Tropical Aquarium Supplies
Creating and maintaining a healthy, beautiful environment where your tropical aquarium animals can thrive is easier when you use the correct supplies created especially for tropical aquariums.
Decorations enhance the beauty of your aquarium while providing an interesting environment for your tropical animals. Consider the size of your aquarium, type of fish you have (and plan to add) and your budget.
Use caution when adding decorations to your tank that are not from a fish store. Wash all items carefully; do not use soap as soap residue can be toxic to your tropical animals. Clean natural materials like driftwood, gravel and rock thoroughly to remove possible harmful organisms. Be cautious about adding anything painted or coated as these may be toxic to your tropical animals.
- Dry food offers convenience, variety and balanced nutrition.
- Frozen food is more natural. It has added nutrients so it's the healthiest of the three styles. Frozen food increases feeding activity.
- Live food increases feeding activity the most so it's a good choice if you have a fish that isn't eating. Live food is the most natural (yet not the healthiest).
How much should you feed your fish? The amount of food depends on the size and number of fish and invertebrates in your aquarium. If the food is not completely eaten in 2 minutes it's too much. Be careful not to over feed. Uneaten food will decay and make the aquarium water toxic.
Add media and resins to your filtration system to selectively remove substances from your aquarium water. Activated carbon, for example, is an adsorptive media. It's used to remove toxins, medications, dyes, etc. Resins use ion-exchange to remove ammonia, nitrate, phosphate and other harmful organisms.
Use specific medications to treat or prevent infections. Check the physical condition of your fish each time you feed them. Call or visit Blue Sierra Exotics for medication recommendations.
Signs of illness:
- Fins compressed or misshapen
- Gills that are swollen or inflamed
- Swimming on its side
Use water testing kits to analyze your water quality. If your fish are unhealthy your first step should be to test the water. A water test can help diagnose the cause of the problem or eliminate possible causes. There are a variety of kits for both fresh water fish and salt water fish.
The right supplies can help you create and maintain an aquarium your fish, invertebrates and live corals will thrive in. Blue Sierra Exotics only carries products we've used ourselves and recommend.