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Innes' guide to buying fish

Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:07 AM (#1) User is offline   Innes 

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Over my time as being a fishkeeper I have bought many fish and got home to find that they die, or eat each other, or I just don't like them.

I have a few tips to reduce this negative feeling.

*Firstly before you go you should think what you want, so you have a good idea of species you are looking for

*Don't impulse buy!!! - I know we all do it, but you shouldn't, I have a few species in my head were I know that if I see one I will buy it, this is not impulse buying despite the fact you may not have been expecting to buy that species, as you have already thought it through.
if you do impulse buy I guarantee that you will end up with a fish you dislike enough to want in your tank, or a fish which is totally unsuitable for your tank conditions or tankmates.
If you do see a fish you quite like you can always go home, log on PFury and ask about it, get some info on the species and buy it the next day.

*Look for illness in the shops tanks - and not just in the tanks you buy from, in many cases you will see tanks with not for sale signs, this is OK as it shows the shop is aware of the problem and are trying to solve it, but if they don't know of the illnesses they are likely to cross-contaminate it into other tanks and perhaps that tank with the fish you want

*ask for details of the fish you want to buy - ask things like scientific name (so you can look it up), when did it arrive in the shop? (do not buy new arrivals as they will be stressed and likely to die within days), water conditions (you may be asking about a species that is sometimes freshwater, but sometimes brackish - so it is a good idea to ask), size of the fish (do not buy any fish that you cannot keep at full size)

*carry them in their own bags - some shops would be happy to send you home with a betta in the same bag as some neon tetras - ask for separate bags for each species, and if you think it is necessary for each fish

*keep the bags covered - keep the bags with the fish in covered with a paper bag of something as this will reduce the stress on the fish

*Quarantine the fish - do not add them straight to your tank, give them a week or two on their own in a quarantine tank if possible to prevent infection into your main tank - if any die, extend the quarantine period

*adjust the temperature - float the bags of fish in your tank for 20 mins so that the water matches that in your tank when you release the fish

*do a water change before you add your new fish (even if this is before you go to the shop) so that you know that your water is good

*add plants so that any new fish have places to hide and feel safe

*always think of every species of fish you own as compatibility is very important - even now I sometimes get this wrong - last week I added an angelfish to a tyre-track eel and the angelfish was killed straight away with nothing I could do for it, so remember how big your fish are, and how small the shops fish are (in shops they look bigger than they really are because they are in small tanks and all the other fish in shops are small)
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:47 AM (#2) User is offline    

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Great info, Innes, thanks for posting :maaad:

Unfortunately, most of the time I already get stranded at point 2 (don't impulse buy...)......  :laugh: :brow: :rockon:

Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:59 AM (#3) User is offline   piranha45 

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haha, yeah impulse buy is a real kicker for me too  :rasp:

Posted 16 May 2003 - 12:39 PM (#4) User is offline   RhomZilla 

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Yeah, the impulsive buying part made me look no further.
But great info Innes!!!!  :rasp:
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greta job innes....impulse always kills me.  :rasp:
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 01:39 PM (#6) User is offline   Innes 

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impulse buying is the worst of all - as we all do it, and it is always the reason we all have some sh*t little fish like lemon tetras or sissortails or almost any kind of rasbora for that matter.

I would only reccomend you even consider impulse buying once you know about fish and how compatable the particular species are with what you have already - otherwise NEVER IMPULSE BUY!!!
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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:10 PM (#7) User is offline    

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nice stuff Innes  :laugh:

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bah, too many rules.. hobbies are supposed to be fun.. not tedious and agonizing.

if you have a 10gal, and impulse buy an oscar, good reason to buy a bigger tank :middle:

i have never quarantined my fish, never had any probs.

why does it matter if you seperate spieces on the way home if they are all going into the same tank eventually anyway.

meh, i just think this is going a little extreme.

Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:44 PM (#9) User is offline   Innes 

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OK if that is your opinion, but I have seen swordtails and mollies eat the eyes of tetras that they were put in the same bag as.

These are not rules, but guidelines and you may or may not follow them - its up to you.

After all what do I know?
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Posted 17 May 2003 - 01:27 AM (#10) User is offline   NIKE 

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awesome info innes :bowdown: i do impulse buying on fish food also sheesh  :laugh:  :laugh: love that avatar :thumbup:

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Posted 17 May 2003 - 07:34 AM (#11) User is offline   Innes 

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Thanks - the avatar was inspired by mt Canadian friend Snowcichlid, and that is also why I am appearing as canadian even though I'm in England and have never been to Canada - that and my flag is not an option on PFury........yet
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cool stuff u've got. helps a lot =D

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