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PostSubject: Questions, questions   Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:58 pm

I'm spending way more time than I should reading all the stuff on this forum and finding out loads of information and facts.

I was wondering though why did you get the fish you all go for?

So far, of the people who seem to post on here, I have this list

CHEZ - 1 big, beautiful Oscar

RICH - No fish but three great gecko's

DIANA - Betta Splendens
Harlequin Rasboras,
Emerald Eye Rasboras,
Cherry Barbs,
Bristlenose Plecs,
Panda Corys.
Dwarf Chain Loaches.

DEKKER - ?

JACKIE - Betta Splendens

ALISON - ?

FISHFAN - None at the minute

KAUSTHUBH - Goldfish
Rainbow shark
Gold gourami
Blue-orange gouami
Black ghost" knifefish
Common pleco

KBEKL - ?

MUNCHTCARROTT - None but used to have chichlids

So, why them and what is the best of them for a beginner?
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:03 pm

and my marine steve since im the only brave enough
out of this lot to go salty

marine tank here
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:25 am

I used to have community fish. There is some pics somewhere on here of it. A new LFS opened up in our area & we went along for the nose... as you do!

They had a HUGE Mbuna tank set up as you walk in. I had one of those moments where i just went "I have to have one" so i did. I did love having them but they took up so much time to maintain to a level I was happy with.

As time went on we got more & more photo work & we were out of the house for 12 hrs a day. It became a real chore to strip down all the rock & clean the underneath hidden bits so bit by bit, we sold a few on & just thought we'd thin out (we bred them as well). We ended up with fry in the community tank, fry in the kitchen, fry in the office....

We made the decision to sell it all & concentrate on earning money 1st. Someday i'll have a smaller tank with maybe 6 Acei Ngara in (Malawi Cichlids) and a bit of rock but nothing too big Smile

It's so addictive & you will get more tank syndrome & just keep going until you live in a fish house Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:52 am

i have two setups a community, with gouramis and a bala shark, plecs, i also have a cichlid setup with mbunas.

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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 16, 2011 6:54 am

I didnt know you had cichlids dekks!

have you given us pics?

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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:38 am

WRONG

If you look in the my tanks sectiohn you will find I have two fish tanks still - one in the kitchen for my mum which is a biorb cube 30liter and has guppies and neon tetras and I sill have a tropical fishbox 65 liter with assorted tetras, cherry barbs,, blue rams, otos and corydora catfish Wink

There is a fairly recent video of this tank somewhere in the 'my tanks'section in which i have two threads - one for the geckos and one for y fish tanks Wink

The age old question is which fish to get - well i can simplify it again for you - find out what fish suitt he water that you will fill the tank with (usually tap water) then work on which fish are okfor your tank size, then work out who will be ok with whom - you will then have a short list of suitable fish - ultimatly you then choose the fish you like and can get from the remaining applicants ;)just remember some fish prefer a mature tank to a new one- this means a tank that has been running properly, fully cycled, with no glitches for at least 6months (otos fall into this group)
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:43 pm


i thought i had posted a couple diana but here are a couple anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:50 am

`i started with a 60 litre fluval kit from p&h as a fathers day pressie for the OH, who then decided that he would rather look at the fish than look after them. I had to do the cleaning and got hooked, we bought brian the common plec when he was about an inch big, nobody explained in the shop how big he would grow so that is when I got the 4 foot tank which he now tears apart every week. Also got bristlenose plecs, some yoyo loach some bengal loach, which are small, congo tetras one angel. I lost my last clown loach when I was on holiday I got a call on the saturday when I was lying by the pool in barbados off Danielle to tell me that the clown was floating but she had tested the water and the water was fine. I think Brian might have clocked him during the night.
All tanks have been well looked after while I was away (the threats must have worked) Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:09 pm

Whatever you do, don't get iridescent sharks- no matter how much the LFS guy convinces you to. My friend gave me two of them without knowing what they were and they became huge and I had to give them away.

Goldfish- don't keep them unless you decide to have a goldfish-only tank. They eat ten times as much as other fish, and therefore poop ten times as much. Sometimes in the mornings I see poop strings 8-10 inches long, floating around in the tank- not a nice sight !!!
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:04 am

lol Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Thu Mar 24, 2011 10:04 am

if folks want a comparison - 5 small goldies made as much mess in the same tank as when my 185 tropical was fully stocked Surprised

NEVER EVER again will I get a goldfish
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:55 am

Yeah, goldfish are messy. I used to have a big oranda(Sparky) & a Moor(Moby), in a big tank. They'd pull up all the plastic plants everyday & were very interactive with me & each other. But I was constantly doing water changes. I still think goldfish are pretty, but like Rich, will probably never have them again.
Besides Stormy, my betta, I now have a 10 gal.tank of head & tail light tetras(as of this week). And am planning on 2 more kinds of tetras in my big tank after I've redecorated & cycled it, but that will be a few months from now.
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:39 am

My LFS has a big tank - about 240liters, fully planted and with about 400 neons in there - sounds boring but looks awesome (a word i dont use lightly as i hate its overuse)
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:11 am

I would imagine that many neons would be spectacular. Wow, that must be something to see!

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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:53 am

Maybe that would be something I could do? From what I've been reading neons are easy to look after, no special requirements, is that right?

They are great looking little fish, so perhaps that idea needs to goon my list! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:45 am

Generally yes - butt hey are susceptible to a bacterial infection that gets called neon tetra disease - most fish have this bug naturally but neons seem to be especially unablle to cope and thus you can have a tank full of fish AND ONLY THE NEONS DIE

Neon tetra disease in its own right does not exist.

Anyway - We have neons in two tanks in my house and they sem quite tough little spuds from my experience Smile

BUT they do require the tank be properly cycled and they dont like ammonia etc in the water - good starter fish I think are cherry barbs and checkered barbs - both pretty in their own right and will get on fine with the neons when you come to add those.
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:41 am

Funny you should mention the cherry barbs Rich. I was in the pet store the other day ad the had a tankful of real bright red colored fish that looked great al together.

They were cherry barbs, great little things and so bright colored. Definately a must have for when my tank is ready.
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PostSubject: Re: Questions, questions   Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:09 am

The boys are bright red - the girls more an orange brown Smile They grow to about 2inches and when fuily grown up and coloured up - they are lovely Smile

Tough as old boots too Smile
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