Pet Fish Behaviour and Welfare

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QEL Code: 952

QEL Code952
Estimated Study Time5 hours
Start DateAnytime
Study modeOnline
Award typeCertificate
Assessment MethodShort answer questions to confirm your knowledge

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Unit 1

Cold-water fish

The first unit of this course addresses the basic dos and don’ts of aquarium set-up and includes: Aquarium size, aquarium substrate & decorations, air filter and water quality & care. A cold-water fish aquarium is the easiest to set-up with tropical and marine fish aquariums being an extension of cold-water aquarium set-up. The unit studies the most common cold-water fish species used as pets and with whom one should be housed. In this chapter, the maintenance of water temperature is stressed. The section addresses the different types of aquarium heaters and how to select the heater that one needs. Tropical fishkeeping is highly diverse; pet shops offer a wide variety of species with amazing colours and forms. We describe the most common tropical aquarium species and their preferred aquarium mates.

Unit 2

Marine fish

The second unit of this course introduces the challenging world of marine fishkeeping. Saltwater aquariums can be divided into fish only, fish only with live rock and reef aquarium. Your average saltwater aquarist will have a fish only with live rock aquarium and is also the type one should choose as a beginner. Therefore, the chapter focuses on the fish only with live rock aquariums. Here you can find the best tips for aquarium size and substrate, types of live rock and which one you should get, and saltwater aquarium necessities. The second part of this unit explores hand tips that are of value to aquarists. Community aquariums are very desirable, but one should be aware of species compatibilities and how to assess fish welfare. Moreover, some fish species are extremely aggressive; they require extra care. Finally, we address a question highly debatable in the aquarist world. Quarantine aquarium: do you need one? Some say it depends on the type of aquarium others agree that you should have one regardless. This last section discusses this issue and provides a list of necessities for a standard quarantine aquarium

Pet Fish Behaviour and Welfare Course

This course provides all the necessary knowledge and hacks for a beginner aquarist. The Pet fish: basic keeping and maintenance course are divided into four chapters: cold-water, tropical, marine and extra care and considerations. Learn how to set-up your aquarium correctly, and how to keep your fish happy and healthy.

Fish inhabit a wide variety of habitats ranging from cold-water lakes to coral reef habitats. As a result, the abiotic and biotic needs that each species has depends significantly on its habitat.

Also, we cannot forget about the space. Wild fish do not live confined to just a few litres of water; they can roam the river, lake, and ocean to any direction and distance. To ensure that our beloved pet fish inhabits an aquarium that mimics its natural environment, pet fish and shop owners, need to adjust the aquarium accordingly.

Pet Fish Welfare

Fishkeeping is divided into 1) cold-water, 2) tropical, and 3) marine aquariums. As a fishkeeping beginner, this is the first step. What type of aquarium to choose? A cold-water aquarium is the easiest to keep and maintain. A marine aquarium is more complicated, but this course dissects and contextualizes the all so often dilemma of marine fishkeeping to a more practical and straightforward approach. Next question, and the most important, which aquarium size should I buy? The size of the aquarium is something that needs to fulfil the present and future needs of your pet fish. Fish are continuously growing thus the fish you buy today might have 5cm in length, but in 1-year it might have 6 or 7cm, or even more in the case of fast-growing species such as koi or catfish or even giant gourami.



Pet Fish Keeping

Fishkeeping requires knowledge about a variety of aspects – not only about the care requirements for various fish but also about water pH, temperature, alkalinity and more. For example, an essential process of fishkeeping is water cycling – this is a long but essential process. One of the fails of a first-timer aquarist is an incorrect water cycling; if this happens, your fish will not live long. Water cycling is not rocket science; this course includes information about this as it is designed to help anyone that desires to have a pet fish.

Water temperature defines the type of aquarium and is an essential abiotic parameter of any fish species. In fishkeeping, this issue is solved with a heater. Tropical and marine aquariums need a heater, and the type of heater depends on the size of the aquarium, room temperature and desired water temperature. Now that you know the type of aquarium you want, the size you need, and how to cycle your aquarium water correctly. Do you want a one species aquarium or more? If you’re going to have a community aquarium (>1 species), be aware that not all species can be housed together. Betta fish is not a good aquarium mate, but catfish minnows are one of the most peaceful fish; which can be accommodated with who is highlighted in every fish species discussed in this course. The course also includes information on abnormal behaviour such as unusual swimming patterns together with common diseases.

This compressive course is designed to be straightforward. And, can be used as a tool for an easy and problem-free beginner into the world of fishkeeping. The Pet fish: basic keeping and maintenance course are divided into four chapters: cold-water, tropical, marine and extra care and considerations. Learn how to set-up your aquarium correctly, and how to keep your fish happy and healthy.