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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Don't Believe All The "Experts"

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that there are many people in the aquarium business that claim to be quote on quote "experts" when they are far from it (Thanks, Paul! lol!). On every type of media out there you will find videos, tv broadcasts, and information on the Internet about caring for your aquarium. Some of these give good advice while other fail to mention steps or just make mistakes all over the place.

Now, I don't claim to be an expert at anything but I do try to pass on to others what I have learned by creating this site. The most important thing to keep in mind is to do LOTS of research on anything and everything that you would like to know. Basically, Don't take what I'm saying and doubt ALL the experts; there are some great, knowledgeable experts out there that have lots of excellent advice to share.

The main point of this article is to show you how important it is to throughly research everything you need to before you start anything.

*This article is meant to be more entertaining than serious. I do intend however, to show you that not all experts are what they claim to be.*

Here are some bloopers that I found on "experts" that should be avoided:

He mentions: "It will help hide fish waste".

My answer: The best way to hide fish waste is to clean the tank more often. Hiding fish waste is never a good idea. A dirty fish tank will have lots of issues with staying balanced and will eventually lead to fish disease.

He mentions: The gravel is pretty much clean right out of the bag.

My answer: You should always wash the gravel before putting it in your aquarium. Even though it comes in a pretty bag, it doesn't mean it is clean. It might even be necessary for you to wash your gravel multiple times to make sure that all the debris is taken off of the rocks.

The best part of the video is that the video is titled: "Adding gravel to fish tanks". Did you see him put gravel in a fish tank? I think not.

Next Blooper: (You have to fast forward through almost the whole video to see the blooper)

Did you see it? The lady overflowed her sink while showing you how to use a python hose. If that is the way you use python hose by overflowing the sink and making a big mess, then I don't want to use one of those! lol!

Final blooper of the day:

I couldn't find a video on the internet for it but I did catch an episode of "Petkeeping With Marc Morrone". In this episode he "shows" you what you need to start up an aquarium. Fortunately, he did have the right equipment but he failed to properly add the fish to the tank. He added the fish too soon and didn't properly acclimate the fish before adding them to their new environment.

The biggest mistake that he made? He added WAY too many fish to the little aquarium he had. If you were to add as many fish as he did, you would have successfully found a way to kill all your fish in no time at all.

As you can see even the "experts" don't always have the right information. The best way to ensure that your fish are properly taken care of is to do plenty of research. :)