I received my new Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 this afternoon and spent a few hours getting it just so for Jack. He seems to like it. :D
I like the tank very much, no complaints. The instructions, however. . ..
I'm one of those people who sit down and read the instructions before doing anything else--recipes, new orchid, something to build, whatever. As I'm reading the tank instructions I run across the following:
3 Tips to Succeed
Success Tip 1: Lighting
Only keep aquarium lights on for 8-10 hours during the day, then turn off at night. (well, okay, I keep mine on more like 14 hours but the idea is right. No problem here.)
Success Tip 2: Feeding
Give your fish one small pinch of food 2 or 3 times per day. (No problem here.)
Success Tip 3: Water Changes
Only change 25% of the water once per month. Never empty all the water at once.
The box has a freaking betta on the front, it's obviously being marketed to betta owners, and they're telling betta owners to NEVER empty it out and clean it? Knowing that the tank can't support a biological cycle? And how about the 25% once per freaking month???
Heck, I'm a serious noob and even before I came to this forum that would've struck me wrong. Yeesh!
Just had to share.
Am I overreacting or are all tank companies' instructions similarly sprinkled with atrocious advice?
Is it any wonder newbies have such trouble keeping fish alive when this is the kind of "Tip to Succeed" the experts provide?
Gotta get a pic of Jack's new digs tomorrow. It's not done yet, I want to do some custom decorating and am waiting for my tank silicone to arrive, but I guess that's okay.