As the title somewhat describes I am looking to get an idea on what everyone considers to be essential fundamental concepts in freshwater aquariums. Concepts like the nitrogen cycle to name one. Anyone got any?
Very true, and as a supplemental - “shake that nitrate bottle No.2 baby”Deku-Cory said:
Lol I thought that was just me. I thought I had a crack in my bottle!redmare said:ugh i know, thats the worst! i always wrap a kleenex around it for shaking it because i hated the little yellow droplets everywhere
So important!!! I tried messing with my kh/gh/ph at first to get “perfect” and got wild swings, my poor fish.Sorg67 said:Stable is more important than perfect
My test hasn’t been reading right (too high) and API said it’s because I didn’t time the bottle#2 to shake it for the EXACT amount of time, so they’re sending me a new one for free to test if that’s the problem! SHAKE IT BABYJibletjames said:
Ugh yes, I was told to get guppies for a first fish... god they are the most unhealthy overbred things ever.FinalFins said:Keep underbred fish
It's the test tube lottery - every now and again you get a tube/cap combo that doesnt leak and I've been lucky enough to have 2 like that so I make sure they are kept separate from the other tubes so I dont mix them up againHugooo said:Lol I thought that was just me. I thought I had a crack in my bottle!
But seriously though, API needs to design better glass bottles!
Usually it's because of their LFS trying to sell them the fish (I don't hate it, just that it is often mistreated) and stating the improper gallon size tank for it. Seeing pictures of a common pleco in a ten gallon is very scary.bgntoc said:
Yes, i feel like they're often sold as "cleaner fish" which is why people want them. The first aquarium fish I ever saw was a common pleco with some goldfish.Gel0city said:Usually it's because of their LFS trying to sell them the fish (I don't hate it, just that it is often mistreated) and stating the improper gallon size tank for it. Seeing pictures of a common pleco in a ten gallon is very scary.
When I was just beginning I really wanted plecos, but luckily was advised against (because I had a small tank). Without doing research I bought cories a few years ago, thinking they were cleaner fish. They aren't, but are one of my favorite fish to this day.bgntoc said:Yes, i feel like they're often sold as "cleaner fish" which is why people want them. The first aquarium fish I ever saw was a common pleco with some goldfish.
Out of 4 test tubes in my test kit, only one leaks, but I try to use it only for pH since you only have to shake it for about 3-5 seconds and you get less water/"chemical pH testy stuff" all over everything.Jibletjames said:
This is a good one, when I first got into plants I thought it was as simple as stick them in the substrate and they'll grow. Come to find out there are root feeders and water column feeders which need root tabs and liquid ferts respectivelyyeti79 said:Just like fish, plants need fed too.
There are no "cleaning crew"-fish/Invertebrates at all.Gel0city said:Your goldfish/betta/corydoras cannot eat their poop and algae and survive off of that. They aren't cleaner fish.
yes! i have a notebook with everything and i love itKoenig44 said:Write everything down.
-when you added a plant
-date you tested the water / including results
-when you added a fish
This way, if something goes wrong, you can look back and see the last time you tested your water, or when you added <livestock>, etc.
I have a magnetic hook that's on the side of my metal stand. I put my clipboard on it with all my info.