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What is proper care for GloFish?

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GloFish require the same general care as their nonfluorescent counterparts. Even the nutritional needs and the temperature preferences are the same. Feeding the fish once or twice a day, maintaining the ideal water temperature, keeping the aquarium clean and changing the filter cartridge at least once each month ensure the happiness and health of the fish.

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Aquarium water should be prepped before introducing the fish. Most tap water has added chemicals, such as ammonia and chlorine, that are harmful to fish. Neutralizing these chemicals is essential. Generally, GloFish survive in a wide temperature range from 64 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, but the GloFish company notes that the fish prefer temperatures of 71 to 80 F. However, quick changes in temperature, which might happen during the transfer of the fish and the changing of the aquarium's water, are fatal for the fish. At least 25 to 50 percent of the aquarium's water should be changed once a month. This can be done more often if it appears dirty.

It is important not to overfeed the fish, because uneaten food pollutes the tank. Experts at a local pet store can provide information on proper care. Lighting the aquarium during the day reduces stress and disease, and it brings out the fluorescent color of the fish. Lights should remain off during the night, as GloFish benefit from alternating periods of darkness and illumination.

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