My ad­vice for be­gin­ners

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Tankcommunity -

Find a good lo­cal fish shop

and build a re­la­tion­ship with the staff who will share their ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge with you as well as give you a ‘heads up’ as to when the best stock ar­rives.

Write an aquar­ium log

to keep notes of things such as dates you added live­stock, test re­sults, changes to light­ing, flow and wa­ter pa­ram­e­ters. This in­for­ma­tion will be in­valu­able should you run in to any prob­lems.

In­vest in an RO fil­ter

and mix your own salt­wa­ter; not only will this save you time and money in the long run but you can be sure that your wa­ter al­ways has the op­ti­mum pa­ram­e­ters for your sys­tem.

Make any changes slowly

and only one thing at a time; if you make mul­ti­ple changes at the same time you won’t know what helped or caused is­sues.

Save money:

Do your prod­uct re­search and buy the best equip­ment you can af­ford from the start. Th­ese gen­er­ally last longer, sav­ing you the ex­pense of hav­ing to re­place or up­grade items at a later date.

Save time:

Buy your own RO fil­ter so that you can pre­pare salt­wa­ter at home, sav­ing those week­end trips to the near­est ma­rine store. (This also saves money as pre­vents im­pulse store pur­chases!)

Things I wish I’d known.

The im­por­tance of a good quar­an­tine set-up. If I’d used one in my early days it would have saved me lots of heartache. Th­ese days I quar­an­tine ev­ery­thing wet for a min­i­mum of 12 weeks be­fore it’s added to my dis­play tank.

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