beginner do's and donts

IMIGHT
Baby Black Aro
Baby Black Aro
Joined: May 4th, 2009, 9:18 pm

July 27th, 2009, 7:02 pm #1

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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White Shark
White Shark
Joined: April 29th, 2009, 8:32 pm

July 27th, 2009, 7:57 pm #2

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 :)
75g (mainly) Discus Tank
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x1 Polypterus Delhezi 5''

x 1 African Brown Knifefish 5 1/2''

x 1 Kuhli Loach 5''

x2 Synodontis Eupterus 4''

x 6 Discus 2'' - 6''

x1 Ram 2 1/2''

x2 Kribensis 2'' (M&F)

x1 Peppermint Pikehead 4 1/2''

x2 Empire Goby 2'' & 3''

x1 Nandus Mercatus.
Filteration: Eheim ecco pro and a Eheim proffesional thermo II
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Baby Black Aro
Baby Black Aro
Joined: May 14th, 2009, 2:05 am

July 28th, 2009, 10:07 am #3

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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1.0.0 Western Hognose Snake, Heterodon nasicus
0.0.1 Ambystoma tigrinum Larva
0.0.1 Chilean Rose Tarantula
1.0.0 Teratoscincus roborowski
1.0.0 Goniusaurus hainanensis
0.0.1 Amelanistic Motley Corn Snake
0.1.0 Ball Python
0.0.1 Radiated Ratsnake
0.0.1 Milk Snake
0.1.0 Japalura splendida
0.0.8 Cynops orientalis
1.0.1 Paramesotriton chinensis
0.1.0 Pachytriton labiatus
0.0.2 Channa bleheri
0.0.2 Sepia bandensis RIP
0.1.20 Emporer Scorpion & Scorplings, Pandinus imperator
0.0.1 Unknown Centipede
0.0.1 Pacman Frog, Ceratophrys ornata
0.0.1 Xenopus laevis
2.0.0 Gonodactylaceus glabrous
0.0.1 Gonodactylellus viridis
0.0.1 Gonodactylus smithi
0.0.1 Pseudosquilla ciliata RIP
0.1.0 Odontodactylus scyllarus RIP
0.0.1 Chorisquilla sp. RIP
4.0.0 Pla Kat Fighters
10.6 Fancy Betta Splendens
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Baby Black Aro
Baby Black Aro
Joined: May 14th, 2009, 2:05 am

July 28th, 2009, 10:09 am #4

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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1.0.0 Western Hognose Snake, Heterodon nasicus
0.0.1 Ambystoma tigrinum Larva
0.0.1 Chilean Rose Tarantula
1.0.0 Teratoscincus roborowski
1.0.0 Goniusaurus hainanensis
0.0.1 Amelanistic Motley Corn Snake
0.1.0 Ball Python
0.0.1 Radiated Ratsnake
0.0.1 Milk Snake
0.1.0 Japalura splendida
0.0.8 Cynops orientalis
1.0.1 Paramesotriton chinensis
0.1.0 Pachytriton labiatus
0.0.2 Channa bleheri
0.0.2 Sepia bandensis RIP
0.1.20 Emporer Scorpion & Scorplings, Pandinus imperator
0.0.1 Unknown Centipede
0.0.1 Pacman Frog, Ceratophrys ornata
0.0.1 Xenopus laevis
2.0.0 Gonodactylaceus glabrous
0.0.1 Gonodactylellus viridis
0.0.1 Gonodactylus smithi
0.0.1 Pseudosquilla ciliata RIP
0.1.0 Odontodactylus scyllarus RIP
0.0.1 Chorisquilla sp. RIP
4.0.0 Pla Kat Fighters
10.6 Fancy Betta Splendens
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Baby Black Aro
Baby Black Aro
Joined: May 14th, 2009, 2:05 am

July 28th, 2009, 10:11 am #5

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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1.0.0 Western Hognose Snake, Heterodon nasicus
0.0.1 Ambystoma tigrinum Larva
0.0.1 Chilean Rose Tarantula
1.0.0 Teratoscincus roborowski
1.0.0 Goniusaurus hainanensis
0.0.1 Amelanistic Motley Corn Snake
0.1.0 Ball Python
0.0.1 Radiated Ratsnake
0.0.1 Milk Snake
0.1.0 Japalura splendida
0.0.8 Cynops orientalis
1.0.1 Paramesotriton chinensis
0.1.0 Pachytriton labiatus
0.0.2 Channa bleheri
0.0.2 Sepia bandensis RIP
0.1.20 Emporer Scorpion & Scorplings, Pandinus imperator
0.0.1 Unknown Centipede
0.0.1 Pacman Frog, Ceratophrys ornata
0.0.1 Xenopus laevis
2.0.0 Gonodactylaceus glabrous
0.0.1 Gonodactylellus viridis
0.0.1 Gonodactylus smithi
0.0.1 Pseudosquilla ciliata RIP
0.1.0 Odontodactylus scyllarus RIP
0.0.1 Chorisquilla sp. RIP
4.0.0 Pla Kat Fighters
10.6 Fancy Betta Splendens
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Baby Black Aro
Baby Black Aro
Joined: May 4th, 2009, 9:18 pm

July 29th, 2009, 11:09 pm #6

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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Kohaku Koi
Kohaku Koi
Joined: April 28th, 2009, 11:06 am

July 29th, 2009, 11:17 pm #7

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.
-Tig
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Stingray
Stingray
Joined: April 29th, 2009, 8:48 pm

August 8th, 2009, 4:14 pm #8

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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Stingray
Stingray
Joined: April 29th, 2009, 8:48 pm

August 14th, 2009, 1:25 am #9

micstarz wrote: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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Kohaku Koi
Kohaku Koi
Joined: April 28th, 2009, 11:06 am

September 3rd, 2009, 2:43 pm #10

be mindful of what is going into the tank. see thread "Possible Tank Contaminents" for more.
-Tig
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