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Ladies & Gentlemen of the Class of '99
Posted By: Baz Loachman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tuesday, 8 June 1999, at 6:25 p.m.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future,Levamisole would be it.
The Intestinal Worm eradication benefits of Levamisole have been proved by scientists, (Dr. Momfish even), whereas my advice has no basis more reliable than my own multi-faceted fishkeeping experience.
I will dispense this advice........................................now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your Filtration.
Oh, never mind................................
You will not understand the power and beauty of your Filtration, until one day it crashes.
But trust me...................................
In 20 years you'll look back at photos of your tanks, and recall in a way you can't grasp now, how much possibility lay before you, and how fabulous they really looked.
YOUR CLOWNS ARE AS FAT AS YOU IMAGINE.
Don't worry about ick in the future.
Or worry.......and know that worrying is as effective as trying to work out the Nitrogen Cycle by chewing Bubble-gum.
The real troubles in your fishkeeping are apt to be the things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that blind-side you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
YOUR CLOWNS WILL DO ONE THING EVERY DAY THAT SCARES YOU.
Don't be reckless with other people's fish.
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy.
Sometimes you're ahead.
Sometimes you're behind.
The fishkeeping race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments your fish receive.
Forget the insults.
If you succeeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old fishkeeping mags.
Throw away your equipment purchase bills.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do within fishkeeping.
The most interesting fishkeepers I know, didn't know at 22, what to do with their tanks.
Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know, still don't.
GET PLENTY OF GOOD FLAKE.
Be kind to your fish.
You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe they'll win prizes.
Maybe they won't.
Maybe they'll breed.
Maybe they won't.
If you happen to breed Clowns, maybe you'll dance the Funky Chicken.
But, please photograph and document the event.
Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much.
Don't berate yourself either.
The breeding will be half chance.
So will anybody elses.
Enjoy your syphon.
Use it every way you can.
Don't be afraid of it.
Water changes are the greatest maintenance you'll ever do.
Even if they have nowhere to do it, but a tank in your living room.
Read the directions.
Even if you don't follow them.
Do not read "Nature World Aquarium" by Takashimo Amano.
It will only make you feel your tanks are ugly.
Get to know your loaches.
You never know when they'll be gone for good.
Hopefully they'll be nice to their tankmates.
They're their best link to their past, and most likely to stick with them in the future.
Understand that LOL friends come and go, but a prescious few you should hold onto.
Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and life-style, because the deeper into loaches you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were first starting out with them.
KEEP RIFT-LAKE CICHLIDS ONCE.
Especially if your water is hard.
KEEP DISCUS ONCE.
Especially if your water is soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths.
Fish prices will rise.
THE FISHGUY will play games.
You too will get old.
And when you do, you'll fantasise that when you were young............
Fish prices were reasonable.
THE FISHGUY had a life,......... and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone to support your hobby.
Maybe you'll have a huge tank.
Maybe you'll have TWO huge tanks.
But you never know when either one's water might run out.
Don't mess with hair algae.
It might be that in your 40, there's enough light for an 85.
Be careful who's advice you buy.
But be patient with those who supply it.
Advice is a form of learning.
Dispensing it is hopefully a way of keeping other's fish out of the disposal.
Everyone here's learning, and we try not to paint over the ugly parts.
We only re-cycle advice when it has true worth.
But trust me on the Levamisole.
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