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Offlinefelix
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Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful
    #2875219 - 07/10/04 04:18 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

I was in walmart the other day and decided to walk by the fish tanks. they have a nice little collection and was thinking of getting a few to start out. They had some types of pygmy sharks that i liked along with a bunch of others.

does anyone have a nice fish tank? i think they add a nice color to the room. they add a little life and soothing bubbly sound too. anybody know of some easy to follow sites about pet fish or have any first hand info about keeping some? like what kind of stuff do you need...pump, filter sizes...things like that.

what kind of fish do you have or want?


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: felix]
    #2875257 - 07/10/04 04:33 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i keep many fish. what exactly do you need to know?

i think the first and best advice youll ever get is...dont buy them from walmart. i wouldnt even get em from petmsart or big box store type pet stores...just arent good.

anyway as for bettas, they are easy as fuck. along with gills they have can breath surface air. so airation isnt needed. they come from rice fields in the orient so are used to shallow quarters...personally i think little bowls are cruel, i would want at least a 5gal tank or equivalent. they are also not as sensative to chlorine, so tap water can be used without thought really. VERY pretty fish.

here is a link of a great breeder that breeds em here in bc. pricey, but good photos. www.bcbetta.com

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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: felix]
    #2875593 - 07/10/04 10:39 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)



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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: OldSpice]
    #2876108 - 07/10/04 05:00 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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Alounacara said:




Is that some kind of cichlid? Did I even spell that right? Nice colors whatever it is.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #2876146 - 07/10/04 05:23 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Its one of my old breeding males and yes it is a African Cichlid...
It is a Alounacara OB ....OB stands for "orange blotched"
All of the Alounacara species are also called "Peacocks"
This is the only type i breed now...Its a Aulonacara Ngara.. Aulonacara is the correct spelling and "Alounacara" is the way it was spelled in all my books by the man who originally found this species..I first started breeding the African Cichlids way back in 1978 and used to sell them to most all the petshops in Houston.
I still supply my Ngaras to a exclusive African Cichlid supplyer in Austin....
Ck out my old partners fish...He supplys all over the US
www.fishrushouston.com


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: OldSpice]
    #2876182 - 07/10/04 05:40 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

here is my tank as of last month:



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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: felix]
    #2876202 - 07/10/04 05:51 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i got a beta i keep in this thing below-



i like it because it's cheap easy to clean and the bamboo is purdy.
all the junk around because i'm moving :stoned:


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: felix]
    #2876297 - 07/10/04 06:31 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Although I don't currently have a set-up, I've been an aquarist for many years. To start out, I would advise a 10 gallon tank, undergravel filter, and a heater. There are also many good books designed for the neophyte aquarist. Of course, you'll need rocks, etc. too as well as fish. Preferably cheap fish, that way if you kill them by over feeding them (a common mistake) you won't be out much. Plus you can get a bigger set-up as you grow more experienced.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: Le_Canard]
    #2876480 - 07/10/04 07:50 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

hehe i have 2 fancy goldfish (all i can keep at my place). After about 3 weeks I finally named them. Kai and Lana. They are both BEAUTIFUL!

with goldfish - it's a lot about cleaning. hehe. they are lil pigs!!

i also found out that goldfish are better on a vegetarian diet. so i keep a live plant in there for them to pick at and also give a slice of zuchinni which they LOVEEEE. It's so funny.

i've always had fish - i did the guppie route. also the tetras and such.

dont keep a beta fish in a little tank - i too believe that's cruel.

fish are great - but don't think of them as just fish - they are very special and shouldn't be treated like an easy pet.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: Delyrium]
    #2876659 - 07/10/04 10:13 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

do you think it's cruel what i have my beta in? i don't really see the point of getting something bigger for just one fish and he'll kill anything i put in with him. i rescued him from a tiny plastic bowl and now he's got bamboo roots, distilled water, and a loving home, but now you make me question if i'm being creul to him or not :frown:


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: John]
    #2876676 - 07/10/04 10:19 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Its not cruel as long as you keep the water clean...they only feel things like eating and breeding...you cant hurt a fishes feelings


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: kadakuda]
    #2877108 - 07/11/04 02:03 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

thanks for the link kadakuda, that guy has some very vibrant colored fish. i want several of the ones he has, but i don't think i can afford them.  the conditions the fish live in at walmart aren't that great...all the more reason to rescue them and bring them home with me.  a couple of the tanks had dead fish being sucked into the filter devices.  the idiot there didn't really care for the fish...it's like it was 'just his job'.

alounacara, damn tex...i would have never known you bred such beautiful creatures. :laugh:  right on man.  thanks for the links.

dnl, i don't see any fish..what kind do you have?

john, my mom told me about this thing she wanted to do with a vase, plant and one of those betas.  i think she wants to do something exactly like that, but with a different plant. 

toiletDuk, that's about the size i want i think..if not a little bigger.  i used to have 2 fish when i was much younger.  so i know basically what i need, but not really..know what i mean?

delyrium, kai and lana are nice names.  did you know kai means ocean in hawaiian?  i felt bad for all the betas i saw at walmart.  they had about 20-30 of those fighting type and were all just stacked up in small plastic containers in about a cup of water each.  none of them moved once while i was checking them out.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: OldSpice]
    #2877760 - 07/11/04 12:01 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Those are some nice looking cichlids. Thats cool that you are a breeder. I never got into cichlids but I had fish for years. When I bought my house 3 1/2 years ago I sold my tank (intending to get a new one for the house) but I never bought another one. I miss my tank now. It was a gorgeous 70 gallon "tall" tank. Although it was only 70 gal the face was about the same dimensions as a 50 inch big-screen TV. It had a beautiful oak stand/canopy. I had really nice healthy fish. The last couple years I don't think I ever lost one fish. I don't know what the life expectancy of fish are but I had fish that were pushing 5 years old.

Ever since I bought my house I have been threatening to get a tank. One of these days I'll do it. I think I'm gonna dive right in to salt-water. Always looked like fun. And we have a really great fish store here with knowledgeable staff and healthy fish. Damn, now I got myself thinking about it again. I just might have to do it!


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #2877790 - 07/11/04 12:13 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Hey Summit Universal Aquatics is locayed in Pasadena Tx and i sell Aquariums...any size, Bow Fronts are very popular now
The only thing is how much shipping cost would be?
Find what you want and let me know how much it costs
An exanple is a 180 gallon tank w/glass top,lights and oak stand sells for about $1.000...thats real cheap


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: felix]
    #2877997 - 07/11/04 02:08 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

i had a sweet ass 75 gallon fish tank in my old bedroom at my dads house.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: YouEnjoyMyself]
    #2878023 - 07/11/04 02:22 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

ya Kai means Sea/Ocean and Lana means to float. :smile: i don't know if i want her to FLOAT ahah but ya know... i needed it to be a water-esque type name. :smile:


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: OldSpice]
    #2878025 - 07/11/04 02:24 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

Alounacara said:
Its not cruel as long as you keep the water clean...they only feel things like eating and breeding...you cant hurt a fishes feelings




btw - i beg to differ:
http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s844965.htm


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: Delyrium]
    #2878136 - 07/11/04 03:11 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

There is a differance between Feeling and Feelings...


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: OldSpice]
    #2878139 - 07/11/04 03:13 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

how is keeping a fish in a tiny restrictive tank hurting it's "feelings"? it's just not nice - fish like to swim and shouldn't be restricted like that.


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Re: Pet Fish - Fighting Betas - Small Sharks - Colorful [Re: Delyrium]
    #2878150 - 07/11/04 03:17 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

bettas hate to swim...


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