Tropical Fish Store: how to choose a good store to buy fish from

Tropical Fish Store: how to choose a good store to buy fish from

How to choose a good Tropical Fish Store to purchase fishes and livestock

When buying a new tank mate for our existing community tank or simply purchasing new fish to add to a new tank,

these are the things to look out for when purchasing fishes and live stocks like plants

Example: if you are living in Canada, then you may like to search for Fish forums in Canada who can recommend a good tropical fish store to purchase your live stocks.

Heck, sometimes you may even find a good deal on the forum itself which may have its own
tropical fish store sales forum.

An Alternative way

An alternative way is to ask friends who share the same hobby purchase where to buy
new fishes and or live stocks. Word of mouth is a great way to know if a certain tropical fish store is reputable to buy from.

The last way would, of course, take time and money ( to travel around ) I prefer this method best as I get to see the fishes and live stocks
before deciding on a purchase. I would not purchase on the first time around as I like to look for the best value and widest range of tropical fishes I can find.

Of course, I would first do an online search about the tropical fish stores around my area.

I would read reviews about them and if none were available I would drive directly to the particular fish store which I am interested to get my fishes/livestock from.

When arriving at the Tropical Fish Store, I would look out for the health of the fishes / live stocks :

Are there any dead fishes in the tanks? I try to look out for disease in a tank, ie white spot, growths or fungal or bacterial infections in fishes. If there is STOP! Do not buy fishes from these tanks even if they look healthy.

The sick ones could have already passed on the disease to the healthy fishes as they are in the same tank and most diseases are spread through water.

Do the fishes look lively or stressed out? Fishes which are healthy tend to show good colors eg. Neon tetras, if they are healthy and lively
their red and neon blue will look really “glowy” and they will school together in the tank.

If you see any fish which is not schooling together it could be ill or dying.

Another way to see if they are healthy and alert is to put your hand at the top of the tank ( this is a reflex action of the fishes, they would all
rush to the top to see if there is any food available for them to eat) most of the time if the fishes are well kept they would respond to this action.

Things to take note of before purchase

4. Do you see any fishes kept in small bags which look like they’ve been in there for a long time?

This is not a good sign as from experience I know that fishes kept in small bags like these are usually not in good health.

You may see that fishes kept in bags like these looks stressed ( do not show good color ) and may have sunken stomachs which are
a general sign that they have not eaten for a long time.

5. From personal experience, I would select a store that keeps fishes in tanks with proper filtration. Fishes must not have sunken stomachs, as this is an indicator of poor health.

6. Other livestock like Aquarium Plants should look dark green and lush, not yellowish or brownish. The easiest way to identify healthy plants are Marimo moss balls ( if they have stock of these plants ) They must be a dark green lush color and firm to the touch.

Tips to keep your Aquarium Fishes Healthy

Tips to keep your Aquarium Fishes Healthy

Temperature Control For Your Aquarium

When it comes to caring for your fishes, temperature control is one of the most important aspects.

Although we may really feel the weather outside, your aquarium fish are more likely to suffer from any drastic changes to temperature which may occur inside the tank.


So the following tips are worth noting:

1) Ensure that you switch the lights off during the hottest part of the day.

2) Check that your heater is properly working and keeping a steady temperature. Water which is too warm may result in the fish suffocating.

3) If you need to make any change in temperature always do so gradually.


Regular Care and Maintenance of Your Aquarium

Regular care and maintenance should involve vigorous aeration and filtration. Make sure that you clean your tank out regularly to ensure that the fish remain healthy .


General Tips

Following these general tips should lead to a better environment for your fishes:

1)Limit the number of fish in your tank to maximize the amount of oxygen for each fish. It will also help minimize the number of times you will need to clean the aquarium.

2)Make sure that you think about the positioning of the aquarium – it shouldn’t be in direct sunlight as this may increase the amount of algae.

3)Research the fish before you buy. You need to check that each fish you put into the tank is compatible with the general environment and with the other fish.

4)You should change at least 25-40 % of the water in the tank weekly to help maintain a healthy water balance for your fish

Now you know the basic fundamentals of keeping your tank optimal for your fishes health and well being . Remember a well maintained aquarium is an one full of happy fishes.  Enjoy !

Why keep an Aquarium at home?

Why keep an Aquarium at home?

Aquariums at home are said to be the best stress reliever.

An Aquarium at home can be big or small depending on the maintenance and care possible at home. There are two types of aquariums -fresh water aquariums and salt water aquariums.

Salt water aquariums are more difficult to maintain than the fresh water aquariums as the ecology of the salt water aquarium differs and needs to be handled and taken care of with proper knowledge.


Your salt water aquarium at home looks more beautiful, appealing and colorful for the simple reason it can have wide range of fishes and mammals, live corals, anemones, crustaceans or jelly fish.

You can also keep some beautifully colored reef fishes to enhance the beauty of the aquarium and the movement inside the aquarium looks vibrant and colorful.

Some popular salt water fishes are Comical blenny, Angelfish, Clown fish, Blue lined triggerfish and Damsels and can be kept in salt water aquariums at home.


Some skilled and advanced aquarists keep squids and octopuses which creates an exact replica of the marine life at your desired place. The variety of fishes and marine life which can chosen to make the aquarium more vivacious and full of life is the main reason of its popularity

Prefer Salt for your Aquarium at home?

Before going for a salt water aquarium it is always better to study and research the ecosystem of salt water fishes, their food habits, the environment and surroundings conducive for their growth and development and the water temperature required for their survival.

The extra time devoted for the study and research and knowing the exact requirement will prove beneficial in the long run as starting a salt water aquarium will definitely prove to be a gratifying experience.


To start with you will require a fish tank, Substrates, Filtration System, Heater or Thermometer, power head, protein skimmer, air pump and water pump.

Whereas you can chose any one of the basic forms of salt water aquarium. Either you can go for the fish only, Fish with Live Rock or Reef system. Do research and make a well informed decision before you start your aquarium at home.