10-08-2009, 11:53 AM
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Research. Google information on the species and their water requirements.
Relying on opinions offered here or other forums often brings confusion. Too many differing opinions as to what will work with what. There are people here who belive it's ok to keep fish in unheated unfiltered bowls.
Published books however, are edited before printing for content ,and accuracy. A quick trip to the book store ,or public library, can save you money and dissapointment . I am troubled by the numbers of people that won't invest the time to research the fish they intend to keep but rather,, expect others who may not be all that knowledgeable ,,to provide them with the information.
When I began keeping fish ,there wasn't any internet and the advice was all just other peoples opinions. This proved to be costly both financially and with numbers of fish lost.
Today,, For someone like me who loathes most everything about computers,, I would be a fool not to take advantage of the information at my fingertips. The fish I care for deserve the best that I can provide and so I fumble my way to the information that is out there just waiting for a few clicks on the mouse pad.