Hello! This is Ana again.
Today I’m going to talk about 20 Deadly Fish Keeping Mistakes.
I bet you are going to be a smart fish keeper because you have come to know about all these mistakes to ensure extra precaution.
I started fish keeping 9 years ago. These are my horrible fish keeping experiences that l would never ever repeat if I had chance to start over
So, I’ve got you covered today!
I also talked to my fellow aquarist friends to make sure l came up with maximum information for you.
These are the mistake we do most frequently:
01. Choosing smaller tank
I think I may live in a tiny room but when it comes to my pet fish, NO WAY! They deserve a 5 – star hotel room!
Well, this might be my emotion but when you bring science here you’ll find it’s hard to control water quality if your fish tank is smaller than 30 Gallon.
Solution: my recommendation is “going over 30 Gallon”
02. No biological filtration will definitely cause disease
When I started fish keeping, I tried to keep the water crystal clean and I kept changing water frequently. I had no idea about Biological Filtration or Nitrogen Cycle and I ended up with a few dead fish. I still feel pity because it seems I killed them!
Solution: to understand the nitrogen cycle you need a little study. Oh, sorry! A lot more study! These articles will help you know more about Biological filtration or nitrogen cycle
03. Overfeeding your fish
It seems to be one of the most common mistakes.
Solution: you must know your fish! Each fish has a unique habit of diet and their age or size tells how much you should feed them and how often. If you’re keeping betta you can see our article about how often you should feed your betta.
04. Overpopulated Aquarium
We are not supposed to keep our aquarium overcrowded! Why?
Because some of my pet fish are little bit shy and they don’t like other guys around them! LOL, l’ m just kidding! You might face problems with overcrowded tank while changing the water, while feeding them, while cleaning the tank and you might also mess up with everything.
Solution: the quantity of fish in your tank depends on your aquarium dimension and type of fish. Ask in popular forum or ask me in the comment section or use the contact form on our about page.
05. Starting with reef tank
We know how beautiful those reef tanks are!
You already know the circumstances in a saltwater tank is much complex than fresh water ones.
This is why a beginner should not start with reef tank!
Solution: Starting with a freshwater tank and choosing friendly fish will be wise decisions.
06. Mixing Incompatible Fish
I didn’t witness Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier’s fight, but if you put wrong fish in your tank you’ll witness a very high level of aggression. Be careful and choose best compatible fish.
We’ll soon write more on this topic.
07. Not Knowing the Fish
If you see a beautiful fish in any local store you might want to take it home.
Please don’t do this unless you know the fish.
Instead, you can ask the store owner what sort of breed it is, go back home and do some research. You might have some questions in your mind about that fish, such as:
• What’s the name of that fish?
• What type of fish was it?
• What should I know before having that fish in my tank?
• That does he eat?
• Can he live with my other fish or l need a separate tank?
08. Wrong Substrate
Choosing the right substrate is quite important. A wrong one can badly affect water quality.
Sharp stone can hurt your fish. You should study what sort of substrate is perfect for the fish you have chosen.
09. Not having a backup tank
It’s not only about tank… You should always keep back -up of your equipment and food.
While cleaning the tank you won’t want to leave your fish in dirty water. You might need to move them out of the tank.
So, have an extra tank.
10. Temperature control
I should have written this above. We can use salt or fresh water (both tropical) and cold water, but keep in your mind that each kind of fish has its unique required temperature value.
So, know your fish again. Get a thermometer and check it all the time.
11. Wrong Equipment
Always get the best of the best! Before buying it read our articles about Equipment Reviews.
I strongly recommend not keeping your fish in fish bowls. You won’t be able to add any filter or enough substrate into the bowl. Also, it’s almost impossible to maintain good water quality. Fish eventually die of lack of oxygen or abnormal temperature.
13. Not Learning Along the Way
Never keep any curiosity in your mind. Look for answers to each question. Always keep learning with passion about fish keeping.
14. Over Cleaning
It’s essential to clean your tank but avoid cleaning it too often.
15. Lack of patience
You might want to get your fish along with the fish tank and accessories.
I tell you to wait few days (until water is perfect).It depends on the substrate type. Add some live plants in this stage.
16. Not following maintenance schedule
Smart fish keepers maintain a schedule that includes:
• When to feed them
• When to clean water
• When to check the water(check it on a daily basis if it’s reef tank)
17. Not teaching the family member
Instead of asking your family member not to be concerned about your fish, teach them about fish keeping, especially about the basic stuff. It will help a lot.
18. Adding dangerous decoration items
It feels good to add decoration items to our fish tank, but we should see if there is any possibility of getting hurt the fish by that item or stuck into it.
Since we do care about our fish, we might feel too concerned about any of them getting sick and we over medicate them, which is not good. The wisest decision is to know first the disease and ensure a proper treatment or let the vet know about the symptom and follow his instructions.
20. Taking Advice from Anyone
If you ever take advice from someone make sure you are not misguided.
Do more research and share with other fish keepers and keep learning!
Happy Fish Keeping!
If l missed something here, feel free to share your experiences. We would love to know.