Ok so I started this new hobby about 5-6 weeks ago and wanted to share my experiences and things I've learned thus far.
Lesson #1- never add a dried star fish to the aquarium. Its a dead fish and will cause ammonia spike.
Lesson #2- Ask lots of questions BEFORE setting up aquarium. Nitrogen cycle is important!
Lesson #3- agronite sand is for a reef tank not a freshwater tank and will cause a high ph.
Lesson #3- cuttlebone works wonders when placed in tank for snail shells but will cause a high kh
Lesson #4- snails poop ALOT! A gravel vac is a necessity.
Lesson #5- driftwood leaks tanons (not sure of spelling) that will lower your ph and cause your water to look brownish. ALWAYS rinse and boil first. (that goes for all deco.)
Lesson #6- never listen to the pet store employees. They try to oversell and are undereducated. Google works best.
Lesson #7- make sure you know the characteristic traits of the fish. Serpea tetras are aggressive and killed all my fancy guppies.
*I returned them back to fish store.
Lesson #8- when changing subtrait make sure you drain water in a tub and remove fish from tank first unless you want a huge mess and mucky water.
Lesson #9- black sand makes the colors of the fish more vibrant; white sand makes the fish feel like they are out in the open and their colors dull.
Lesson #10- I've discovered how much I enjoy creating the best environment for my fish and have learned alot in a short time.
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