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Make sure you cycle the tank. I recommend challenging yourself with a more complex setup and fish. The research will be fun. That’s it will leave it for a week with air an that on then take a sample of the water to the pet. Store in Irvine an they tell you wot the score is about your water.
Some days maintenance will be overwhelming, but watching my fish helps my mood a lot and having pets that are dependent on me helps when depressive thoughts get out of hand. Good luck. It can be a coping technique but it’s not a “fix.” As others have said, if you’re feeling down often please seek professional help. I’m a therapist and there is so much that can be done to make you feel better, no one has to live feeling that way.
I have severe clinical depression. I know my fish help me a lot. Especially fish that are very personable. And schooling fish. They’re very enjoyable to sit and watch when I’m feeling down. They give me a calm feeling. And my psychiatrist has a lot of patients that have said the same or similar things.
I grew up in a family that dealt with mental illness. I’ve got my own portion to deal with. We had fish tanks when I was younger and I have them now. They definitely have a calming influence. Just bringing you away. It’s a nice escape. If only for a short time.
I have depression, I wake up every morning not wanting to live my life. But when I wake up and see my children gawking into my angel tank to see if they’ve laid is exciting. I love it. And when you have such a beautiful tank with such beautiful animals you can’t help but keep it clean, but I have ocd on top of my depression and other mental health issues.
My fish help to calm me down when I’m really stressed. They’re mesmerising
I also have a 1ft barramundi that is like a cat, when I walk up to his tank he goes mad for a pat 😉 Fish are awesome creatures !
No no im far from rock bottom. But iv been there. Where iv considered takin my life. But thats gone. iv been with my Mrs since 17th Oct 2008 n had thanks since at the moment I have a jewel rio 180. Had bigger had smaller. Mbuna were very fascinating. but alottttttt of up keep. I always got rid in the end. But always miss them so always ended up with another tank lol so go figure.
I have found it to be very relaxing and therapeutic. Maybe start with a tank like a 20 gallon and go from there. I have also met and talked to some great people through aquarium groups online and in pet stores that I might not have otherwise gotten to know.
Having something such as an aquarium to redirect your focus can help in management of symptoms of depression and anxiety. Watching your fish can be very calming and amusing while the routine of care and cleaning can help be a motivator to remain active as well as help to focus on something outside of your head. If I may offer a bit of advice- you may want to do some research and perhaps talk to a professional about Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). To oversimplify it, S.A.D. is a type of depression that can be written off as “foul weather blues”. Please take care of yourself and if your symptoms persist or worsen, don’t be silent about it. Talk to a friend, a neighbor, a professional; you can even private message me. Just don’t suffer in silence and don’t ever think you’re alone.
In my experience with depression and having aquariums, it can go either way. A well maintained tank takes a lot of hard work, and some days when I’m feeling particularly unmotivated, the tank might suffer. However, getting through with tasks and seeing the results (a healthy, happy tank & fish) makes me feel accomplished. Plus, I read somewhere that watching fish swim is peaceful and can help with depression or anxiety. Just think- if you are having a particularly bad time, would you have the energy or motivation to continue with maintenance? It’s very rewarding if you do.
Aww this is one of the sweetest posts I have ever seen.
I would say go for it. It can be difficult though, and fish loss will happen, sadly, so if this is something you don’t think you can cope with then maybe it wouldn’t be the best option.
In order to minimize loss for a beginner, you want to get a larger tank size if possible for the fish of your choice. So if, say you want a betta, and the recommended tank size is at least 3 gallons, it’s best to go with 5 gallons. Greater volume is more forgiving 🙂
There is research though that says looking at fish tanks/aquariums can have positive physiological effects. Give it a shot!
Yes and no….fish may die, if that’s something that may send you into a tail spin then proceed with caution. Otherwise it’s a great way to keep your mind busy, maintaining.