It is easy for fish tank enthusiasts to act impulsively during trips to the local pet store. After all, there are always plenty of available options and it is not uncommon for a new fish to quickly catch a tank enthusiast’s eye. There are, of course, several drawbacks to acting impulsively, and new additions to the tank should always be carefully considered well in advance.
Adam Kutner, a longtime fish tank enthusiast who has seen this mistake made all too often, notes that there can be many disastrous consequences to impulsively adding a fish to an existing tank. How the fish will interact with other inhabitants of the tank is an important consideration, so tank enthusiasts should do their homework so they understand the temperament of the fish they are adding and what dangers they may present to an existing community.
Considering how expensive many of the fish that populate tanks can be, it is incredibly wasteful to buy a fish that is going to cause harm to others already in the tank or that will be harmed once it is added to the tank. This is not only a waste of money, but it is also incredibly unfair to the fish involved. If a tank enthusiast is going to buy a fish impulsively, they might as well buy the fish that are available at the annual Mullet Toss, which is, of course, both a waste of money and an event that is so obviously unfair to the fish.