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Old 03-28-2012, 09:38 PM   #41
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Once a guy at petsmart told me I could keep either a manguanese cichlid or two oscars in a 29 gallon tank... And I almost did!
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:14 PM   #42
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I read on the Internet to keep a goldfish in a bowl only fill it half full so there is more water surface area. Oh the agony!!
My mother got told that one when I was a kid. We had fancy goldfish in a 1 gallon bowl only filled halfway!! :/
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:57 PM   #43
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I hear this all the time ; don't change your water till your aquarium's done cycling
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:25 AM   #44
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I hear this all the time ; don't change your water till your aquarium's done cycling
What about fish less cycling?
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:31 AM   #45
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With fish less I heard that you don't have to change the water unless the ammonia is above a certain point, but don't quote me on that it's just something I heard in passing!
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:58 AM   #46
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A friend of mine told me that she sucked at keeping fish. I asked her what she had and she said she had a bowl with two of "those betta fish things" and they killed each other. They guy at Walmart told her two would get along just fine! She thought it was something she did, apparently she had never heard them called Siamese fighting fish. Another instance of needing to do research before purchase, though.

A few more :
1. Just use aquarium salt to make brackish water. Even better, on the little "care" card for green spotted puffers at Walmart it says they prefer brackish water, so add 2 teaspoons of aquarium salt per gallon or something like that. Wrong salt, and not enough of it...
2. African cichlids should be fed feeders regularly because they are aggressive. Wrong, too much protein can kill them!
3. You should just change all the water every couple months instead of weekly partial water changes.
4. pH must be 7.0 to keep tropical fish, or to keep such and such fish you have to have a pH of such and such, and if your pH is any lower or higher you need to use chemicals to make it neutral/whatever exact number you were given. Fish are very adaptable and most, especially if they are tank bred, can and will do fine within a pretty large range of pH.
5. Products like ammonia lock or ammonia removing filter media are necessary for the health of fish. They really just stall or kill your cycle. Ammo lock can be pretty useful in a dire emergency, though.
6. Test strips are the best testing method because they are quick and easy and have less room for error.
7. Water changes are bad for fish...
8. You can put 5 fish in a little 2 gallon tank.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:58 AM   #47
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6. Test strips are the best testing method because they are quick and easy and have less room for error.

Was so gonna say that!

I think that another one is feeding 2-3 times a day is bad advice as it leads to wasted food, which in turns can havoc a tanks parameters and lead to nasties.

Another one is that a bala shark can go in a 20g community tank. Ya that one was a doozy when u heard it at best west pet foods. I almost ended up giving the employee a good wallop with a 25 pound bag of cat litter for saying that. Thankfully I know the manager there and had a few words with her. And I haven't seen that employee since
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:08 AM   #48
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The WOOOOOORRRSSSTTTT advice has to be........to not join AA
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:12 PM   #49
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"6. Test strips are the best testing method because they are quick and easy and have less room for error."

Even in labs, test strips are a joke. Only the pH ones will ever be used and it's for a quick way to make sure your solution is acidic/basic when doing millions of steps to make sure you are on track.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #50
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That you have to have some kind of "aquarium" substrate for your tank. I hate this one. When I first started fish keeping I wasted so much money on that advice.
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