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March 1, 2014

Life in a fish bowl: Careful planning needed when setting up aquarium

Some say that tropical fish are the ultimate pets — the key to mental health, a peaceful humidifier, a source of perpetual scientific questions, an inexpensive alternative to rising cable TV bills. And there are those who simply love the beauty of fish. 

Louis Crim of Delhi is a relatively new fish enthusiast who made an 4-H public presentation on raising tropical angel fish at the Delaware County Cooperative Extension office in Hamden on Feb. 8.  The 9-year-old started his aquarium just 6 months ago and already has a wealth of knowledge about fish, fish tanks and responsibility that he has to care for them. 

“Just about anybody can keep a fish tank, well maybe not a baby, but anyone else can help with them and they are a lot of fun,” Louis said. 

Louis spoke to an audience about his tank, how he got started and more specifically the angel fish that now could call his tank home. 

The very beginning steps to starting a fish tank can commence with a trip to a pet store that carries fish. Call this a curiosity-seekers field trip that Internet seeking just cannot replace, because despite the wealth of information and shopping that can be done from your desktop, in-person looking adds so much. 

At the pet store, you can step along rows of fish tanks, taking your time to view the flashy swimmers and the mysterious shy ones as well as those who prefer the depths-of-a-tank, mid-tank and top-of-tank lifestyles. Looking at all the varieties, shapes, sizes and habits of different fish species is the very best way to begin. In addition, you can see firsthand how different gravel bottom coverings look, and how the variety of plants (plastic and live), ornamentation and tank sizes compare.

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