What does success mean to you?
|Snakeheads are the kind of fish some of us only dream about.|
This Channa ornatipinnis belongs to Alex Carslaw.
|A perfect example of successful aquascaping by Andrea Freel|
|Debbie Touhey has the nano|
aquarium technique perfected
- Research your species - the more you know about your chosen fish the better. matching the natural diet, water chemistry and other factors gives youth best chance of keeping healthy fish.
- Buy the biggest aquarium you can afford - Its human nature to want more. Almost everyone wants a bigger tank after a few months. Changing your aquarium once its up and running is possible but its stressful for the fish which could cause some fish to perish. It is also easier start off with a bigger tank. larger bodies of water are more forgiving and gives you more time to resolve spikes in ammonia etc.
- Have patience - Nothing happens over night in the fish keeping world. Don't rush into buying fish only to have your aquarium crash due to the biological filtration not coping with the fast increase. If your aquarium looks a little empty, try adding some plants instead of more fish. Remember, your fish will grow eventually.
- Make Friends - The more fish keeping friends you have the more advice you can get. Joining groups like Lothian Fishkeeper on places like Facebook is one way of connecting with likeminded fishkeepers. Joining your local aquarist club is an even better way of learning from other fishkeepers. You will pick up some brilliant bargains at their meetings too.
- Never stop learning - It is impossible to know everything there is to know about keeping fish. always keep an open mind and be willing to listen to other people who have experience in areas new to you. This information could be the key to your happiness one day.
- Have fun - Don't forget that this is your hobby. Even though it can be challenging and heartbreaking at times, you need to remember this is supposed to be a fun activity and try to enjoy every aspect of our hobby otherwise, when it gets challenging, it will be difficult to keep going.