This is for beginners
equipment you need:
Of-course you'll need one No one is stupid enough to not have a aquarium, it can be made of glass or acrylic.It comes in many shapes and sizes, Marina Aquariums are the best for beginners because I have one too.:)
A sturdy base
This one is important because without a sturdy base your aquarium is likely to fall. Even if its just a small aquarium because a filled up Marina Aquarium is like OVER 90 CAN OF BAKED BEANS! One more for this subject is that never place the aquarium near a door, window (because sunlight is so strong that it can raise the temperature up and tropical fish might like it but we're talkin about goldfish and its coldblooded), TVs (fish don't really like sudden sound or the raise of temperature) and other articles of furniture. Fish don't really like big things because imagine yourself as a tiny goldfish, and suddenly you got picked up buy a net and SPLASH! your in a totally different place. Then a big massive hand grabs the bag and you are being carried away from your home. few hours later you got put in some glass box and you cant get out. Big massive fingers poking the wall and all you can hear is bang bang bang and some weird people talking and for the rest of your life all you can hear is fingers poking, water splashing and people talking.
The only way to get goldfish poo out off your tank is not by getting a net and start scoping. The only way is to get a slim filter, if you buy the Marina Aquarium they will provide you one. Goldfish do poo a lot, you feed them they poo, you feed again they poo. so if you want to have a clean aquarium then the best thing to do is to buy a slim filter.
Heater & thermometer
All fish is coldblooded which mean their body is cold too. you don't really put a real heater inside, instead you have the heat of a light bulb. Oh yes and a thermometer the ones you peal of and then stick on to the surface of the aquarium. It will tell you the exact temperature of the aquarium, you know what I'm going to stop saying aquarium and use tank instead. Gold fish doesn't like temperature over 24oC and also they wont eat at 16oC.
There isn't much to talk about lighting really, the tank must be lit for 8 hours to
12 hours. It depends of whether you have real plants in the tank.
Gravel and decorations
Only buy rocks, ornaments and gravel that have be designed for use in a tank. To remind you that you can only put gravel and decorations in the tank when it's not filled with water, after putting the gravel and decorations slowly put a small amount of water then slowly fill the tank.
Test kits and water treatment
ensure your water is perfect by using water treatment, you can buy them in pet shops or shops that only sell fish as pets. NUTRAFIN AQUA+plus makes tap water safer for fish and coats and protects fish under stress you should have it when you buy the maria tank, NUTRAFIN cycle helps to clear bad bacteria in your tank and helps to reduce the break down of your filter , NUTRAFIN waste control filters the tank surface and cleans gravel , NUTRAFIN clear fast clears cloudy water caused by bacteria.
Start with just 1 or 2 fish
(1) swich off the tank light, lift the lid and float the bag of fish for 20 minutes to let the fish get use to the temperature.
(2)open the bag at the top and add a bit of the tank water.
(3)wait 10 minutes and do it again.
(4)carefully remove the fish from the bag using a net( do not tip the bag over and dont add any off the water that is in the bag also use a Marina Fish Net if you can get one because it is softer than the normal ones and won't harm the fish.) Finaly leave the fish for 24 hours do not... I repet do not disturb the fish and dont feed it I promise it wont die......ok just put 1 peice of goldfish food or a tiny tiny bit. Then you should change the water once a day for 2 weeks and if it goes well for the first few weeks then you can get more fish but ask the staff at the store to recommend some hardy first fish.
AND THATS THE END OF THE LESSON FOR BEGINNERS YOU!
first, very crucial step: put it in water, like a fish bowl or tank.2nd step feed it fish food
3rd step clean the fish bowl or tank when it gets dirty
4th step don't kill it