Only Bad Things Happen Fast: How to Avoid Beginner Mistakes

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Only Bad Things Happen Fast: How to Avoid Beginner Mistakes​


Wouldn’t it be nice if before you started a project you knew what to look out for so that you could avoid costly mistakes? Like when you started to drive you understood that the police would be looking at you more closely because you were young or when you started woodworking there was a tool for virtually every process that could make things easier.

Unfortunately, we don’t typically know about the potential mistakes when we start off doing something until we make them. And while I am calling these beginner mistakes, I am hesitant to do so because no matter the level of experience of how much we think we know we all make mistakes. Sadly, some of these mistakes lead to major tank mishaps that then lead to individuals leaving the hobby.

No matter how big a tank is or how long we have done this, we all still make beginner’s mistakes.
Despite the level of success that can now be attained in keeping corals and fish alive, it is still estimated that one-third of individuals getting into the hobby will be out of the hobby in less than three years. That is a major loss in terms of both time and money, but more importantly, in the number of animals that were lost during this process. Hopefully by understanding some of the mistakes, that beginners especially, but just about anyone can make can help reduce this outcome.

Patience is key​

The first beginner’s mistake and one that most of us all still make from time to time is being impatient. This impatience can occur in a number of ways. It can be by expecting a tank to thrive without taking the time to plan. It can be adding fish or corals too early or too quickly. It can be by expecting the corals to grow faster than they do, or by expecting that when a change is made results will appear overnight. It needs to be understood that any change made in a tank or how it is managed or even when a new coral is added it will take at least three to four months until any real positive changes will be noted.

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