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tropical fish

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by simply james, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. simply james

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    any one on here keep them,ive just set a tank up for my young daughter,whats a easy few fish to keep to start off with
     
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    James, Jenny has kept fish for many years, she has a 100 gallon aquarium with around 50 fish. The advice I'll give you is to ask your local aquatics guy what he recommends and go with that for starters. He will recommend something he is very knowledgable about, so good help will be at hand if needed, but I'll also ask Jenny if she'll send you some info.
     
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    i do mate have done for a while


    ermm easy fish to lookafter
    i would say a few plackys
    some guppies things like that schooling fish are allways easy to look after

    maybys the odd pleck .

    do you no penshaw very well mate ??
     
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    A pike would be fun :cool:
     
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    James, how strange you should post this today. I've kept tropicals on and off for 35 years, and after a gap of about two years, we've just set up a new tank today. Most of the 'livebearers' - fish that have live young - are fairly hardy, and these include Platys, Swordtails, Mollies, and Guppies. Mollies will live in freshwater, but really prefer slightly brackish ie. very slightly saltwater, Guppies, I've found, are still fairly tough, but not so un-fussy as they were 20 or 30 years ago - this may be where so many 'fancy' varieties have been bred. Most people aim to keep a 'community' tank, ie. a tank with quite a few different species, and although this looks lovely, care needs to be taken with regard to the needs of the different types, remember tropical fish can come from places as diverse as the Rift Valley in Africa where the Cichlids live in hard, fairly alkaline water, to the Characins and other Tetras that live in the soft, slightly acid waters of South America's Amazon basin. You will also need to take advice on the temperament of different fish, for instance if you put lively, fast moving species like tiger barbs with long finned, slow - moving species like Gouramis and Angels they will tend to nip at their fins and generally hassle them. In general, as Buzz says, talk to your local shop, take your time and avoid the temptation to buy loads of fish all at once - a couple this week, let them get established, and then another couple next week. Don't overcrowd the tank, and enjoy! There is a good online resource called the online aquarium. Hope this helps!:D
     
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    thanks for your help chaps,i new i could depend on you lot for a bit of info.
     
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    Just thought I'd post a few pics of my tropical fish up, James. You might want to show your daughter, and show us how she's getting on.
    1. Pearl (or Lace) Gourami, female 2. Silver Sailfin Molly, female 3. Guppy, female 4. Dwarf Gourami, male 5. 'Mickey Mouse' Wagtail Platy and two Sunset Platies 6. Pearl Gourami, male 7. Male Guppy, top, female Guppy, bottom.
     
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    thanks for taking the time to down load the pics,and helping me out with what to get what about water changes and testing the water with kits do i need to or not
     
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    In the early stages of a setup, you might consider up to a third of the water at a change at perhaps two week intervals. After six to eight weeks, drop this down to a quarter of the water at monthly intervals - all this on the assumption that you are using a filter in the tank. The aim is to build up a bacterial culture in the filter media, these aerobic bacteria break down the ammonia in the fishes wastes into nitrites and then eventually nitrates - these being the least harmful to the fish. The water changes dilute both these nitrates , and pheromones that the fish secrete, and allow the fish the best growth and health conditions. I've found that using a product like 'Cycle' helps with building up the helpful bacteria, you should also use a de-chlorinating liquid to take the chlorine and chloramines out of your tap water. Make sure your fresh water is the same temp. as your tank so as not to shock the fish, I run my tank at 25 deg C, thats 77 deg F in old money. Keep a plastic bucket just for your fishkeeping - you don't want to drink their water, and they don't want to drink your detergents - and many metals are toxic to fish. After six months or so, you may need to do a deeper clean on the system, ask me when the time comes, and I'll run through it for you. My advice on water testing kits is forget it! Testing for degrees of hardness, nitrites, nitrates, and ph (acidity or alkalinity) etc. is a waste of time unless you are prepared to start buying expensive kit like ion-exchange water softeners and reverse-osmosis units, and then only if you want to keep the more exotic and delicate species. :up:
     
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    i had a foot and a half long oscar . will post some pics tmorra as i am a bit drunk at the minuiut
     
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    wo thanks for that davy you defo know about fish mate thanks a lot
     
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    yeh post some picture when your sober mate
     
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    Thanks for the compliment, James.:eek: You clearly know plenty about your Raptors:up:. I was lucky enough to have a go at flying a Harris Hawk years ago, the thrill still lives with me:)
     
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    james mate are you still looking for some fish ?? as i have a pleck that is not far under a foot long that needs a new home , give is shout if you want it mate ... will put some pics up when a find out were the hell i put me phone last night lol :eek:
     
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    cheeres davy ,the thrill never goes away after flying a harris hawk does it lovely birds mate
     
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    funny enough mate ive just bought another tank today,but i dont know if it will be big enough for that plec ,but please put pics up mate
     
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    bob the oscar ( the big oarnge 1 ) sadly died last week . had had him for 3 years now :down::down::mad:


    and yes the cat fish is in the bath . been resealing my tank today and had no were els to put him lol how long is this stuff suposed to take to dry . its bin about 2 hours :confused::confused::confused:

    and the tube of tooth paste is so james can see how big it is :D:D View attachment 1147

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    very nice mate if i get my tank set up in time i think i will have that off you mate,sorry to hear about the other one
     
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    ill hang on to him for you mate if you want ...

    i like that other fish but it was a pain in the backside . he used to eat pretty much anythin you put in with him .. that pleck wa the only fish that lasted with him out of 30 fish :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    yep he was a big lad wasnt he
     

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