Here is a four day training program.
(1) On the first day you show the SFP exactly how you feed the fish in your aquarium. Include where to find the food. How to open each container of food. Where to
sprinkle the food, and how much to sprinkle. What to do if the fish do not eat all the food. How to close each container of food. Where to store the food, so house cats or other people with not
tamper with the fish food or move it to a place, where it can't be found.
(2) On the second day you again feed the fish and encourage the SFP to ask you questions and to help you feed the fish. Try to follow exactly the same sequence in feeding
your fish that you followed on day one. This will help the SFP remember the sequence.
(3) On the third day let the SFP feed the fish and minimize the help you give the SFP. If the SFP asks you a question, gently say, "I bet you can remember how to do
that." But if the SFP can't remember something, then explain it again.
(4) On the fourth day before you start, tell the SFP that you are going to be an observer, and you will try not to help or answer questions. After the fish are fed,
gently critique the SFP.
You might also write a list of the 5 or 6 steps the SFP would follow when feeding your fish. Leave the list for the SFP to use as a reminder. You know write something like,
(1) Get the container of fish food from the shelf above the ...
(2) Twist off the top of the food container and ...
(3) Put a small pinch of food in the cap of the container ...
(4) Pour the food in the right-front-corner of the aquarium ...
(5) If the fish don't eat all the food in 10 minutes, then ...
Even better you might make a brief video tape that shows you explaining how to feed your fish and leave the video tape in your VCR, so the SFP can watch the video as a reminder
of how you feed your fish.
This training might sound a little bit rigorous, and you might think that the SFP will not enjoy this training. But I have found just the opposite to be true.
People enjoy being shown how to do something new, but people do not enjoy being given a job without proper training. Especially when they incorrectly feed the fish, create
problems, and the fish get sick.
Incidentally, Angelfish and Goldfish are not compatible tank mates. Angels need warm water in an aquarium with an aquarium heater, and Angels need to eat Tropical Fish Food.
here for more about Angelfish.
On he other hand Goldfish need cool water in an aquarium without an aquarium heater. Goldfish must eat Goldfish Food and not eat Tropical Fish Food. Click
for more information about Fancy Goldfish.