Online Communities and Forums for Fish Keepers and Aquarium Hobbyists

Beautifully landscaped freshwater aquarium.
Beautifully landscaped freshwater aquarium. | Source

Why Join an Online Forum or Community?

When first starting out in the fish keeping hobby, those who do the proper research can find that the requirements of things to do prior to being able to actually enjoy your tank can pile up quickly.

  • Why keep fish?
  • What kind of equipment should I buy?
  • What is the best type of substrate to use?
  • Where can I find quality decorations for the inside of the tank?
  • What is the best temperature for my tank to be set at, based on the species of fish?
  • How do I cycle my tank?
  • What is "new tank syndrome" and how do I fix it?
  • What fish are suitable for my tank?

These are all common questions asked by most newcomers to the fish keeping hobby. An online forum community can often make finding answers to these questions and much less stressful process. You may even make some friends along the way!

In this hub I will include the site that I know of and have used, and what their best features are. Note that there are many others out there that I have looked at and have quite frankly found them full of unhelpful people and "trolls."

A pair of black convict cichlids.
A pair of black convict cichlids. | Source
A clownfish enjoying an anemone in a private saltwater aquarium.
A clownfish enjoying an anemone in a private saltwater aquarium. | Source

Summary

As I stated earlier, there are many other sites out there. These are websites that I have used personally and have either been a member of, or have purchased repeatedly from. I would never recommend something to others that I would not or have not used myself. I hope you find these links useful and enjoy your fish keeping!

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fishguy66 3 years ago

I have been keeping & breeding fish(CA & SA cichlids for the majority) for over 41 years, so I know my way around an aquarium just a wee bit. My problem w/ AC is that I got into it w/ another poster about proper ID & treatment of a certain fish disease, was told I was wrong by this poster, so I pulled up article after article (including scientific research) to prove my point, the person I proved wrong was part of the afore-mentioned clique, I was told by a mod(who was "friends" w/ this person I was proving wrong) that I was trolling, when in fact all I was doing was proving that what I was stating was correct w/ facts & figures, & I argued my point by telling this mod he was wrong for sticking up for this person & allowing him to disseminate incorrect info(as proven by noted research), & I got suspended & ultimately banned from AC, for little more than proving some a-hole (& his mod buddy)wrong. I stand by my assessment of Aquatic Community, as they chose their "clique" over facts. NOT a site I would recommend for those seeking accurate help. Oscarfishlover is a much better site, & MUCH "friendlier" for those seeking CORRECT help & advice.


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thebeast02 4 years ago from Louisiana Author

I'll agree with you on MFK, that's why in the link description it is painted as more of a "go to observe" style site and not one to run to for help. Aquatic Community, however, was nothing but helpful to me when I was fresh into the hobby. If you take the constructive criticism and apply it to make yourself a better fish keeper, generally all is well. Where I've seen problems come in, is when people ask for advice but decide to go against it and continue to ask questions based around overstocking, or not cycling properly, because they want to do it "their way". Of course, to each their own, but this guide it meant more for those who want to better themselves as fish keeping hobbyists and to learn how to do so in the safest possible way for the animals that they keep.

Thanks for your input.


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fishguy66 4 years ago

Aquatic Community & Monsterfishkeepers are full of cliquey, no-nothing amatuers who just like to argue, even though 99% of the people on these 2 sites (Mods & Admin included) don't know the 1st thing about fishkeeping. You want a good,knowledgeable site that strives to help you become a better aquarist? Try Oscar Fish Lovers. Friendly, knowledgeable staff that goes out their way to help you.


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thebeast02 5 years ago from Louisiana Author

There are tons more than this, these were the ones that I found to be the most useful. I did a lot of browsing on them before I started my tanks and I feel like I avoided many common mishaps because I informed myself before starting out. Really great people on these sites!


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Nspeel 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach

Very very well written article. I was not even aware that there were this many forums for fish keeping I must join a few now. Awesome thank you. voted up and useful!

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