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Slow down Fishface
Posted By: Dr. Momfish <email@example.com> In Response To: Re: Yes, They Do. (Fishface_Jr)
Date: Tuesday, 20 July 1999, at 10:25 p.m.
In Response To: Re: Yes, They Do. (Fishface_Jr)
chances are you will live for many decades. As tempting as it may be, don't jump in and buy every interesting fish you see. Take it easy, you won't have emergencies and panic attacks, your fish will live long and healthy lives - that's what this hobby is really about. It's supposed to be relaxing. If you get wealthy and can afford lots and lots of tanks (and hire a student to do your water changes) then go for it. But seeing your fish succumb to various illnesses is discouraging and not necessary. Time is on your side. Become a master - quality not quantity. Let the tank mature and make sure the fish are fully recovered before you allow yourself to be tempted. Meanwhile, set up a small Duetto or other sponge filter in the tank you have so it gets loaded with nitrifying bacteria. Then get yourself a 10 gallon quarantine tank for the future.
If I know I have no room for any new fish I avoid even looking at the tanks in the lfs. I go in, buy the fishfood, pick up the odd magazine and hotfoot it out of there before I see something unusual that I think I can't live without. (I've been known to plug my ears and shut my eyes when the manager is trying to pique my curiosity about some new fish he's got in.) Keeping fish and marriage have something in common. There's an old saying that goes, 'marry in haste, regret at leisure'. :) Buying the wrong fish often ends up the same way.
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