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What Is Your Advice About Keeping Fish?


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Hi All,

I hope this hasn't been asked many times before, but I am interested about the top things you have learned through your fishkeeping endeavors.

This board has a lot of wonderful and interesting information. There are also a lot of people who are extremely knowledgeable to troubleshoot. When new fishkeepers join the board, they have the insight and experience of people who have lived their situation. I am sure many people have learned through mistakes as I have.

What would you say are the top 5 things you have learned?

Mine, in no particular order-

1- A larger tank is always better and more forgiving

2- Test kits (and using them) are essential

3- Always QT new fish

4- Don't just start dumping medication into the tank. Be careful when using any additives.

5- Watch your fish closely. My problems have usually come up when I have not been paying attention to my fish.

I would appreciate your input.

Thanks!

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1. Cycle your tank through Fishless Cycling First

2. Quarantine

3. Make sure your tank is big enough and get the biggest tank possible

4. Do proper water changes and don't let up on them!

5. Stock your tank slowly.

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My five priorities:

1. Using the biggest tank possible to accommodate any future additions and stocking within proper guidelines.

2. Cycling your tank properly to avoid stressing your fish. Patience is the key when cycling.

3. Maintaining proper water parameters through weekly water changes and testing. Take care of your water and your fish will take care of themselves.

4. Stock your tank gradually and QT new fish before adding to the main tank.

5. Observe your fish as much as possible to learn their habits and to alert you of any oncoming issues.

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1. Water Quality can solve a lot of issues.

2. Be patient, changing too many things too fast can be harmful.

3. Prevention is the key.

4. Don't be afraid to ask questions (on kokos).

(I only got 4 sorry)

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1. Water Quality can solve a lot of issues.

2. Be patient, changing too many things too fast can be harmful.

3. Prevention is the key.

4. Don't be afraid to ask questions (on kokos).

(I only got 4 sorry)

Ha! Your 4 cover a lot.

The water quality is so very important. I consider that in with the water testing.

As for your number 4- a big yes. And don't believe what someone tells you just because they are selling fish.

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Research for sure, Hidr!

Understock your tank if you can help it!

Understand the science behind the cycle - This is usually what persuades people I talk to that goldies belong in tanks. I can only give a crash course, but mentioning the word "poop" in conjunction with it all grabs attention!

I'm not a fish keeper, I'm a water balance specialist. Haha.

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all of the above and REGULAR water changes.. matching PH levels and teperature is very important.

feed good quality foods, stay away from flakes.. try to make your own gel food and DON'T overfeed.. this will keep your fish healthy and the water as clean as possible between changes.

when you test your water params, test all the kits available to you.. don't just go the nitrates, you never know when something is getting out of balance.

try to go bare bottom.. if not, make sure you understand how to siphon correctly

don't use hollow ornaments. they harbour bacteria that is harmful to your fish.

and if something isn't right, don't panic!... post away and we will be happy to help.. no question is too silly :)

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Hi All,

I hope this hasn't been asked many times before, but I am interested about the top things you have learned through your fishkeeping endeavors.

This board has a lot of wonderful and interesting information. There are also a lot of people who are extremely knowledgeable to troubleshoot. When new fishkeepers join the board, they have the insight and experience of people who have lived their situation. I am sure many people have learned through mistakes as I have.

What would you say are the top 5 things you have learned?

Mine, in no particular order-

1- A larger tank is always better and more forgiving

2- Test kits (and using them) are essential

3- Always QT new fish

4- Don't just start dumping medication into the tank. Be careful when using any additives.

5- Watch your fish closely. My problems have usually come up when I have not been paying attention to my fish.

I would appreciate your input.

Thanks!

1- A larger tank is always better IF lightly stocked, otherwise you are back to square #1.

2 - Always QT new fish because it beats losing every fish in the tank to a plague.

3- Most fish sitters are so careless that a auto feeder is the best.

4- Trying to save sickly , genetically compromised and disease prone fish is a lost cause.

5 - Breeding fish is a lost cause if there no demand for them.

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1. Read read read

2. Always check your KH and Ph (you never know when it will crash your cycle)

3. Dont over clean your filters.

4. use meds lightly. Over medicating your fish can kill them.

5. Always spend time everyday and watch your fish.

These are the top 5 things i learned over the years :)

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