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How Warm Does An Aquarium Need To Be For Tropical Fish?

If you will be keeping freshwater tropical fish in your home, it's important to make sure that you carefully maintain the temperature of your aquarium so you can protect your fish and avoid placing them under physiological stress. 

Why Managing the Temperature of Your Aquarium Is Important

Freshwater tropical fish come from regions where the water is very warm. Therefore, you must use heaters and thermostats to control the temperature of the aquarium so that your fish can thrive.

Some Fish Are Hardier Than Others

Some fish are able to handle temperature fluctuations better than others. Paradise fish are able to survive under conditions that are not ideal. However, you'll still want to provide the best environment possible for your fish even if they are very hardy. However, it's a good idea to choose a hardy fish if you're new to keeping fish because more sensitive fish should only be kept by an experienced aquarist. 

Buying the Right Heater

You will need to purchase the right heater for your aquarium. It's important to choose a heater that can heat your tank quickly because you will occasionally need to remove your fish to clean the tank. Then, when it's time to place the fish back in the tank, you'll need to heat the tank quickly.

The Time Frame for When Your Aquarium Will Heat Up

An aquarium will usually take several minutes to heat up but will not usually take longer than an hour. The amount of time it takes for the aquarium to heat up depends on how large it is. Also, it takes time for the heater itself to warm up. The amount of time it takes for a heater to heat all the way up depends on how many watts it uses.

Adding Your Tropical Fish

Once you have an aquarium that will be able to keep your fish warm, the next step is to find the right fish. For example, it's a good idea to stock your aquarium with cleaner fish that will eat algae and the fallen leaves of aquatic plants. This will allow aquatic plants to engage in photosynthesis and will oxygenate your tank.

However, you will need to be careful when you introduce certain fish because some species will dig up the roots of aquatic plants and prevent them from surviving. Also, make sure that the plants you add will also thrive under the tropical temperatures of your aquarium.  

For more information about tropical aquarium fish, contact a local company.