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Water Conditions in the Aquarium

Its often said that keeping fish, is more often a case of keeping water. All fish have certain requirements when it comes to water, some are very fussy, and can survive in only specific conditions, whilst others can survive in almost any water, at the right temperature. The majority of fish are somewhere in between, and will survive in most waters, but need specific conditions to breed.

The water must of course be kept clean, generally achieved through a mix of filtration, water changes, cleaner animals and plants.

There are several key parameters that your aquarium water must get right to ensure your species thrive. In general, most fish from your local fish shop will be living in your local tapwater, treated to remove chlorine and other additives, that water companies add. This conditions are easy enough to replicate, and will probably be perfectly adequatr for these fish. This is particularly true of the cheaper species that make the bulk of your dealers stock. There are of course other fish that like very different water, and these will require specialist knowledge of their natural habitat; perhaps very soft and acidic, like a rainforest swamp, or hard and alkaline like the rift lakes of East Africa. Providing conditions for these species is easy with a little know-how.








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Vegetarian fish Some catfish have a largely vegetarian diet; feed them potato, lettuce, cucumber or blanched peas. Some of these will have to be weighted down, or held in place with a commercially available 'lettuce grip'. As with all fish, do not over feed; remove uneaten vegetable matter after a couple days


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