December 29, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Other Hobbies
Some of the Cat owners prefer to keep fishes also. For those owners, this post is quite useful.
Most fish keepers start out with platy, neon tetra, molly and similar fish, but sooner or later many of us get an urge to advance from typical beginner species to more rare and unusual pets.
This is where a lot of semi-beginners make a fatal mistake: they purchase fish without first researching the species. They simply venture to the fish shop and pick out a few species that they find attractive, without knowing anything about how to care for them.
This is why aquarists with tiny aquariums purchase tinfoil barbs, even though the tinfoil barb can reach a length of 14 inches (35 cm) and must be kept in a group of at least 5 specimens.
This is also why aggressive cichlids are combined with timid ones, why fish from acidic South American waters are crammed together with fish from the alkaline lakes of eastern Africa, and why cold water fish such as goldfish end up together with heat loving Angelfish.
The list goes on and on. Doing some research is not difficult at all; the Internet is today filled with excellent tropical fish info and you can also visit your local aquarium club.
For more specialized information, such as specific cichlids info, barb info or similar, there are websites as well as forums to visit online.
By devoting a little time to research, you will dramatically increase your chances of becoming a successful aquarist. You will be able to focus on the joyful aspects of the hobby instead of constantly removing dead fish from your tank.