Keep Fish Safe And Healthy During Winter
Fish can become stressed during winter months, leading to health problems. Follow these seven simple tips to help your fish to continue to thrive when the temperature drops.
1. Avoid drafts: Make sure that your fish tanks are not exposed to cold drafts at night – close doors, use door stoppers and window drapes.
2. Check temperature: It may sound obvious but take the time to check the temperature of your tank with a thermometer. Make sure the water temperature hasn’t dropped below ideal conditions for your fish.
3. Check the size of your heater: Use the manufacturer’s recommendations to check that your heater is big enough for your tank.
4. Check water parameters: Eliminate any other stresses and ensure that your water quality is correct for the fish you keep. Purchase a quality testing kit and test your water regularly. To prevent issues, keep the tank clean and check that your filters are fully operational.
5. Avoid large water changes: Filling the tank with cold water can reduce the temperature significantly, leading to stress and disease. Try more frequent, but smaller, water changes instead.
6. Treat with medication as needed: Fish under temperature stress can commonly suffer from fungal disease or white spot. Keep an eye out for these, and treat with medication as needed.
7. Feed a nutritious diet: Boost the immune systems of your fish and ensure they are eating a quality diet. Frozen foods can also be a big help in adding vitamins and minerals to the diet.
Come speak to one of the friendly staff at Parkes Pet Barn for further advice.