Enrichment for your fish
Pet fish need enrichment. That is, something to keep them entertained! This could be objects in their tank such as plants or ornaments to keep them busy and engaged.
How to provide enrichment for your fish:
Firstly, be sure you have a tank that has the space to include additions. Check this article on how to choose fish for your aquarium.
A small tank with nothing in it would be a pretty boring place to live! Unless of course you have a certain breed of fish where this is required. Be sure to find a tank that has the space for your fish not only to swim around freely, but also so you can add enrichment.
Plants are an easy way to jazz up a tank. They add an extra layer of fun for your fish and look fantastic. Common plants are Cryptocoryne (a low-growing plant that spreads across the bottom of the tank) and Water Wisteria.
Adding ornaments to your fish tank isn’t just about making sure the tank looks great. There are many options such as rocks, decorations like castles or caves, hoops and shells. Adding ornaments will give your fish plenty to do as they weave in and out and play. Select a few pieces and see how your fish responds. Don’t forget to change them around and offer new enrichment options from time to time.
A couple of other fish tips
Try and choose naturally made ornaments where possible such as old coral, driftwood, marble and stone. Be wary of cheaply made ornaments that could chip or have paint strip away from them.
Also, fresh and tropical fish have different requirements, so be sure to check in with your pet store or pet supplier about what are the best fish enrichment options – especially when it comes to plants.
Also remember that another form of enrichment can be another fish! Of course find out if your fish breed will happily share their space, if there is room and what sort of fish is a good match – but it’s a great option.
Have fun decorating your fish tank for your scaly friend!