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Keeping Tropical Fish - a new Adventure?
Eileen Church

Did you know that the keeping of fish dates back to antiquity?
It may be true but only recently has the activity become
popular among all age groups.

Have you joined the multitudes who have recently contributed to
the popularity of keeping tropical fish? It really has become
popular as many homes now have at least a small aquarium among
its furnishings. They may consist of a few goldfish in a small
coldwater aquarium or they may consist of several colorful fish
swimming about.

Your aquarium is most likely one of three different types:
coldwater, warm water (heated) or marine. If you are keeping
tropical fish, you almost certainly have a heated aquarium.
Remember, tropical fish come from the tropics where it's warm.
The Amazon, Africa and the south of Asia are where most
tropical fish originated.

Most pet and fish stores have all in one packages that include
everything you need to get started: aquarium, stand, lights,
heater, filter and gravel and other decorative additions. If
you're just starting out, this is a good way to go since you
will save money over buying all the components individually.

Be sure to ask the store personnel for advice on which fish are
the hardiest and easiest fish to keep. These may include tetras,
danios, barbs, Livebearers and Cordyoras. Also, don't add too
many fish at a time as the aquarium needs time to mature and
get "broken in". Adding too many at once will not allow the
tank to develop the bacteria needed to break down the fish's

Finally, a good idea is to visit your library or go on the
internet to learn about keeping fish successfully. There are
hundreds of books and sites which can offer a wealth of
tropical fish keeping information. A good tank, kept properly
can give you and your family hours of enjoyment and

Eileen Church has had tropical fish ever
since she was a little girl. She operates which is a great resource
about tropical fish. Be sure to visit

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