Before we go into discussing how you can kill your fish by accident, we want to mention one main thing to avoid if you want to keep your fish reasonably happy: Don’t fuss too much and they will be much happier and healthier.
- Alerting yourself to things you shouldn’t do to your fish
- Reminding yourself of things you need to do to your fish
Go Away on Vacation and Forget Them
Before going on vacation, make sure you have a reliable friend who can continue to care for your pets just in case you are gone longer than originally planned. Another option is to purchase from your local fish dealer tablets vor automatic feeders, which dispense food to your fish while you are gone.
Always leave enough food to cover a time period that is longer than your intended stay.
Play Doctor Without a License
Many new hobbyists tend to overmedicate their tanks at the very first sign of disease. This is a pattern that many people learned during childhood. If we thought chicken soup and aspirin would help cure our fish, we would probably dump that into the tank as well.
A large number of diseases can be avoided through good maintenance such as frequent water changes. Avoid the temptation to pour medicine after medicine into your tank in hopes you will find the right cure. Seek the advice of an advanced hobbyist or tropical fish merchant who can help you pinpoint your problem.
If medication is necessary, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter and use a hospital tank if possible.
Stuff Your Fish with Seven-Course Meals
Many different varieties of fish food are on the market. A good combination of flake, frozen, and live foods help to promote good health in your wet pets.
However, you need to realize that a fish’s stomach is no larger than its eye, and overfeeding will rapidly foul the tank and eventually lead to disease or death.
Fish do not require seven-course meals each day to survive. If your fish are beginning to resemble the Pillsbury doughboy and are constantly getting stuck between rocks, then it’s time to cut down on the chow.
While browsing your local fish shop, you find yourself suddenly becoming attached to a large cichlid who looks as if it has been feeding on “instant grow” flakes for a decade.
You automatically figure that this toughie will provide leadership skills for your unmotivated guppies. Within an hour of adding your new leader to the tank, you are surprised to find that all of your guppies have vanished.
Mixing apples and oranges may be great for a summer fruit salad, but it doesn’t work in the home aquarium. Check with your local dealer if you are unsure about the compatibility of any species.
Add Too Many Fish
It is really tempting to constantly add “just one more” fish to your home aquarium. All fishkeepers fall prey to this Shoehorn Syndrome at one time or another. If your aquarium resembles a phone booth-packing competition, then you have probably overstepped the capacity. Remember, overcrowding can be deadly.
Don’t Do Your Homework
If you want to learn more about any subject, you need to do a little research. Skilled fishkeepers do their homework before setting up a new type of system and they investigate specific habitat requirements prior to purchasing unknown species of fish. Isn’t that one of the reasons that you bought this cool book?
The articles on Be Aquarium, a local library, and tropical fish magazines can provide you with a lot of extra good information that will keep you informed about the newest developments in the fishkeeping hobby as well.
Watch out for Neighor's kids
A mischievous kid can be every fishkeeper’s nightmare. This is the same kid who always shows up at dinnertime, skateboards through your petunias, and in later years, escorts your only daughter to the senior prom.
A home aquarium is often a prime target for the neighbor’s nasty kid who will drop all sorts of interesting objects into the tank, such as your cat, coins, sticks, and peanut butter sandwiches.
These offerings will not be appreciated by your fish and can prove to be lethal as well. It is always best to prohibit young children from touching your aquariums, and to quickly check your
tank for foreign objects at least once a day.
Emotionally Attached to Your Fish
It does not take long for a new hobbyist to get emotionally attached to their fish. The more we bond with them, the more we tend to overpamper them.
Checking in on your fish every 30 minutes, constantly fiddling around with the equipment, and rearranging the decorations in order to achieve the perfect environment just isn’t good for the fish. Maintain your aquariums, enjoy your fish, but don’t fuss too much.
Buy Used or Cheap Equipment
Always test used equipment before purchasing it if possible. When buying new stuff from a local dealer, make sure to purchase the best equipment that your budget allows. Poorly made or worn-out equipment will inevitably lead to disaster down the road.
Be wary of old electrical aquarium pumps, hoods, and heaters at the neighbor’s garage sale that look worn or have frayed wires.
Don’t get us wrong; we have purchased some good aquarium equipment at garage sales, but as the old saying goes, in most cases, you get what you pay for.