Fish are very low-maintenance pets; however, that doesn’t mean you can expect a fish to thrive if you simply place it in a bowl of water. Although fish don’t need visits to the veterinarian or hefty bags of food, they do require a healthy living environment, which you can provide by purchasing a tank, filter, thermometer, test kit, cleaning tools, and perhaps even an air pump and heater.
Whether you need supplies for freshwater or saltwater fish, you can find what you need at Petsway. We offer a vast selection of fish supplies, and our helpful associates can help you find the products you need to help your fish thrive. Plus, if you don’t find what you need at one of our Petsway locations, feel free to ask one of our friendly associates for additional help or contact us online.
If you’re new to the world of fish ownership, you may wish to explore the following fish supplies. Some are essential, some are only required in special circumstances, and some are simply fun. Once you decide what types of fish to purchase, you can start building a welcoming aquarium for them to call home.
Tanks & Decor
First, you will need to purchase a tank for your pet fish. Be sure that your tank is large enough for your fish to swim freely without bumping into other fish or the sides of the tank. You may wish to add a substrate to the floor of the tank, such as gravel or sand. You could also add plants, decor, and hiding places to create an engaging environment for your fish to explore.
Tank Equipment & Maintenance
You will need to fill your tank with dechlorinated tap water and then add a filter, which will remove chemical waste and decontaminate the water. This tool is essential for keeping the tank clean and safe. Another crucial cleaning tool is an algae scrubber, which you can use to scrape off built-up algae on the surfaces of the tank. To keep an eye on the water quality, purchase a test kit and correct the balance of the water when needed. You will also need to monitor the water’s temperature using a thermometer, and if the natural water temperature is too low or your selected fish require warmer water, you will need to purchase a heater as well. Finally, an air pump will allow you to boost the amount of oxygen in the water, decrease the carbon dioxide, and increase the capacity of the aquarium.
Food & Care
To feed your fish, you will need to purchase fish food, which typically comes in the form of flakes. For a special treat, you might consider adding brine shrimp to your fish’s diet from time to time.
If you care for your fish properly by maintaining their water quality, routinely cleaning their tank, and feeding them a species-appropriate diet, disease will rarely occur. If your fish seem out of sorts, however, stop by Petsway for advice and medications.
To explore our selection of fish supplies, please click on the images below. We’ve divided our products into those suitable for freshwater fish and those suitable for saltwater fish. In addition, remember that you can purchase live fish at all Petsway locations.