A fish out of water

Don’t make these common mistakes

Fish can seem pretty easy to keep – some water and food and you’re sorted. This is very far from true! And probably the reason why many pet fish don’t enjoy the kind of lifespan they should... We look at a few common mistakes fish owners make.

A fish out of water

April 23, 2019

Planning is vital

Our daily lives revolve around planning, and even more so when we decide to add an animal to our family – it is after all a living being you are responsible for. No matter how small the animal, it is up to us to make completely sure what we are getting into before we acquire our new pet. Ask as many questions as you can and do a vast amount of research before deciding on getting fish.

Feeding frenzy!

Overfeeding is a common problem among fish owners. The amount you have to feed will depend on the species of fish, but do keep an eye on your feeding routine. Give your fish about three minutes to eat. If there is food left over, chances are you’re feeding too much.

My home is too small!

If your tank is too small, it will vastly affect your fish’s quality of life. It will be more difficult to maintain correct water conditions, and chances are that your fish might outgrow your tank.

Too much, too soon

Once you have decided to become a fish parent, it’s understandable that you want to get your new pets as soon as you can. But adding your fish the same day you set up your tank might lead to losing some fish, and plenty of confusion! Once you understand exactly what type of water conditions work for your chosen fish and you have sorted this out, give the water some time to stabilise before you add your fish. Carefully prepare your tank, and then only after a day or two add your fish.

Too many fish

It’s best to start slowly, until you fully understand the dynamics of what your fish need to survive. If you have filters in your tank, they will need to be able to deal with the amount of fish waste produced, as the waste can cause high ammonia and nitrate levels, which can be fatal to your fish. Ask our pet assistant in store for more advice.

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