. If everything’s ok and you have purchased the fish you want, you need to be careful transferring them from the shop as fish get easily stressed.

Once you’ve arrived home with your fish you’ll be eager to place them into your tank but wait and take your time. You should first place the bags your fish are in, into the top of your tank, leaving them to float there for about 20 minutes. This will allow your fish to calm down after the journey and also allow the water temperature inside the bag to match the temperature inside your tank.

Now it’s time for the exciting part. You should release them by slowing cutting the bag open and letting the water of your tank flow into the bag bit by bit and then allowing your new fish to swim out. You should also make sure you don’t get any of the dirt from the bag into your aquarium. Once your fish have been released into your tank give them a few hours to settle in.

They will first spend some time searching out hiding places until they feel safe and comfortable after which they will be happy to start exploring their new home.

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