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Thinking about getting a fish and need help?

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July 19, 2019 / By Asaph
Question: I live in the basement of my house so most the time it is pretty cold. Ill need a fish that is ok with the colder temputatures. Im also looking for a cheapish set up (like $150-$200 max). With all this being said too a fish that doesnt need alot of work would be best because this will be my first fish. I dont want a bowl cause i think they are mean and a fish needs room just like humans. Id also like the fish to be kinda cheap haha. i already have 3 cats (1 is mine and the other 2 are my moms) and 2 dogs (1 is mine and 1 is my moms) haha
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Valary Valary | 8 days ago
as long as you get a tank heater you'll be fine with any fish. I highly suggest taking a trip to your local pet store, bring a pencil and paper. jot down fish you like and research their needs when you get home. look at a few tanks and the prices. look at decorations and decide on what types you like. check out plants and decide if you want live plants. there is a lot to consider. for a fish fish, you'll either want a tropical community or goldfish which are both relatively easy and don't require special foods or anything. in your price range you could easily get up to a 30g tank (either buy the supplies separately or get a tank with kit). just make sure you have all of these: tank filter heater gravel or sand thermometer water test kit light/hood (important if you're planning on growing plants) decorations of your choice net once you get everything, set it up, and then begin the cycling process. while you cycle you can research types of fish you like, I'll suggest a few, but it's always good to look around yourself. to learn how to cycle your tank check these out: http://www.fishlesscycling.com/articles/... http://www.algone.com/fishless_cycling.p... after your tank is cycled you can add your fish, it's best to add them slowly, a few fish a week. add the most aggressive fish last. be sure to float the bags in the tank for 1hr first, adding a few spoonfuls of tank water to the bag. then use your net to add them so the tank water isn't contaminated. so as for stocking here are a few common tropical community fish to research: tetras danios sharks (red tail, red fin, ect) corydora catfish plecostamus mollies platies gourami angels (and other cichlids) some other useful links: plants - http://fish.mongabay.com/plant_care.htm fish articles - http://www.fishlesscycling.com/articles.html forum for live help - http://www.fishlesscycling.com/forum/ good luck, feel free to email me if you have any questions along the way :) oh, and welcome to the hobby.
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Valary Originally Answered: Can You put a Japanese Medaka (Moonlight) fish in the same tank with 2 Koi fish and 2 plecostomus?
It is my opinion that no more fish should be added into this tank. It is highly overstocked as it is now. - Neither koi nor plecos belong in such small aquariums. - Plecos should not be housed with coldwater fish. It would be best to find the koi suitable homes, meaning someone with a koi/goldfish with room for a couple more. ~Healthy fish grow to potential. If your fish are NOT getting any bigger, it is because they are living in a poor environment. Your fish are stunted. "A common old wives tale is that fish grow to the size of the aquarium. Actually they will continue to grow as long as they have a quality environment. To find out, a group of researchers kept several trout in 3-inch diameter tubes. Clean water was constantly circulated through the tubes. The trout eventually grew to fill the tubes completely!" ~EDIT~ Your age is rather irrelevant. You can read which means you can research proper care for your fish. The very basics of building a pond mean digging out the desired shape and depth and covering it with a pond liner. The liner and filtration unit are generally the most expensive things. Judging from your measurements, assuming they are correct, you have about a 16.831169 gallon tank. Standard 20 gallons come in 2 sizes- The 20 gallon high has a 24"x12" footprint, and the 20 gallon long has a 30"x12" footprint.
Valary Originally Answered: Can You put a Japanese Medaka (Moonlight) fish in the same tank with 2 Koi fish and 2 plecostomus?
Keep telling yourself they are happy and healthy... Have you stopped to think WHY they aren't growing? A healthy well fed fish WILL grow to it's natural size, and for a Koi that's 2 to 3 FEET. If it doesn't, then something about it's environment is stunting it's growth. Lack of oxygen? NItrate and Ammonia in the water? Lack of food? If conditions in your tank were good, then those fish would grow until they could not physically turn around any more, and yet they haven't. If you want to subject some more fish to those same conditions, well it's your call. Ian

Scout Scout
Well *** long *** you acclimate the fish just about any hardy fish can survive. temps over 65 degrees but be careful. I would deffinately suggest a heater. Dont buy a cheap one but dont buy an expensive one. Umm id go with a 20 gallon tank if your a begginner and if you can afford it. or maybe 29 gallon. You could browse for a used one but if you do, Cleen it very well and examine for cracks. And glass would be better for a cold enviroment it would hold more heat. I prefer tropical and exotic fish. So get a nice filtre 20-30 gallons for a 20 gallon tank and stock it with like 2-4 fish at first. then if they live ad more fish that will get along with them.Be careful and dont put anyfish in it for a few months ( at least 48 days)because stuff needs to set up like bacteria. OR buy some i cant remember what its called but it setes up all the biological stuff you can get this easy like from zamzows. then pour it in to your tank after youve had stress coat sit in there. then wait a week or two. add the fish and enjoi. Monitor them VERY freqeuntly for the first two weekes. Ask around at the pet sotres. =]
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Oanez Oanez
i think you should get some fish try getting gold fish first they are easy to take care of. I think for the first fish tank is you should get a 5 gallon at walmart they have one for 30 dollars. you should get the tank first and let the water cycle through so your fish will have a better chance of living. that's what i have leaned in the past but if you want like a fish that has lots of babies then go with guppies i have some of my own. the guppies usually come pregnant . i hope i have been a help bye
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Oanez Originally Answered: How to cycle with fish?
1. I'd never recommend cycling with fish. Do fishless-cycling if you can, directed in this post: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... But i know your situation is different, and you're stuck now. Set up a second tank if you can... #2 Now, having ammonia in your water is extremely dangerous to your fish. - Do a 50% water change as soon as you can. Use conditioner. Do it slowly and make sure the temperatures of the 2 match. Because your tank is small, and that your fish are already very stressed. - Then rush to get an ammonia removal filter media or product at a LFS. This will temporarily solve the problem. - Buy beneficial bacteria product like Cycle or Stability. I can argue about that later, but it works well, but it takes days to have full effect, and make sure you shake it well, and overdose. #3 Your cycle shouldn't have anything to do with your 0 nitrate. It could be your plant living off the nitrate. #4 If I were you, i'd use a second tank to do a fishless cycling, then use that filter with the fish once that's done. Using that link above, it'd take you about 10-14 days to cycle a tank fishlessly if you do it right. While waiting the second tank to cycle, you would do frequent water change daily or bi-daily, and underfeed. If that's not an option, you will have to let the cycle slowly re-adjust. Every day, do a 25% partial water change siphoning all the leftover food. Put a cap or 2 of Beneficial Bacteria product on daily basis. (Don't use ammonia removal product anymore, else it'd never cycle). Feed normally. At second week, keep doing the same, but every other day. At third week, partial change water every 3 days, and stop using bacteria products. By the fourth week, your tank should have been safely re-adjusted. You can do your water change weekly now. Make sure you never over feed. Now, let's figure out the source of your problem, why did your cycle broke? 1. Could be your cycle wasn't probably done. Say it's not this. 2. You overfed. Make sure you don't feed more than what they can finish in less than a minute. Twice or 3 times a day. 3. You new load of fish can't be supported. Don't add more than 1 fish every 6 weeks. And whenever you do so, make your water change slightly more frequent, and avoid using much more food than you usually do. 4. You messed up, you forgot to use conditioner. 5. Your conditioner didn't take care of chloramine. Chloramine is commonly found in city water, which is a combo of Chlorine with Ammonia, to make the chlorine last longer. But most conditioner should take care of this. Anyway, good luck man! :)

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