A new topic to discuss.....
I recently read an article that stated that fish keepers are literally spoiling they're fish to death.
It said that fish keepers and breeders, are constantly changing the water and spoiling the fish, giving it extremely pristine conditions, and not giving it a chance to build up an immunity. Therefore, when the fish is sick, it almost always will die.
This man conducted an experiment with some guppies. He thought that breeders kept the guppies in too pristine conditions causing them to not be hardy as guppies used to be.
He got some guppies, bred them in room temperature, and maybe changed the water twice a year. His tank for the baby guppies was a 2.5g that kept hundreds at a time. He never cleaned the tank, let algae grow on the walls, and left a constant supply of food for the babies. The few that died... Well, they died. But most survived, and those, in the summer, were placed in a barrel outside until they grew up. There food source was a cow patty that he put in the barrel to grow algae and food and whatnot. In the winter he put them in a ~29g and again, let the algae grow freely and didn't change the water. Here, he culled those that weren't fit to live a happy healthy life.
I thought "Whoa... That's a little extensive.."
But his result?? Very Hardy Guppies!!!
Then I began to think.....
One of my fish tanks I cleaned constantly, and the fish kept dying, but the other tank that was given to me was only changed about once very two months, and had three 4 1/2 year old black skirt tetras and a 3 year old Molly. So, I began to change the water less, and what do you know? No more fish died! And it's been like that for 1 1/2 years!
So, do you guys think it's true? That you can actually spoil a fish to the point where it dies if anything whatsoever goes wrong?? I think it may be true! And it also might be the reason so many fish have lost their hardiness!!
Please do not yell at me for my opinion. Everyone is entitled to one, and this is mine :)
Also, I'm not insisting that you should stop cleaning the water in your tanks and that bettas are going to be ok in a little bowl in order to "make them hardier" No. I'm saying maybe it's possible to be keeping your water "Too Pristine" as some may put it, and that it may actually be hurting the fish in ways we never considered.
Feel free to share you opinions and experience on this topic!