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    Default Could I have an aquarium?

    Hi All,

    I have been thinking of getting an aquarium and a house move means I've now got a nice alcove to put one in.
    Given what's on tv these days, I'm thinking that watching a fish tank might be more interesting!

    Now I know absolutely nothing about this subject so I'm guessing I have a lot to learn before I buy anything.
    Is there a good book out there or other resources for this?
    Space available is roughly w1000mm x d300mm x h600mm and its in the living room out of direct sunlight.

    My problem is that the wife says she will have absolutely nothing to do with it so all maintenance will be down to me, although I'm banking on persuading her to feed the fish when I'm not there.
    That's because I'm frequently away from home for 1-2 weeks at a time with work.

    Given the above, is it realistic for me to keep an aquarium at all?
    If it is, as I say I'll be starting from scratch with zero knowledge.

    Any advice gratefully accepted.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    Who are you kidding! your just wanting to fish while at home ��

    On a serious note a friend keeps and breeds tropical fish, apparently there's a lot of effort in keeping aquariums healthy according to him?

    Al

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    I did it many many years ago, bred several species successfully, mainly Guppies, great to watch, takes a fair bit of upkeep cleaning etc and disease like white spot is prevalent.
    You can get auto feeders these days if the wife gets awkward.
    Try the library first get a basic book, it’s not rocket science but cleanliness is everything.
    If you buy new fish isolate them for a few days before introducing them to the main tank as they may be carrying disease.
    If I ever did it again I’d go with marine fish rather than tropical, more risky but the colours are stunning.
    Have fun.
    S.
    Men and fish are alike, they both get into trouble when they open their mouths.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    Cold water is easier than tropical which is easier than salt water.
    I kept a cold water tank for a few years, eventually a carp got too big so I had to dig a pond in the garden for him.
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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    heres mine IMG_20190106_185507.jpg
    its a jewel trigon it s stocked with chiclids
    they even bred a few times
    Last edited by doobrysnatcher; 06-01-2019 at 06:29 PM.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    I have 2 tropical tanks about the size you have space for. Clean the filters and do a partial water change every 2 weeks. About an hours work. Have had different tanks over the years all with a similar routine and the tanks are crystal clear and all the fish healthy. Only feed once a day. Wouldn't recommend a tank with built in filters and heaters. Get seperated as you can't over filter a tank. Go to a good aquarium shop for advice first. And I only use plastic plants. Been down the RO water and special plant pumps but not worth the money and effort. Stick with plastic. Purist will look down their noses.
    Last edited by linkledger; 06-01-2019 at 08:10 PM.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    Quote Originally Posted by linkledger View Post
    I have 2 tropical tanks about the size you have space for. Clean the filters and do a partial water change every 2 weeks. About an hours work. Have had different tanks over the years all with a similar routine and the tanks are crystal clear and all the fish healthy. Only feed once a day. Wouldn't recommend a tank with built in filters and heaters. Get seperated as you can't over filter a tank. Go to a good aquarium shop for advice first. And I only use plastic plants. Been down the RO water and special plant pumps but not worth the money and effort. Stick with plastic. Purist will look down their noses.
    Ok, no idea what the last part of your post means, from RO water.
    I'd have guessed that real plants would help with the water quality but as I say, I have no idea really.
    Whatever happens, it's got to be minimal maintenance for the reasons in my OP but an hours work every two weeks is no problem.
    Cheers.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    I'll have a punt at reverse osmosis

    Do it, but as said find yourself a really good shop and follow their advice. Unsurprisingly, it's all about the water.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    RO is reverse osmosis. You put tap water through an RO unit it makes the water pure. Lot of faffing about. Plastic plants and a decent filter. An interal filter with a built in UV should be fine.

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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    dont forget the nitrogen cycle for planted aquariums

    just fillit up with conditioned h2o and maintain the required temp
    leave for a week and add 1 fish only you can add more once this cycle establishes itself
    pateince is the word here dont rush it or it will all fail
    lIMG_20190106_232145.jpg
    heres my other planted tank sorry it hasnt been cleaned for a while
    it has about 15 tetras of different kinds neons glowlights etc

    and oh yeah always add a sucker fish to the tank to help keep the algae at bay
    Last edited by doobrysnatcher; 06-01-2019 at 10:30 PM.

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