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Old 04-15-05, 11:47 AM
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Like others have said, the larger the better.

If you can only manage a 15-30g tank, then I'd look into a freshwater tank.

I tried a 10g tank at first and keeping it stable was a chore at times. The 75g cichlid tank I have now is very easy to keep stable.
Old 04-15-05, 11:56 AM
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I finally gave up on keeping my 240 reef tank running. It all started with an ice storm in the middle of an icey December in the midwest...........no power or back up generator for 9 days cost me a few thousand dollars worth of corals.......
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Thanks to everyone for the input and suggestions. I'm now sufficiently scared of this subject and will be getting an ant farm instead. Wait ... don't tell me ... I need a 75 gallon ant farm?

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How much is a 50 gallonish salt water tank with an adquate number of fish to start with everything that is required?
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
Thanks to everyone for the input and suggestions. I'm now sufficiently scared of this subject and will be getting an ant farm instead. Wait ... don't tell me ... I need a 75 gallon ant farm?

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I'm telling you dude start small and work your way up as your experience grows. You don't have to start with a 200+ gallon tank to be a successful Aquarium owner.
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Just move to the beach and when you want to see fish, simply stick your head under water.
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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
I finally gave up on keeping my 240 reef tank running. It all started with an ice storm in the middle of an icey December in the midwest...........no power or back up generator for 9 days cost me a few thousand dollars worth of corals.......
Holy CARP! I mean, CRAP. No wait, I do mean CARP! I bet it was absolutely gorgeous before this, though.
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
Just move to the beach and when you want to see fish, simply stick your head under water.
Don't open your eyes in the salt water, it sucks.
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Originally Posted by The Cow
Don't open your eyes in the salt water, it sucks.
That's what goggles are for!
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Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
That's what goggles are for!
That only works for girls and Michael Phelps. Normal guys with goggles look like dorks to the beach babes, and let's be honest, guys aren't there to look at the aquatic life.
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<---Original thread topic...






















...Where we are now--->

Women in string bikinis on a beach - they'll derail any topic everytime.
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Originally Posted by hahn
Women in string bikinis on a beach - they'll derail any topic everytime.
Original topic was sufficiently ended by das (OP) awhile ago - the 15 minute grieving period has passed.

We are now at the "lock the thread" or end up posting "hot babes" thread with the probable "pics" post coming up soon point. Typical other thread

And why is your arrow of original topic pointing at your username? Why does it always have to be about you?
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Well, I just invested in a fish setup. I was cleaning out my aunt's attic and I came across an old fishbowl (2 gal) that had rat droppings and a dead roach inside. I took the fishbowl home and scrubbed it out thoroughly with vinegar and hot water. I hear soap residue can kill a fish. So after getting the fishbowl looking pretty, I head over to Wal-Mart.

There, I pick out a male betta. He wasn't the prettiest fellow, but I liked his enthusiasm. He was all fluffing out his fins and talking a bunch of shit to the betta in the next plastic bowl on the Wal-Mart shelf. I decided to take him. I can't believe I glossed over the 28 cent goldfish for a $3.44 betta. Spared no expense. Then I invested like 5 more dollars in rainbow colored gravel, a plastic plant, a cheap ass net scooper thing, and some of those water conditioner tablets. Topped it all off with some betta flakes.

All in all, I spent about $10 on this setup. The fish looks happy, and it makes me happy. I named the fish Dirty Sanchez.
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We have one goldfish in a 10 gallon Wal-mart tank. It also holds Home Depot pea gravel, a plastic reef thing, and a water plant the grows like kudzu. I swear this fish has the constitution of an ox. He has survived a lot including being hauled out of the tank and kissed on the mouth by a two year old. He has also had half his fins ripped off by said child. But he soldiers on, even though he does swim a bit funny now. "Fishy" has been with us for two years now. We pray that he survives another two.
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This looks like a good starter set:

<img src="http://www.nordichotels.se/objects/56.large.jpg">

Fill it with a few hundred bettas and crown the winner champion.
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We had one for a while.
The happiest day of my life was when our last fish died and we were finally able to get rid of the whole wretched mess.
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Originally Posted by cliffzig
Well, I just invested in a fish setup. I was cleaning out my aunt's attic and I came across an old fishbowl (2 gal) that had rat droppings and a dead roach inside. I took the fishbowl home and scrubbed it out thoroughly with vinegar and hot water. I hear soap residue can kill a fish. So after getting the fishbowl looking pretty, I head over to Wal-Mart.

There, I pick out a male betta. He wasn't the prettiest fellow, but I liked his enthusiasm. He was all fluffing out his fins and talking a bunch of shit to the betta in the next plastic bowl on the Wal-Mart shelf. I decided to take him. I can't believe I glossed over the 28 cent goldfish for a $3.44 betta. Spared no expense. Then I invested like 5 more dollars in rainbow colored gravel, a plastic plant, a cheap ass net scooper thing, and some of those water conditioner tablets. Topped it all off with some betta flakes.

All in all, I spent about $10 on this setup. The fish looks happy, and it makes me happy. I named the fish Dirty Sanchez.
awesome.
Old 01-25-06, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by cliffzig
There, I pick out a male betta. He wasn't the prettiest fellow, but I liked his enthusiasm.
That's my favorite freshwater fish. They come over to you when they see you and act pretty much like water-bound dogs.
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I had two bettas. After about a week one looked like it was gonna die. The other one looked fine. The sickly one outlived the other one by a year and a half.
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I've got a smaller aquarium with two bettas in it. I put a piece of plexiglass in the middle to keep them apart. They'll see each other, get in a huff, and then swim off forgetting about it. They'll forget until they see each other again. Constant fun.
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I have a 25G with a couple angels and a Pleco right now. I've had this aquarium set up for 3 years. Bought the angels at dime size and they are now full size. They swim to the front of the tank when I enter the room. They will jump out of the tank and take shrimp pellets from my hand. I have had several aquarium setups over the last 15 years and I have probably enjoyed this simple setup the most. If you can set up an attractive aquarium and keep it simple you will enjoy it more than an aquarium with everything that you liked at the fish store shoved into it. Do not buy an aquarium as a decoration. They take actual work to keep up and running. One last word of advice. Do not buy a pleco unless you know what you are buying . I know several people who have bought small plecos only to discover that some species can grow to almost a meter in length. Clown plecos and bristlnose plecos will only grow to around 4 inches.
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I recommend that you get a Koi pond and buy 12 Koi, with most of them ranging from 12 to 24 inches. Buy them from me, in fact, so we can get rid of our accursed pond.
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my brother-in-law works for a company that does custom tanks. If you have unlimited cash, check out the bad boys on this page:

http://livingcolor.com/res_aqu_gallery.cfm
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Originally Posted by Breakfast with Girls
This looks like a good starter set:

<img src="http://www.nordichotels.se/objects/56.large.jpg">

Fill it with a few hundred bettas and crown the winner champion.

OOOOOOhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...........five stripe frontosias!!!!!

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