what’s in your cabinet?

Well this is my official first post in this blog! I’ll dive right into it!

There’s nothing better in whatever you are spending your time on than being prepared and having the right tools to deal with in any situation. This is how I have always felt in everything that I have gotten involved in. Even now as a new aquarist and goldfish owner I am learning this over and over again with every experience that I encounter. A couple months ago I had barely had Mango for a month. Unfortunately because of my inexperience and lack of knowledge in this hobby I had chosen the wrong decor for my tank.

Now aesthetically the piece was beautiful, a large bonsai tree (made of plastic of course) That took up quite a lot of room in the tank. It was actually meant for terrariums and I had purchased it and stuffed an air stone to keep the water circulating well. The problem was that this decor that I had seriously fallen in love with at the time had quite the texture on it. It was abrasive! Probably for the purpose of lizards to climb on!

Well, with Mango being quite the clumsy swimmer coupled with this horrible ornament in my tank he got injured and scraped his back on one side pretty badly. I felt terrible. He lost scales and although he was swimming like nothing ever happened I knew if I didn’t act fast he could potentially get an infection! Poor little guy! After consulting for some help at Koko’s Goldfish Forum I learned that I needed a few supplies. Going to the LFS (local fish store) I pretty much made it my interest to pick up some supplies so that if I ever got into this situation again with Mango I could be prepared! I picked up bottles of medications and found a great deal on aquarium salt over at Aquariums By Design. I felt great.

So what kind of supplies do I keep? Well, I’ve taken the liberty to photograph my aquarium cabinet! I admit my collection of items isn’t completed yet. I would like to get my hands on some metro meds and other medicated goodies, but it’s a good start for now!

In my plastic blue container:

• API Fresh Water Testing Kit
• Test Tubes
• Syringe (no needle)
• Tube Cleaner Wire Brush
• Extra Thermometre
• Activated Carbon (for the removal of medications)
• Mesh for the filter intake when feeding messy food

Inside my cabinet:

• Plastic Blue Container filled with top items
• Record book
• Pen
• Small Net
• API Aquarium Salt
• 2 Bottles of SeaChem’s Prime
• Mini Cup (for soaking pellets)
• Filter Extension Tube (for water changes only)
• ICHNOX (for treating ICH)
• Dr. Tim’s One and Only Bacteria
• Prazi Pro
• Maracyn
• Food Clip
• Hikari Lionhead Pellets (small sinking pellet)
• Omega One sinking goldfish food (small sinking pellet)
• Bottle of Ammonia GOLDEX Brand (to feed the tank when empty)
• Netted Gravel Vacuum
• Bag filled with extra air stones, air tubing, filter floss and cloths

I can’t stress enough to be prepared for anything that could happen because most problems happen suddenly and fast. The quicker you can react to these sorts of situations the better.


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About artsygoldfish

I'm a goldfish enthusiast and new aquarist!

2 responses to “what’s in your cabinet?”

  1. DCM says :

    It’s amazing how much we keep for our tanks! I need to go through and cut it back a bit.

    • artsygoldfish says :

      I admit, it’s a lot of supplies! Even so, having more can never be a bad thing! I’m sure you have a great amount of tools that you can use if anything happens!

      I only keep what I feel is necessary to have. A few medications for common ailments, salt, and of course Prime. I’ve had to cut back my supplies too, mostly spare filters and such that can be put in storage, filter floss and so on have been moved out of my cabinets!

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