Looking After Your Fish Over Christmas

The Xmas Period is usually a manic time for you and your household, but it can also be a stressful time for the fish and creatures in your aquarium.

With all of the coming and going and partying over Christmas, it's easy to overlook tropical fish tanks and miss any of the warning signs that you would normally pick up on when something is wrong. Before the festivities begin, most people are likely to clean out their aquarium, replace the filter media, and conduct a partial water change.

You may also add a handful of new fish as well so that your aquarium will look good when your Christmas visitors come over throughout the festivities. You will need to take a number of precautions with decorations as hanging them too close to your aquarium can stress your fish (they may appear to be predators to the fish – Talapia Fish Recipe eating Santa!!!!) Colorful lighting is fine, but remember to attempt to prevent placing flashing lights near the tank.

Room/air fresheners should not be employed near the aquarium, as these may include unsafe chemical substances that could harm the delicate gill membranes or coral polyps. In an ideal world, the fish tank should not be positioned close to a fireplace, but, if it is unavoidable make certain to circulate the warm air throughout the whole space and prevent localized hot spots near the aquarium.

If possible, do not place any ornaments or decorations (or toys and buffets for that matter!) within close proximity to the aquarium as this will most likely bring people too close to the aquarium and possibly stress the fish. Remember to give them some space!!

It's Party Season!!!

Family get togethers and specifically Xmas parties are fantastic fun but do, by their very nature, create hazards for aquariums. Individuals unfamiliar with aquatic displays might be fascinated with the display before them and could possibly even attempt to feed the fish with sandwiches, cake, sausage rolls!!!!!.

Aquarium etiquette may be encouraged by putting a modest sign asking visitors to refrain from knocking on the glass to get the fish's attention, not to open the top so that the fish can nibble on their grubby fingers, or give the fish a swig of Christmas cheer!!

One less visible danger that may be encountered is increased CO2 levels which can be created from large groups of people being in the same room and particularly so if people are permitted to smoke. Higher levels can actually reduce the pH of the aquarium water, so be sure that all of the pumps are working at full speed to help drive off excessive CO2.

For really large groups, you may need a fan to circulate fresh air into the room. If you allow smoking in the house, air purifiers would be great, and try and keep any fingers with nicotine on them out of the water; it is hugely toxic to fish.

With a little bit of foresight, both you and your aquarium can survive the Xmas period.

Before things get too hectic, it is a good time to make sure you have the normal emergency supplies on hand for those unplanned equipment fixes (additional heater and pump), unexpected water changes (salt, dechlorinator solution, ammonia removers etc) or replacement fluorescent tubes.

For my supplies I tend to vist Aquarium House where I can compare the prices of aquariums and aquatic supplies from the top suppliers so that I can be sure that I am getting the best deals.

Good luck and have a very merry Christmas!!!!

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