We know we’re not alone in expressing how relieved we are that 2020 is finally coming to an end. It’s been a bear of a year from a wild pandemic, to the economic hardships caused by it, a wild Presidential election and well, you know. You lived it.
But as this year comes to a close, 2021 is on its way and with it comes the opportunity for renewal and a fresh start in a whole swath of aspects in our lives. For some – it’ll be things like weight loss and personal goals. For others, it’ll be tasks and skills. And if you’re an aquarium keeper, we’ll bet that you’re probably thinking of ways you can be a better this coming year.
Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for you to consider for 2021 if you’re looking to take your fish tanking to the next level. Let’s jump right in!
Learn how to test your water and do it more frequently
Water chemistry is key to having a thriving, healthy environment for your fish. Learning how to test your water and maintain it is crucial if you want to have a tank where your fish can flourish. This year, learn how to test your water and maintain logs to track its quality. There are dozens of different kinds of test kits you can purchase at any pet store that are straight-forward and easy to learn. Learn what makes your tank healthy and track it.
Get better about water changes
If there’s anything newer tank owners are really bad at – it’s changing tank water on an ongoing, regular basis. And we get it – everyone’s on the go and busier than ever these days. It’s always the last thing on the old to do list. But it’s part of the responsibility of owning a fish tank and crucial to your fish’s happiness and health.
Most of the avoidance comes from the ‘bigness’ of the chore. It’s a lot to lift the tank, clean/replace the gravel, get the new filter, etc, etc. But you can actually do more by doing less, believe it or not. Maybe change out 10% of the water per week or 25% every other week. That way it takes way less effort to do and can actually help increase the life of your tank’s filter to boot. Whatever you decide to do – it’s on you to make sure you get into a more reliable routine.
Fish love to eat so of course, it’s important to not overfeed them. Just like humans, overeating can cause a whole range of physical issues. Try and be more mindful of how much you’re feeding your fish and become more familiar with their nutrition. Also, don’t be afraid to add a little variety to their life. Try to identify some extra treats and some new forms of food appropriate for the type of fish you have. Variety, as they say – is the spice of life.
Hopefully, these tips will help give you a little added inspiration as you try to figure out what to do with your aquarium this coming year. Here’s to a happy, healthy and safe, 2021, all. Good luck!