Part of the fun (but also aggravation) is researching to see what you can and can't do. I'm still new to the aquarium world but have learned so much! I love being able to teach my kids about water testing and water changes and why/when they need done.
My daughter (9yo) is currently planning what she wants when I allow her to upgrade. We have gone in the store and looked at the fish. She's pointed out the ones she likes, writes them down, then we go home and research them. She thinks guppies are so pretty, but knows that they breed like crazy so she doesn't want them cuz then she won't be able to have a variety. She LOVES the electric yellow lab (wants to name it Pineapple and get a Spongebob house decoration for it) but knows they require a bigger tank and will probably have to wait awhile.
She has asked questions at the lfs
, that I encourage her to then research at home. She had found that sometimes the answers are good and sometimes not so good. The most outstanding not so good answer was that a 1 gal
would only require a water change about 2x a month. SHE corrected the store worker on that one! Asking him how she would keep the (what is it mom? The one that turns yellow or green?) ammonia down with so few water changes? He was bright red after being corrected by a child.
Anyway, how do you teach your children, family or friends about your hobby?