So you’ve decided to pony up the cash and buy yourself some fish. Congrats! You’re not only on the right site, but you’re reading just the right article, since it’s on how to pick healthy fish. You definitely don’t want to end up with sick fish.
It’s a simple question, how to choose fish, but not exactly the easiest to answer since so much of it can boil down to personal taste, preferences, or inexplicable proclivities. The main thing is, you don’t want to pick out sick fish! Some basics, though, are the following:
- The fish have to be healthy. That means no clamping of the fins, no rubbing, no rips, tears, bites, and no panting. They should be as active as is typical of their breed in any given environment. If they’re not doing so great in the store, it’s unlikely they’ll improve after being brought home. Sorry, Charlie. Similarly, don’t buy any fish that were in a tank with a sick fish – they could very easily have poisoned the water and the other fish around them.
- The fish should seem well fed. Their tum-tums shouldn’t be concave, but should have rounded contours.
- Don’t be fooled by the fish’s color. Some fish just take time to develop their full coloration. In fact, some fish won’t even form all their colors until they reach maturity. The body should have some colors and still appear smooth. If you see any bumps, patches, discolorations, etc., keep looking. It’s nothing personal, this is just how to pick a healthy (not sick) fish.
All that said, even the fish wizards out there can be fooled when picking out fish. Simply put, there’s no guarantee a seemingly healthy fish will actually be that way once you bring them home. It’s not something to freak out or stress about, just a fact – and you should take consolation in the fact that beginners and experts alike are equalized by the challenge of how to choose fish. But with these tips, you can at least make that much more of an educated and informed decision about your purchase.
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