It’s always great to hear about someone getting into the rewarding
hobby of aquarium keeping, however too many people are usually scared
away after they buy a tank and all the latest and greatest gear, only
to find that they can’t keep their fish alive. While sometimes it’s
easy to pick out the reason fish are dying, other times aquarium keepers
may not understand why they’re struggling despite their best efforts
and tons of constructive advice. Here are some of the most common reasons
why your fish are unable to survive.
New Tank Syndrome: When you first add fish to a new tank, the massive change in the environment
can shock their immune system, leading to illness that eventually causes
them to die.
Poor water quality: Rotting food, waste, and even the fish themselves create ammonia which
is secreted into the water. Ammonia is extremely hazardous to your fish,
and too much of it creates bad water quality, which can cause your fish
to die. This problem can be exacerbated by too-infrequent water changes
or even overcrowding your tank.
Overfeeding: Nobody wants their fish to die because they didn’t feed them enough.
However, feeding them too much is harmful as well. Uneaten food sinks
to the bottom of your tank, rotting and creating ammonia, which harms
your fish. However, getting a bottom-feeder breed can reduce this issue.
Temperature: Water that’s too warm or too cold, even by just a few degrees, can
lead to serious health complications. If you’re struggling to keep
the water in your tank at a suitable temperature, a tank heater may be
a valuable investment.
Illness: Fish become ill quite easily, and that means you need to constantly be
vigilant when looking for possible signs of health problems. Parasites
leech off your marine life, eventually causing them to die. Anchor worms
can cause immense discomfort and inflammation, and eventually fish death.
There are ways to fix most of these issues, however. Talk to a Los Angeles
custom aquariums expert about your tank and they’ll be able to recommend
the ideal product for bringing your tank back to health.
In need of tank supplies?
Call Living Art Aquatic Design today at (310) 626-1448 and find out how we can help you keep your tank
healthy, vibrant, and thriving!