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There is a wealth of knowlage out there, including mistakes we have all made - lets share some so hopfully others wont.

My latests was I broke 2 tanks :( putting the sump pipes in or out (1 full of 2 week old fry got all out :) )

Ben:cool:

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trusting the word of a sales person at any lfs. Truth is most of em will tell you anything to get the sale....There are some good ones round though.

It cost me a lot of money when i first got into keeping fish.

I over come this buy learning from the net, sticking to one local lfs.

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I went to the LFS and saw their betta set up.....bettas mixed in and all ripped to shreds....

after yelling for a bit about fish cruelty i thought i will rescued one of them (couldnt afford more at the time)...so i left patting myself on the back for being a good fish person.....

i took him home telling him stories of the new peaceful life hes about to live and how noone puts baby in a corner......oh wait wrong story.....

anyway....took him home and just put him in with my Axolotls until i could clear space in my little tank........only the little betta decided to socialise and swim over to say hi to one of the axies....and GULP....byebye betta

oops :(

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this is back in my home country .. i keep 2x 6 inch koi in 9 LT fuel can cut so i can make fish tank out of it with out filter they die :( .. than my dad build .. ( well he ask him boys to build me i think 7 foot tank with brick and bathroom tiles .. still no filter .. i know when to change water is it goes green .. clean the tank with soap and empty the whole tank lol .. put the fish back in i wonder why the fish die .. ( only some lol ) . while cut gold fish head clean off in the tap while trying to empty the tank :o.. before that i use squzze the my sis fish to death and put them in my mum fish paste pot. We live across from the street from insane prison .. one day one the guy escape and jump our fence ( 6 foot high brick wall with spike wire on top ) .. he was throwing all the bucket and pans i keep shrimps and baby mollies toward .. our driver .this is at 2-3 am in the moring lol he couldn't get into the house cuz its all metal bars .. :) oh i use to keep prylon sharks lol not sure how it spell ...its been real adventure fish keeping ..

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lost 100 pep babies and my female breeder over this weekend. babies from knockin gthe filter over.

Moved the parents over to new tank with seeded filter. got a Nitraite spike, male is bad but seems to be better in another tank now.

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Biggest lesson learnt was with my axies when i first started in fish keeping :D basicly LFS people no almost nothing about them or much to tell the truth, although yes you do get some good ones like DFF :P but yer basicly what ever to get the sale, also never buy tanks from places like paradise pets MARK UP IS HUGE. 60 dollars wasted on the tank, axies kept dieing, couldnt keep ammonia under control because hte idiots told me (as a rookie) that the size tank would be fine for 2, sooo wrong if i go back to them 4fter with canister, fully planted and probably keep 4 :D. IF i go back to them that is.

Bottom line research alot before buying :) from more hten one source :D

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Fed a bunch of my fish some rock melon when I first started out..... they freakin loved it!!! But downside to it was, came back several hours later to find all my small fronnies and humpheads dead... they'd choked to death on the stringy bits of the fruit... d'oh! Very expensive lesson learned there....

Another lesson I learned, is take the lids off when doing maintenance! Don't know how many times I've cracked a lid by cutting corners and being lazy, not removing them - then having a fish bite or whatever resulting in the lids being knocked and smashed.

And 3rd most valuable lesson - when going on holidays, make sure you pick the RIGHT person to look after your fish. Come home to find one of my Oscars murdered and around $250 of food sitting in the bottom of the tank all half rotten.... NOT COOL!

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To get your fish to grow faster, a wise man once told me:

- water changes: do one bucket a day

- feed less food, more often

I'd heard all this before but my ebjd hadn't grown for 3 months. I started doing these things and he started growing within two weeks.

It all makes sense and I know I was just being lazy before. But one bucket a day actually takes a lot less time than 5 buckets in one day.

Thanks Ben ;)

Oh and yeah.. Don't trust the LFS (most of them anyway)

:)

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put the hose in to fill the tank up for water change, went outside turned the tap on, came back inside to find a fountain in my lounge room, the hose came out of the tank! fml

Exactly the same happened to me. I tried to blame my kids but wifey was having none of it. My display tank is now in another room on tiles as per wifey instructions.

Luckily RACQ covered the water damage - had to pay an excess but all the carpets were professionally cleaned. Good lesson to learn :D

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had a internal filter die and never noticed it until the tank was lets say smelly, so i put the water change hose in it stirred all the gravel up and siphoned out 75% of the water, left about 3 inches of water and stinky gravel in it was only a 2x15x15 so i decided to take it outside and wash it all out well walking makes a rocking motion and with wet hands turned into a disaster rather quickly as it smashed on the lounge floor cut the rental property carpet as well as the week old rug the mrs had just paid $300 for had to also replace the tank heater and filter. And i had arranged for the mrs to go have a massage as a treat for her after a crappy long week at work all up $75 massage $300 rug $75 carpet clean $50 tank $20 heater $20 filter and another $100 for carpet repair

doh wasn't what she said when my son spilled his guts the moment she got back into the car

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There has been a hell of allot of things i've learnt in the time i've kept fish.

First is that i should NEVER ever buy a second hand tank ever again. i just dont trust the buggers. ray can attest to my shocking luck

when it comes to secondhand tanks! had about 6 crack on me at least, inc a 4x2x1 that had an entire ebjd spawn (200+) at sale size in it (was not fun

rescuing them at 3am). Now I never ever buy or use secondhand tanks. nomatter how nice they look or cheap they are.

next is be CAREFUL with lids. im a shocker for breaking them as soon as i get the tank home. i now tape the edges of all my tank lids and haven't

had a problem since.

last is to never leave a hose unattended. and especially don't start watching tv or go on the computer because you can and will forget

you have the hose on. solution: get the carpet out of my bedroom and put tiles down! how did i live without them.

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last is to never leave a hose unattended. and especially don't start watching tv or go on the computer because you can and will forget

you have the hose on. solution: get the carpet out of my bedroom and put tiles down! how did i live without them.

Always fun coming back to a full tank and a nice puddle isn't it?

Luckily I never used a hose to fill tanks until I got a place with tiles.

Done it twice in the year I've been here

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I use to love going to different fish shops and looking at all the different things they had and get a bit of this and a bit of that and sales people would tell me things and I would buy them. 2 things I learned from this.

1. A lot of this stuff on shop shelves is not in nature and my poor fish was swimming in semi solid water and I was doing more harm than good.

2. I only buy from two places. 90% I buy from Greg at the Tropical Marine Centre up here on the coast. I go back to the same person and develop a relationship as that is how you get good advise when they know more and more about you from repetitive business. Do not expect good advise in a 5 minute conversation - it takes time. I support him and give him my order once a month and he calls me and I pick it up. If I find something he does not have - he gets it for me. If someone has something on special he will normally match it. Develop a good relationship and support your shop - you can not buy that on line...

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I only buy from two places. 90% I buy from Greg at the Tropical Marine Centre up here on the coast. I go back to the same person and develop a relationship as that is how you get good advise when they know more and more about you from repetitive business. Do not expect good advise in a 5 minute conversation - it takes time. I support him and give him my order once a month and he calls me and I pick it up. If I find something he does not have - he gets it for me. If someone has something on special he will normally match it. Develop a good relationship and support your shop - you can not buy that on line...

Couldn't agree more, I do same with my lfs up here.

Brendan

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Tech Den where is this shop ?

and yes i do this with josh from aquariums alive, the one at coomera (pet barn) they pretty much are just fish now, and also mick down at aquarium and pet land. But mainly go to coomera and josh now as mick's place is annoying to get to with traffic and what not. But have a relationship with all 3 stores and get great advice from all of them, although at coomera i no who to speak to and who not to speak to :P

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There has been a hell of allot of things i've learnt in the time i've kept fish.

First is that i should NEVER ever buy a second hand tank ever again. i just dont trust the buggers. ray can attest to my shocking luck

when it comes to secondhand tanks! had about 6 crack on me at least, inc a 4x2x1 that had an entire ebjd spawn (200+) at sale size in it (was not fun

rescuing them at 3am). Now I never ever buy or use secondhand tanks. nomatter how nice they look or cheap they are.

next is be CAREFUL with lids. im a shocker for breaking them as soon as i get the tank home. i now tape the edges of all my tank lids and haven't

had a problem since.

last is to never leave a hose unattended. and especially don't start watching tv or go on the computer because you can and will forget

you have the hose on. solution: get the carpet out of my bedroom and put tiles down! how did i live without them.

errrrrrrrrrrm yes hehe

use ya hose thingy i mades ya :P but dun forget to turn the tap orffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

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biggest lessssssoneddddddd learnedddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd

many moooons ago, i bought in some really exy fish, didnt have much tank space put em in wiff soemthing i thought was ok,, next morning fat fish no new ones left, about $2 worth of snacks hehe

was funny

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