If you are new to fish keeping there are mistakes that you should avoid, why? Mistakes have consequences; this means that if you make these mistakes, your fish might die. You see the thing is it is easier to avoid a mistake than to correct a mistake, look at it this way if your fish dies there is no way to bring it back.
The first mistake you should avoid is buying the “wrong tank.”
The wrong tank
By “ the wrong tank” I mean buying a small tank or one that doesn’t meet your fish’s requirements. Understand that Fish require space to roam and grow, just like all other pets.
If the tank is not big enough for your fish to grow into, the tank will become unstable. Take goldfish, or example, most people assume that gold fish need only bowls. The truth is gold fish need fish tanks, why? Gold fish can grow up to 18inches and weigh 10 pounds depending on the species; this means that sooner or later your goldfish will outgrow its bowl.
When a fish outgrows its bowl or fish tank, there will be less space, more bacteria and harmful waste, note that, that’s bad for your fish.
As a consequence of this you should first figure out how much space your chosen fish species requires before you buy an aquarium or a fish tank, my recommendation is make sure that your fish tank can at least hold 20 gallons of water.
Have you ever been in a crowd? If you have you know that you have to struggle for air, space and sometimes food. The same is true with fish, if you make the mistake of overpopulating your fish tank the water will be polluted, and there won’t be enough oxygen for all the fish.
Oh there will also be too much waste in the aquarium, that’s why it is recommended that before you put your fish into your aquarium you should know how many fish the aquarium can hold (you will need a tank size calculator).
And don’t put too many fish in at once or put them into the tank prematurely, it is also worth mentioning that you should never put “incompatible fish” in a similar aquarium.
The problem with fish is they don’t get full-this is because food passes through their bodies very fast. This means that fish can feed continuously as long as there is food around, the problem with overfeeding your fish is it can cause digestive issues and sometimes constipation. This is bad because it may affect the fish’s ability to swim.
In worse cases, overfeeding fish can lead to an increase in ammonia levels in the water and a decrease in oxygen; this is because more waste is being released into the water.
Generally the mistakes to avoid are:
- Buying substandard/small fish tanks and cutting corners when installing equipment
- Buying fish without researching about the fish’s requirements (buying on impulse)
- Overfeeding or overpopulating fish
- Adding fish too soon and not de-chlorinating tap water
- Using undersized filters
- Choosing incompatible fish (some species eat others)