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Eco-Friendly Fish Keeping: Tips and Guidelines

Jun 2, 2008
Raising fish is a fantastic pastime. Watching your fish swim around their tank can be very tranquil and peaceful. It may even replace prime time TV as your favorite thing to watch as you try to wind down at the end of a hectic day. Your home will be more beautiful after the addition of an aquarium, and the beautiful varieties of fish you can put inside can take your breath away.

However, people now talk about the environmental problems caused by the commercial aquarium industry. You definitely do not want to be a part of the damaging process of fish harvesting that may be followed in this industry. For example, tropical fish are sometimes captured using cyanide, which kills almost 50% of the fish exposed to this material. Furthermore, using cyanide causes considerable damage to the coral reefs which are considered homes of these beautiful fish.

For this reason, you want to take pleasure from this soothing and delightful pastime in ways which do not cause damage to nature's delicate ecological balance. How do you ensure that your home tank is ecologically friendly? We have some suggestions so that you can populate a lovely aquarium and still not hurt either the environment or the amazing creatures which swim in it.

1) Select for your tank only those fish which were farm raised and not caught in open waters. This means you can ensure that you have pets whose capture did not involve harm being done to their original habitats. The Internet offers a great many sources for locating these sorts of fishes for your home aquarium.

2) If you have a marine, or saltwater, aquarium, then contact a local aquarium hobby club. They can give you a lot of information about breeding plants and tropical fish. They can also help you find fish that were bred in captivity.

3) Have you thought about getting a freshwater aquarium as opposed to a marine aquarium? Over 90% of freshwater fish that are kept in an aquarium are bred in captivity, and the aquarium itself is much easier to tend to. The fish that are sold for freshwater aquariums can be every bit as beautiful as their saltwater counterparts.

4) Before making a decision on which fish to purchase, make sure to ask where it came from. If your local pet shop does not know, it is a good idea to find a place that is more environmentally friendly or perhaps look into a specialty aquarium shop.

A most satisfying and rewarding hobby is keeping fish and having an aquarium. If you give your fish the proper care, they will give you countless hours of enjoyment and great relaxation. There have been studies which suggested that you can lower your stress level by spending time watching fish in an aquarium. It will be that much more relaxing to watch your fish and take care of them if you know they have been brought up in captivity.

Making sure that you raise your fish in an eco-friendly aquarium home means that you are doing your part to protect endangered coral reefs or tropical fish. Best of luck and have fun with your new aquarium!
About the Author
Thinking of exploring the wonderful hobby of keeping aquarium fish? Read about eco-friendly fish tanks plus more fish keeping articles on www.aquariumfishtoday.com.
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