| Common Mistakes
Buying sick Fish
Fish deceases are usually very contagious (to other fish)
and are difficult to cure. If left untreated, your fish will
most likely die.
| Choose healthy looking
Avoid fish with frayed fins, damaged scales, bulging eyes*,
white spots** or slimy film on skin. Healthy fish are usually
active swimmers. Observe the fish you are interested in buying
for a few minutes before making a decision. Do not buy a sick
fish and believe you can nurse it back to health.
* Some fish have naturally bulging eyes (e.g. Black Moores)
** White spots are a sign of a common fungus decease called
Ich. It is difficult to spot on white fish and fish with white
dots. Always inspect the fish carefully.
|Adding Fish into your tank
| Adding the fish to your
tank too fast.
When you take home fish from the pet shop, don't be too hasty
and immediately dump them into your tank. The sudden change
in water temperature from the bag to the tank can harm your
| Float the bag with the
fish in your tank for at least 20 minutes before releasing the
fish into your tank. This gradually allows the water temperature
in the bag to match that of the water in your tank. When you
release the fish, let them swim out of the bag rather than poring
them out of the bag.
|Mixing different types of
| Mixing big fish with
Big fish eat small fish. Big fish bully smaller ones especially
at feeding time.
| Mix fish similar in adult
Big breed fish such as Oscars often sell in pet shops when they
are young, small and cute. They may be similar in size to the
fish you currently own, but in a few months, the Oscars get
much larger, and his tankmates become dinnermates.
| Mixing fish with different
|| Mix fish with similar
requirements such as water temperature & chemistry.
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