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beginner do's and donts
Topic Started: Jul 27 2009, 07:02 PM (785 Views)
IMIGHT
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Members, please post topics for our beginner members to learn what ,where, why, and how to start in the hobby.

TANKS : DION
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Eoibio
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^^selling all his predators ^^
A mistake many aquarist make is not cycling a tank...You HAVE TO cycle a tank for ATLEAST a month. After a month you can add very very hardy fish such as danios, tetras and corydoras catfish :)
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Most beginners tend to cram a collection of differently sized and shaped fish together, in the hopes that they are creating a "community tank", a phrase they hear too often. A tragic example of this would be the family who had a couple of puffers in with a school of neon tetras.
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Not all fish can eat the same foods as a staple for their entire lives. Many fish also have a change in diet when they reach adulthood. An example of this would be arowanas; who start off on insects and other floating fare but will graduate to much larger prey items as they grow. You cannot expect to feed an arowana flakes food.
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Many beginners are recommended to buy Oscars as starter fish. Unbeknown to them, these fish grow into tankbusting, destructive fish as adults. While they unarguably do make great family pets, most people are hard pressed to provide the means for it's comfortable accommodation.
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IMIGHT
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Always do research before buying a new fish. Some species are not compatible in the same tank because of temperament, space,temperature and some even need different water chemistry to survive.
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agreed! less than a year ago i knew almost NOTHING about fishkeeping! i bought 2 White Clouds to keep with my Western Mosquitofish and the Minnows were almost killed. now not very much info exists on Mosquitofish temperment, but ive experimented with it myself, they are extremely aggressive.

bottom line, like Dion said, if everyone researched their fish before buying, the hobby would be a lot more developed.
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Will
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Never remove the heater when it's plugged in. This creates what is called, to more experienced fishkeepers, a fire :P

Don't do 100% water changes, Unless recommended by professionals.

The people at your LFS are not necessarily professionals.
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Will
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Jul 28 2009, 10:07 AM
Most beginners tend to cram a collection of differently sized and shaped fish together, in the hopes that they are creating a "community tank", a phrase they hear too often. A tragic example of this would be the family who had a couple of puffers in with a school of neon tetras.
Another tragic example is the all-to-commonly mixed angelfish and neon tetra combo. Neons are the natural diet of angelfish, avoid this at all costs.
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be mindful of what is going into the tank. see thread "Possible Tank Contaminents" for more.
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