The First Aquarium

By Marjorie's Husband

THE FIRST AQUARIUM IS OFTEN THE FIRST EXPERIENCE FOR SOME IN KEEPING FISH IN THEIR HOME. THIS IS AND CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT AND DISCOURAGING.

THERE ARE MANY COMPLICATIONS ONE MUST AVOID. FOLLOWING THE ADVICE OF THOSE THAT CANNOT SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAIN AN AQUARIUM OF FISH, IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST DOOMSDAY FIASCO THAT CAN HAPPEN. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO SET UP AN AQUARIUM USING ONLY THAT, WHICH WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO THE UNIT AS A WHOLE.

SOMETIMES THE LOCATION OF AN AQUARIUM IN THE HOME HAS A GREAT EFFECT ON THE WELL-BEING OF THE AQUARIUM COMPONENTS. AQUARIUMS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED WHERE THERE IS AN EXCESSIVE JAR FROM SLAMMING DOORS OR FROM CHILDREN PLAYING. THESE JARS CAN CAUSE THE FISH TO GO INTO A STATE OF SHOCK FROM WHICH THEY MAY NOT RECOVER. IT ALSO MAY WEAKEN THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM. DROPPING A BAG OF FISH ON THE WAY HOME OR TAPPING ON THE BAG CAN HAVE THE SAME RESULTS. THESE THINGS ALONE MIGHT NOT BE EXCESSIVELY DETRIMENTAL. IT IS POSSIBLE ANY ONE OF THESE THINGS CAN CAUSE AN OVERLOAD FROM WHICH THE FISH MAY NOT RECOVER.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE AND REMEMBER, MANY OF THESE TYPES OF FISH MAY HAVE JUST TRAVELED HUNDREDS OF MILES, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF MILES, UNDER ADVERSE CONDITIONS. JUST IMAGINE YOURSELF BEING SCOOPED UP, BAGGED, BOXED AND BOUNCED AROUND FOR HOURS ON END WITH NO REST, FOOD OR COMPASSION. THEN BEING TURNED LOOSE IN A STRANGE ENVIRONMENT TO COPE WITH AND COMPETE FOR SURVIVAL IN A WEIRD COMMUNITY OF INCOMPATIBLE CONDITIONS.

I HOPE THIS WILL SPARK SOME THOUGHTFUL COMPASSION TOWARD THE AQUARIUM INHABITANTS IN YOUR HOME. THE WATER WORLD INHABITANTS OF YOUR AQUARIUM ARE DEPENDANT UPON YOUR GOOD GRACES.

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