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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:28 pm Post subject: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Some  Essential  Tips  and  Important  Factors  that  every  fish  keeper  needs  to  look  into..
 
 
 PFK  -  We  take  a  look  at  some  of  the  biggest  mistakes  made  by  fishkeepers  –  and  not  just  newcomers  to  the  hobby!
 
 http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4571
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:49 pm Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Nice     Thumb Up   ,  especially  liked  the  underfeeding  point....  so  true  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 12:29 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Good  points.  Thumb Up   I  specially  liked  the  point  no  9  and  10  i.e.  "Incorrect  use  of  treatments"  and  "Lack  of  patience"  respectively.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:30 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 nice  read
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:43 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Very  useful  and  quite  true!!!!
 
 Thanks  for  sharing.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:08 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 good  one!  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:33 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Very  informative.  All  these  days  I  was  worried  about  overfeeding  but  never  thought  of  underfeeding...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:39 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Very  Good  information  thanks  for  sharing.
 
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 Thumb Up   good  one
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 12:12 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 very  useful  information
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:51 am Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

                                                   
Mridul  wrote  (View  Post):                
Good  points.  Thumb Up   I  specially  liked  the  point  no  9  and  10  i.e.  "Incorrect  use  of  treatments"  and  "Lack  of  patience"  respectively.                

   Thumb Up   Exactly.  many  hobbyists  panic  and  rush  into  treating  their  fish  without  proper  diagnosis,  aggravating  the  case.  I've  learnt  from  experience  that  patience  is  an  essential  skill  in  a  successful  hobbyist.  
 
 Thanks  for  sharing  this  wonderful  article.   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:07 pm Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Great..  It  is  really  very  helpful...I   was  always  worried  about  overfeeding..  never  thought  that  they  can  be  underfeed  too...Thanks  for  sharing  Smile
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 The  10  biggest  mistakes  in  fishkeeping
 
 Here  is  a  great  article  from  the  practicalfishkeeping.co.uk  site  
 
 
 http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/content.php?sid=4571
 
 
 
 
 The  10  biggest  mistakes  in  fishkeeping
 
 Copyright  ©  Practical  Fishkeeping
 
 We  take  a  look  at  some  of  the  biggest  mistakes  made  by  fishkeepers  –  and  not  just  newcomers  to  the  hobby!
 
 1.  Lighting  on  for  too  long
 In  these  days  of  ultra  bright  lighting  you  can  actually  have  too  much  light,  and  have  it  on  for  too  long.  Your  tank  only  needs  light  if  you  grow  plants,  or  corals,  and  given  the  choice,  your  fish  would  much  rather  be  in  the  shade.
 
 For  plants  or  corals  10  hours  per  day  is  fine,  or  with  very  bright  lighting  you  can  have  an  even  shorter  photo  period.  Anything  over  that,  or  if  you  just  have  fish,  you  will  get  algae.  For  a  fish  only  tank  just  light  the  tank  for  viewing  -  ie  when  you  are  at  home,  sitting  in  front  of  it.  Ambient  room  light  is  fine  at  all  other  times,  or  how  about  some  small  LED  spotllghts  strategically  placed,  instead  of  a  blanket  of  light  across  the  whole  tank?  Algae  is  the  main  cause  of  people  leaving  the  hobby,  so  stay  keen  and  don't  give  it  an  excuse  to  grow.
 
 2.  Washing  your  filter  media  under  the  tap
 This  is  very  common  with  brand  new  fishkeepers  and  is  a  classic  schoolboy  error.  The  filter  media  harbours  beneficial  bacteria  (beneficial  because  they  convert  harmful  fish  waste  into  less  toxic  forms,)  yet  chlorine  and  chloramine  are  put  into  tapwater  by  water  authorities  to  kill  bacteria.  So  clean  your  filter  media,  but  clean  it  in  old  tank  water,  and  that  mucky  water  makes  great  feed  for  your  house  and  garden  plants.
 
 3.  Underfeeding
 You  probably  thought  we'd  say  overfeeding  didn't  you  –  but  we  see  many  more  underfed,  rather  than  overfed  fish  on  our  travels.  After  speaking  to  many  fish  nutrition  experts  we  reckon  it  is  pretty  difficult  for  a  goldfish  to  overfeed  itself  to  death  for  example,  and  that  the  resultant  water  quality  issues  from  overfeeding  and   uneaten  food  are  a  much  more  likely  cause.
 
 So,  feed  your  fish  regularly  on  a  good  quality  diet  and  it  will  be  more  healthy,  better  at  fighting  off  disease,  and  much  more  likely  to  breed.
 
 
 
 4.  Lack  of  water  changes
 If  there  is  one  bit  of  advice  that  we  feel  more  important  than  anything  else  in  fishkeeping,  it's  to  change  the  water.  All  owners  of  the  best  fish,  and  best  aquariums  and  ponds  in  the  world  all  change  water  very  often,  even  when  you  or  I  would  think  there  would  be  no  need  to.
 
 Water  changes  dilute  pollutants,  but  they  also  wash  away  hormones  and  pheromones  emitted  by  our  fish  in  their  captive  environments.  Water  changes  buffer  pH,  contribute  vital  trace  elements  that  deplete  over  time  and  help  to  fight  algae.  Whether  you  keep  plants,  corals,  cichlids,  Discus,  goldfish  or  even  trout,  change  the  water.
 
 5.  Overstocking
 When  compared  with  nature,  our  aquariums  and  ponds  aren't  as  big  as  they  may  seem.  Small  bodies  of  water  only  hold  small  populations  of  fish,  and  only  with  artificial  filtration  and  aeration  can  we  break  the  rules  of  nature  and  place  more  fish  into  a  given  space  than  it  would  naturally  allow.  The  result  is  a  much  more  colourful,  busier,  more  enjoyable  spectacle  in  our  living  rooms,  but  that  can  also  lead  to  stunted  growth,  heightened  aggression  and  disease.
 
 Keep  smaller  fish  in  a  given  space,  and  fewer  of  them,  species  requirements  allowing,  and  you  will  have  fewer  problems.  Want  more  fish?  You're  not  going  to  like  this,  but  you'll  need  to  get  another  tank.
 
 
 
 6.  Not  quarantining
 We  practice  what  we  preach  here  at  PFK  and  it  is  amazing  the  good  that  quarantining  newly  purchased  fish  can  do.  Many  ailments  cannot  be  spotted  with  the  naked  eye,  and  even  then  few  people  are  skilled  with  a  microscope  to  identify  and  then  treat  disease.  So  in  many  respects  we  are  all  buying  our  fish  blind,  and  placing  a  newly  purchased  fish  into  a  tank  with  many  other  fish  from  many  other  sources.
 
 Move  over  some  mature  filter  media  (place  a  Biofoam  45  sponge  inside  your  external  filter,)  and  when  you  purchase  fish,  fill  the  tank  with  mature  tank  water,  move  the  sponge  over  and  you  have  a  mature  tank.  Place  a  newly  purchased  fish  into  the  tank  (only  one  species  from  one  batch,  from  one  source  at  a  time,)  leave  for  several  weeks  and  monitor  their  health.  If  you  lose  the  fish,  they  won't  take  down  the  fish  in  your  main  tank  and  getting  compensation  by  way  of  a  replacement  fish  will  be  a  lot  more  straightforward  as  that  shop's  fish  will  not  have  mixed  with  others  and  hence,  cross  contaminated.
 
 
 
 7.  Not  testing  water  before  purchasing  new  fish
 Whenever  you  want  to  buy  a  fish,  you  should  first  test  the  water  of  your  tank  to  make  sure  that  water  quality  is  at  its  optimum.  If  you  have  a  new  tank,  you  should  even  test  every  day  for  a  week  before  adding  fish,  just  to  make  sure  that  there  are  no  spikes.  If  you  place  a  fish  into  a  tank  with  failing  water  quality,  you  instantly  have  problems  and  it  will  mean  stress  for  you  and  your  new  fish.  Test  water,  if  it  is  OK,  add  fish.  If  not,  don't.
 
 8.  Impulse  purchasing
 We've  all  been  guilty  of  this  at  one  point  or  another.  Fish  shops  are  like  sweet  shops  for  us  addicts,  so  every  now  again  we  spot  a  tasty  looking  stripy  thing  that  we  just  must  have.
 
 The  problem  is  that  the  stripy  fish  may  grow  huge,  or  eat  everything,  or  have  requirements  that  you  just  can't  cater  for.  Ask  an  assistant  about  the  fish,  tell  them  what  you  already  have  in  the  tank,  and  better  still  take  a  book  or  google  it  on  your  smart  phone.
 
 9.  Incorrect  use  of  treatments
 We're  not  fish  vets,  and  neither  are  99.99%  of  the  people  who  keep  fish.  As  mentioned  above  we  cannot  spot  many  ailments  and  diagnosis  can  be  shaky  at  best,  so  if  you're  not  sure,  don't  just  reach  for  the  medication  as  a  matter  of  course.  The  more  you  use  a  medication,  the  less  effective  it  will  be,  and  every  time  you  do  use  one  it  may  knock  out  some  filter  bacteria,  or  weaken  a  fish.
 
 Find  someone  who  knows  about  disease,  listen  to  their  professional  recommendations  and  dose  accordingly.  PFK  has  fish  health  experts  on  its  panel,  some  companies  have  customer  advice  lines  and  onboard  experts,  so  use  them,  and  get  it  right  first  time.  Arm  yourself  with  water  quality  data,  tank  stats  and  a  photo  of  the  fish  and  they  will  be  able  to  help  much  more  thoroughly.
 
 10.  Lack  of  patience
 Fishkeeping  is  a  patient  hobby.  Plants  take  time  to  grow,  fish  take  time  to  mature  and  develop  adult  coloration  and  finnage,  and  corals  take  even  longer  to  grow.  These  things  can't  be  rushed,  and  the  worse  patience  related  problem  is  stocking  a  tank  too  soon  -  quicker  than  the  bacteria  population  can  multiply  enough  to  be  able  to  cope.
 
 The  weekends  are  the  rush  times.  You're  off  work  for  two  days  and  want  to  cram  everything  into  that  time,  including  fully  stocking  a  new  tank,  or  putting  six  months  worth  of  fish  additions  into  six  hours.  For  the  sake  of  your  fish,  and  your  sanity,  don't  do  this  and  as  frustrating  as  it  is  to  just  wait,  you  will  save  money  in  medications,  test  kits  and  fuel  as  you  frequent  the  aquatic  shop  to  try  and  remedy  your  mistakes.
 
 If  you  just  have  to  buy  something,  buy  a  book  or  a  magazine  –  or  a  plant.  Don't  buy  a  fish.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 3:23 pm Post subject: Re: PFK - The 10 biggest mistakes in fishkeeping Reply with quote

 Rajendra  padhi,
 
 Welcome  to  IAH.  Smile  
 This  topic  has  already  been  posted  by  Joyban(Sujoy)  a  Moderator  here.  So  I  am  merging  it.
 
 As  you  can  see  in  the  original  post  you  do  not  need  to  copy  paste,  which  is  frowned  upon  as  illegal  in  IAH  anyway.  Though  you  have  mentioned  the  copy  right  it's  still  a  waste  of  your  time.  All  you  have  to  do  is  give  a  link.
 Kindly  introduce  yourself  here.
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