How To Buy Fish

Now we’re going to talk about the very reason you wanted to set up an aquarium in the first place. We’re going to talk about how to buy fish!

This is undoubtedly the most fun part of setting up any aquarium. It’s like buying a house and decorating it yourself. You get to choose the styles and colors of everything! Before you buy fish you’ll need to consider a few things.

Tank Size

What is the size of your tank? The size of your tank is the biggest deciding factor when it comes to what type of fish you’ll keep. If you have a smaller 5- or 10-gallon aquarium, you’ll need to buy fish that are relatively small, especially if you’d like a school. A general accepted rule of thumb is one inch of fish per gallon of water, and this is assuming you have an above-tank filter and an undergravel filter. If you only have an above-tank filter, one inch of fish per two gallons of water is probably a better estimate.

Online or In-store

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Will you buy your fish from a general pet store, an aquarium store, or online? Each has it’s pros and cons. If you buy fish from a big box pet store, be very alert to their health, as their tanks are usually notoriously dirty and the fish are stressed and can get Ich very easily.

An aquarium store is the ideal place to buy fish because you’ll have a staff ready and willing to advise you on every aspect of keeping an aquarium. But if you don’t live near an aquarium store, you can actually buy live fish online!

One of the best places to buy fish online is at That Pet Place!. With a 14-day guarantee that your fish will arrive alive and stay alive, you really can’t go wrong! Their prices are competitive with stores, and you have the great reputation of Drs. Foster & Smith to go on.

Most aquarium enthusiasts want a community tank that will be filled with a few different types of fish.  Different colors, different feeders (top, middle or bottom), or different sizes, you’re sure to have a great time while you buy fish for your aquarium!

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