Aquarium Mistakes Beginners Must Avoid

By | October 31, 2017

Aquarium hobbyists have big dreams and expectations about their pets but they do not necessarily come to be. This is because of fatal mistakes that they make as beginners. Some of these mistakes are avoidable because they come from misinformation. Here are serious mistakes that can be avoided and will ensure that you have the best pet fish experience.

Being In A Hurry

The desire to have an aquarium should not override that of having a quality and beautiful one. Hobbyists fail to ask for information or get it from the wrong people. Have patience when setting up your aquarium and ensure that everything is done right. This will eliminate headaches and frustrations that come when your plans do not work.

Overfeeding Your Fish

overfeeding fishLike human beings, fish have the potential to overeat. Know the right amounts to give depending on species and age. Pouring a lot of food into the tank causes them to over-feed which results in defecating and poisoning of the water. Follow instructions provided on the food and by the veterinarian. The feeding intervals should be once of twice a day.

Overcrowding

Pet fish require enough space to live a comfortable life. They need space to move and also clean water that is not surrounded by waste. Each adult fish is entitled to 40 liters of water. Filtration of the water will help you clean the water and provide oxygen but it will not provide the space required. The fish species chosen must be compatible with each other. If they fight or require different water conditions, their performance will be affected.

Lack Of Plants

Plants are used to clean your water by removing nitrates. In the absence of plants, it means that these nitrates are not being removed. This will result in poisoned water that is likely to kill your pets. Each aquarium should have the right amounts of plants. Removal of nitrates makes the water nutritious and tasty for the fish.

Poor Medication

Fish are living things and require regular medication. However, this medication should not be too much. A lot of medication poisons your water. Some pet fish owners fail to provide medication to their fish. This leaves them exposed to diseases and pests. Consult your veterinarian on appropriate medication for your pets to keep them healthy.

A healthy aquarium produces vibrant and beautiful fish. It reduces the level of attention demanded by the fish while increasing their activity. Regular consultations with your veterinarian will keep the aquarium in perfect working order.