Top 10 Aquarium ‘Do Not’s (Video)

Thomas gives us his Top 10 “Do Not”s for Aquarium Keeping! Do you have any important tips to add to this list? Contribute in the comments below!

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Top 10 Aquarium ‘Do Not’s (Video)

    1. Big Al's

      If you shop online with us, we'll ship your products directly to you. If you shop at one of our Aquarium Supercentres in Canada, you'll have to check with your particular supercentre to see what they can do!

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  1. Aleksander Janicki

    #2 I never liked doing a full clean becouse some of my fishes had always dying after that. Now I know why, that's sounds very logic. Thx for info. Gonna start again with dutch style aqua after 10y break. Wish me best!
    Also I like how you are explaining all of that, fast and clear. Keep it doing.

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  2. Raider Rocha1974

    Great stuff. I am on my 6th day (fish in aquarium cycle.) 3 days of just running filter prior to my cycle. I was advised to put some (hardy fish)..5 mollies was my preference, and looks like there doing pretty good so far. I understand the ammonia will eventually have to spike because of the waste. My ? is: What do I do when it spikes so high,and the fish die? remember, I'm starting my new tank cycle.

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  3. musicalmarion

    Could you consider doing a video on what NOT to do when making a video, such as 1. Do not yell constantly at the camera and make constant weird faces to try to look like a fun person.  2. Do not wave your hands around while talking.  3. Do not have your face too close to the camera, it's aggressive.  4. Try to keep your voice at a low level and don't keep altering the pitch ridiculously, we're not deaf and we have a volume control.  5. Do not play annoying music over your narrative, or show bright coloured cartoon inserts.  Well, you nearly got the last one right !   : )

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  4. movielord911

    i just finished doing #4 the moment this was said

    and whats worse is, i just finished using my hand sanitizer, and the fish feed out of my hands :/

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    1. Donna

      zombie x Still no! Always use tank water. Using bottle water that you don't know how long it's been sitting in the bottle for will of leached chemicals in to that water from the plastic. Look up BPH bottled water.

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  5. Gorgeous Bettas

    Tip, when you get your new fish and released them into your tank already, don't feed the fish in the next few hours. Wait about 4-12 hours before feeding your new fish that you got. The reason you shouldn't feed them right away is because the new fish is adjusting to it's new environment, so the fish might be confused and stressed out, after they have fully adjusted (4-12 hours), they will be more comfortable eating the food. If you feed them right away, they will eat the food, but sense they are not used to the food you are giving to them, and they are not used to their new environment, it just gets them all stressed and could possibly kill your fish if they are weak.

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  6. Andie D

    Lol you rock, thank you for this video. You have a great personality for this kind of video. New subscriber! =)

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  7. Extracts 363

    hey, i am getting my first aquarium soon and it will be a 10 gallon, what fish do you think i should put in it

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    1. Donna

      Juan Gomez unless you have African cichlids to curb aggression, even then you should over filter that tank to compensate for all the waste, typically you want a filter/s to turn the tank over at least 4-5x-ph

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  8. Tariq Jaber

    if I have already used detergents to clean the inside of the tank, what do I need to do do to get rid of the detergents completely before adding water and fish?

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  9. EEK Productions

    Thanks for this video so much, how often should you do water changes on a salt water aquarium? Right now in mine there's five very small hermit crabs and a couple turbo snails. 65 gallons with a FX-4 Canister filter.

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  10. Gretchen Adkins

    Thomas is incredibly entertaining. Just the way that he talks is so appropriate for youtube.

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  11. Mostlyharmless1985

    If you are setting a tank up and want to clean it, you can use plain, clear, unscented ammonia WITH NO SURFACTANTS. If you shake the bottle and it foams, DON'T USE IT. Dilute it heavily with water and spray the rag, not the glass.
    Another option that i'm not as keen on is using white distilled vinegar, the worst it will do is lower the PH of your water if you have very soft water with no buffer.
    If you are doing things the right way ™ you are going to fill your tank and let it run without fish for a few days. It's actually a good snack for the benificial bacteria you want to have set up shop in your tank. Just make sure you check the water and it reads 0 ppm ammonia, and 0ppm nitrites. If you read nitrATES over 0 ppm do a water change, then go get your fish. Just remember rule 7!

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  12. Lexi's Hamster Care

    0:26 if you absolutely have to use soap (i recommend dawn) rinse the tank (hot water is best) for at least 30 or 45 minutes. we had to do this once when I had an algae bloom. my tanks fine now.

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  13. David Power

    my tank gets very cloudy and I cant figure out why. Any tips? We have a small tank with one beta. I clean the tank and in two weeks it gets cloudy?

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    1. johnlockedtbh

      David Power
      How big is your tank? I know a lot of people spread the misinformation that bettas need at least 2 -3 gallons but that is not true. Mine lives happily in a 16 g.
      Do you have a filter? Bettas NEED filters.
      The smaller the tank, the more water changes you have to do. Change your water weekly. If it's a small tank do 30-50% waterchange.

      If your water is still cloudy: Maybe it's your gravel that has dust particles in it. Did you wash it before adding it?

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  14. Terese Kimberly

    Remember…Ladies (mainly, I think, LOL! Remember to wash hands AND arms first, if you intend to stick your arms into the aquarium for whatever reason, otherwise you will have a nasty film of lotion floating around!

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  15. Funcharles Networksarillana

    I have a better fish in a medium sized container(not aquarium,container!!!)and it has no filter, how many days should I clean it?

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    1. Donna

      Funcharles Networksarillana buy a filter! S much misconceptions about Betta fish and not needing water movements, heaters or surface agitation when in fact they do. A Betta living in those conditions you have yours at won't last long, Bettas can and will live to 8-10 years of given correct care and maintenance.

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  16. Marvin Morning

    How far down can u put your heater in the water

    My fish seem cold
    (2 Angel fish and 2 silver sharks)
    The heater is on 22 degrees do I turn it up
    Side note they were added about 6 hours ago

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    1. Donna

      Marvin Morning you typically want to position the heater in water flow to get the flow of temperature going throughout the tank, this is to avoid heating partial areas. Check what kind of heater you have, is it fully submersible? Does it have a water line mark on the heater? Always position it according to instructions, some are vertical,some horizontal, some at a 30° angle. In any case, buy yourself a digital thermometer to check temperatures. You can buy them cheap off eBay and Amazon and they're very reliable.

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  17. James Wilson

    Number 1. Never buy live plants or fish from big als. I'm not sure about the States but in Canada I have watched this store go belly up. 18 yes ago this was the go to place for fish and advise. Now it's ran by 18yr old kids who can't tell the difference between an Oscar and a guppy. The fish are half dead and ALL HAVE DISEASE OR PARISITES. Now…especially in Montreal/ Ottawa area…the small local fish stores are thriving again.

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    1. Big Al's

      Hey James, thanks for your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you're not satisfied with your experience at our shops. We work very hard to ensure our Big Al's Supercentres are knowledgeable, friendly, healthy environments, and we have experts at each location who can guide you and advise you– along with some younger staff who are continually learning. We also work hard to ensure the health of our fish, and if you find you are unsatisfied with the health of the fish you get from our Supercentres, we encourage you to contact the fish room from which you purchased the fish and discuss it with them– they may be able to help you. Thanks again for your honest feedback, and hopefully we'll be able to serve you again.

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    2. James Wilson

      Big Al's that was a typical corparation response. If i was you…I would start with a walk through of your stores in Ottawa Ontario and fix that shit

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  18. THEDinoKingGFM

    I like algae but oh man do not let it get out of hand I had buy nerit snails and it was not fun getting the algae out

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  19. MickMaan

    I'd be tempted to add;

    Do NOT buy anything from the 'big' shops.

    I can't tell you how many times I've seen a shop assistant sell someone a 10g tank with a bag full of small, young fish at the same time with a load of magic bottles. The fish are going to be sitting in a bag for hours while the tank is set up, dumped in to (probably) cold tap water without the tank even beginning to cycle and will most probably die within a week.
    I've even seen one of the assistants perform a full test (API – Ammo, Nitri, Nitra, Ph) on a cup of water that the customer brought her dead fish in, all of which came back 0ppm, Ph 6-6.5 (I know the colours off-by-heart) and she said there was a high amount of Ammonia in the water (there wasn't) and proceeded to sell her victim.. sorry, "customer" £20 worth of magic in a bottle ……………. and more fish! Because they would "help" the tank.

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  20. B - eepz

    I have 5 goldfishes that I don't want, what should O do with them? Please help before I release them to the nearest river or lake.

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    1. Donna

      B – eepz Don't release them to a pond/lake or river, take them to your nearest pet store who will take them off you.

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    2. B - eepz

      Donna I actually found a fish pond in my school and I planned to put them in there. Its a whole lot more bigger ?

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    3. Donna

      B – eepz as long as its an enclosed pond and you have the school's permission, sounds like that's the best thing for them.

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  21. Rachel Kruse

    I am a dumping fish guilty of doing this. Put 3 goldfish in a river in Wisconsin. I've heard of horror stories of goldfish becoming enormous and choking waterways and becoming invasive.

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  22. Ocrown Gaming

    I have a question, what happens if my fish tank is near a window, but the window is pretty small ( around 30 cm by 30cm)

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  23. Isaac Ixtupe

    How about if my tank was infected by Ich? Should I make a 100% water change? And what about my plants in it? Only 2 fishes survived.

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  24. Eric Mezenberg

    You guys have African dwarf frogs right, I'll be going to your Whitby location this weekend, I hope to get some from you guys, much better than petsmart.

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  25. Cameraz Eye

    run two filters on your aquarium. why? you can alternate filter system cleanings i.e. one filter one month, the other the next month. This reduces the shock to your tank balance.

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  26. Mystical Music

    One big mistake: Showing the price of aquarium,aquarium equipments and fish to parents!!
    They will end up destroying them!!!!

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  27. Beech Masters

    I always used salt if I needed a scrub. Otherwise just water is fine.
    For freshwater use some male guppy's for started fish. About 4 is fine 🙂 They are tough and a good small size to start off a tank.
    Fish need to sleep for good health so turn off the light for at least 8 hours a day.
    If you smoke cigs then rinse hands before putting them into the tank. The nicotine etc can harm them.
    10% water change a week works well for most. If you vacuum the bottom then only do one half per week.
    For bio media. Clean only half at a time or better, find out why you need to clean it more than once a month or so. Probably over feeding.
    Good video 🙂 First time watching you. Good tips 🙂

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  28. Lord of the Kings

    So many things to learn but I still want an aquarium.?
    Too scared even one fish will die because of my ignorance.

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    1. Pork Ball

      dont be scared if a fish dies the only time a fish has died for me is from old age or letting someone irresponsible look after my fish while i was on holiday

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  29. Kookamongus

    I’ve never done a water change in my tank but water is very clean and clear and nothing has died in years because my fish are balanced so that there is never too much bioload as many of them are algae eaters

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  30. Alec Dametto

    If I clean my fish tank 50% of the water and the filter on the day the filter that has parts to replace in it if I keep the old filter parts inside but clean the rest of the filter is that fine or not?

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  31. Jason Hare

    Whenever I set up a new tank I always take a filter from an existing tank and put it on and put the new filter on the old tank … Keeps my bacteria levels where I want to be …

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  32. CheezyDrool

    It started off with obvious no-no's but it ramped up to less obvious do not's. Not bad. Thankfully the video wasn't chock full of something like "don't pee in the aquarium" or "don't put alcohol in your tank"

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  33. Kane 1039

    For the "Do not… pit the aquarium near a window", can you put the aquarium near the window just out of the sun light? I'm starting up my first tank and I'm being paranoid.

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