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Old 06-19-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy Why is this so hard?

Was/is it this hard for everyone?

This whole fish thing, seriously.
I'm 15 and got into the fish hobby at the beginning of this year. Before that, I had no idea about this whole other world of proper fish care. I feel like I've learnt a lot since then, and have researched like crazy untill it even stressed me out. I've finally completely understood the nitrogen cycle and how to perform it myself. I've cycled my tank fishless and have bought an API Master Test Kit to help along the way.
Yet I've had absolutely no luck with fish.

I don't understand why; I try so hard. And what makes it worse is that no one that I know who has owned fish knows anything about proper water treatment or how to cycle a tank, but all of their fish lasted years. My mom never even conditioned the water that she used. Yet I can barely get mine to last a month.
Why am I so horrible at this?
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #2
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Don't beat yourself up!
It could be one of many reasons. You might just be purchasing your fish from a poor retailer.
I don't think your doing anything wrong.
Keep your chin up!!
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:28 PM   #3
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Don't beat yourself up!
It could be one of many reasons. You might just be purchasing your fish from a poor retailer.
I don't think your doing anything wrong.
Keep your chin up!!
Well, I buy mine from Petsmart. But that's only because I can't find a LFS anywhere near me :/ Do that you think that could really be the problem?
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Ok, lets begin at the beginning. By fishless cycling your tank you have shown a grasp of a) the nitrogen cycle and b) how to start a tank in a more humane fashion. What is exactly happening with your fish? Are they just randomly up and dying or is there something else?
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Well, I buy mine from Petsmart. But that's only because I can't find a LFS anywhere near me :/ Do that you think that could really be the problem?
Without knowing how the fish behaved and what actually happened I couldn't really say. But it's a possibility.
Some super pet stores are better than others. Even the same brand of stores.
The staff vary. The care varies. And the wellbeing of their fish varies.
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Ok, lets begin at the beginning. By fishless cycling your tank you have shown a grasp of a) the nitrogen cycle and b) how to start a tank in a more humane fashion. What is exactly happening with your fish? Are they just randomly up and dying or is there something else?
Well, I've never been quite sure, because the feedback I've gotten has always been different. With the fish I have now, it is showing very strong swim bladder disease symptoms after it fell on the floor (jumped out of the net). Also, since I had to put the fish in my tank because my sister won it at a carnival, the tank had dangerous nitrate levels (due to tank cycling; I didn't have the tank prepared for fish yet because I didn't know I'd have to put one in), so I'm assuming its ailment was also caused by nitrate poisoning and shock. Otherwise, I'm not sure.
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So you seem to have a fair idea as to what is currently wrong with the fish +1 to you. I will have to, at this point, defer to someone who has more knowledge than me regarding swim bladder disease and/or nitrate poisoning as I have no experience of either I'm afraid. However what I will say is that you seem to be doing everything right, joining all the dots so to speak. Persevere, I guarantee that you will come out of this on the right side and it will so much the sweeter. Best wishes and good luck x
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So you seem to have a fair idea as to what is currently wrong with the fish +1 to you. I will have to, at this point, defer to someone who has more knowledge than me regarding swim bladder disease and/or nitrate poisoning as I have no experience of either I'm afraid. However what I will say is that you seem to be doing everything right, joining all the dots so to speak. Persevere, I guarantee that you will come out of this on the right side and it will so much the sweeter. Best wishes and good luck x
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Without knowing how the fish behaved and what actually happened I couldn't really say. But it's a possibility.
Some super pet stores are better than others. Even the same brand of stores.
The staff vary. The care varies. And the wellbeing of their fish varies.
And thank you :]
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Was/is it this hard for everyone?

This whole fish thing, seriously.
I'm 15 and got into the fish hobby at the beginning of this year. Before that, I had no idea about this whole other world of proper fish care. I feel like I've learnt a lot since then, and have researched like crazy untill it even stressed me out. I've finally completely understood the nitrogen cycle and how to perform it myself. I've cycled my tank fishless and have bought an API Master Test Kit to help along the way.
Yet I've had absolutely no luck with fish.

I don't understand why; I try so hard. And what makes it worse is that no one that I know who has owned fish knows anything about proper water treatment or how to cycle a tank, but all of their fish lasted years. My mom never even conditioned the water that she used. Yet I can barely get mine to last a month.
Why am I so horrible at this?
If your doing everything you just mentioned ... then is sounds like bad stock .. it happens. You can do everything right ... but bad stock already puts you two strikes behind.

Keep doing what your doing ... the great tank will come along
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