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post #1 of 24
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Does anyone have an interest in tropical fish ?And fantails ?
post #2 of 24
Here's some of mine:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=199665

I've been keeping fish for ummmm, quite a few yrs.

I've bred bettas, asst. livebearers, assorted cichlids, and my proudest moment was breeding my s.multipunctatus I do not breed fish anymore, but keep 2 large tanks....

I'm not a big fan of fantails, or even goldfish in particular. But if I had to pick a fav goldie, it would be the normal orange and white goldfish that you can buy as feeder fish.
post #3 of 24
Yeah i keep tropical fish i tend to keep livebearers, but im keeping tetras at the moment im saving up to get a tank to keep Betta's again I used to have a beautiful Crowntail
post #4 of 24
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Cool! Ive recently got to krebensis? Cichlids. I was not awere at the time that they were male and female and now im overrun with babies!! And i didn't even try to breed!! Ive got 3 tanks at mo, 2 community and 1 with 2 fantails who are about 2 years old. But i would LOVE a marine tank !!
post #5 of 24
Yup- I've had all kinds of freshwater tropical fish since I was little, like 7-8 years old. Right now I have a new tank with a bunch of guppies and endlers, 1 blue gourami, 2 ghost shrimp, 3 mountain minnows, and a really cool little snail dude. I would take a picture but it's really cloudy from the ammonia levels and it getting all adjusted with the bacteria and stuff. I've had lots of different common fish, like tetras, platys, mollies, swordtails, goldfish, all the normal stuff.
post #6 of 24
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Yup- I've had all kinds of freshwater tropical fish since I was little, like 7-8 years old. Right now I have a new tank with a bunch of guppies and endlers, 1 blue gourami, 2 ghost shrimp, 3 mountain minnows, and a really cool little snail dude. I would take a picture but it's really cloudy from the ammonia levels and it getting all adjusted with the bacteria and stuff. I've had lots of different common fish, like tetras, platys, mollies, swordtails, goldfish, all the normal stuff.

This is Sid! An Apple snail! Keeps the tank clean!
post #7 of 24
Uh cait, you might want to find someone looking for feeder fish (unless that offends you). You're going to have a tankfull for Krebs very shortly.

I used to breed bettas as well actually, but gave up because I found it way too expensive to keep them alive (we had city water and the algeacide they put in would wipe me out!). I used to have some big tanks of oscars but I moved away from home & sadly my family was unable to care for them properly in my absense (stupid me trusting my teenage siblings...).

Right now we've got one lonely pleco & a tank of 1 sailfin, 2 cory (I know there should be more!! but the tank is too small) and 3 kohlie loaches.

If you have ANY fish questions I'd be happy to try and answer them.

Be forwarned - marine tanks are quite expensive compaired to freshwater & take allot of knowledge to set up properly.
post #8 of 24
Kribis are awesome little cichlids.
Once you become familiar with cichlids, you'll see just how easy it is to determine their gender.

I've always loved the dwarf cichlids, I used to keep a (rather large) tank with Kribis, Keyholes and Rams.
post #9 of 24
Ooh! Me! Me!

I'm a fan of fish. Currently I have a Betta named Roger who's been around for almost 2 years, and a fair goldfish named Luke who I've had since I won him at the Pecan Festival 3 years ago. I also have a tank of various Cichlids-- Magwich and Jeeves are both Convicts, The Ripper is a Jack Dempsey, and CF is a Blood Parrot. They also have a Black Mystery Snail who I call Black Beard who lives with them and keeps the tank clean!

I took a marine bio class my senior year in high school in which we needed to maintain a fish tank. All of the Cichlids I have now were from my boyfriend and his friend's tank, and I took them home after the year was out. My tank had some tetras in it and some random fish that happened to somehow survive the summer alone in what we thought was a drained tank, but due to an unfortunate mishap they all died. After the class was over I kept taking care of the Cichlids and a little black and blue saltwater fish that another guy in the class left behind. I wasn't willing to set up a saltwater tank at home for him, but I did take the Cichlids home since my boyfriend couldn't.

About 5 years ago a friend got 2 Convicts as babies and one of them grew up to bully the other one. I took the bully off of her hands and gave it to my brother who named him Pete. Unfortunately Pete died earlier this year, but he did live about 6 years. He was a horrible, mean fish, but I still miss him

This is Pete:


What kind of Cichlids do you have? And I went through the same thing, except it was snails in one of our school tanks :p
post #10 of 24
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Thanks for advice, they were a present so i didn't know, although i found out they were m/f after it was too late!! Ive got 8 survivers at mo and getting bigger by the day! Keeping one of them called him Nemo! This is my big tank , 5ft


Ive got neon tetras,x ray tetras, alge loach,Green barb and a siamese fighting fish who is beautiful.
Ive also got (again a present) pelco,called Monty Burns!, who is getting too big really. Not very exciting! and would like to get the tanks looking better but haven't had the time at mo! Had pretty much all community fish in the past 15 years but i would like to have a tank of a perticular type, if you know what i mean?!
post #11 of 24
You may want to re-home monty if he's a common pleco (black or brown) they get well over 12"... edit: sorry I didn't realise that tank was 5' wide, 1' deep? If it's really that big - you need more fish!!

Personally my favourite are oscars for their incredible personalities! (although those ugly mugs aren't for everyone). If you really like the Krebs the world of cichlids (which include oscars) is VERY exciting!!
post #12 of 24
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Im not sure if Monty is a common pelco this is him:



Sorry it's not a very good pic, hes about 6/7 inches at mo and i have to say he scares me a bit when i do a water change or replace plants cause of his size! Had him for abot 3 two years. I dont know of anywhere i could re home him, i dont know of anyone that would be able to have him.
Ive always had a thing about Catfish, had a Gibbicep? and a black with white spots catfish but not sure what it was!
post #13 of 24
If he's in the 5x1 tank that should be big enough for him, the bigger the tank you put them in the larger they will get & monty could easily get twice as big.

He is a common pleco, the best place for pleco info: www.planetcatfish.com (more then you'll want to know!). You should be a little careful as the front of their top fin can be a little sharp - but they are just skittish. They are actually nocturnal & you may want to install a black-light over your tank - you'd never know he was so active .

However! Be forewarned they do get a little carnivorous as they get older, you may want to offer some smelt (you can get it at the fish-counter at the grocery store - they always think I'm NUTS getting just one!!) to keep him from snacking on your babies!
post #14 of 24
My daughter has a dog-faced puffer named Kiwi. I love him. If she puts her hand in the tank he'll let her pet him. It's so cool!
post #15 of 24
I LOVE fishkeeping!! I have quite a few tanks! (which since I'm moving at the moment, is NOT fun to have to move fish and tanks!)

I have a female convict cichlid, a common pleco that's quite old and is HUGE, glofish, ghost/glass catfish, albino cory cats, TONS of bettas, african dwarf frogs, lemon tetras...just to name a few.

I'm dying to get a lime green dwarf spotted puffer once I get settled in! I would love to set up a huge saltwater tank after I graduate from med. school too! We'll see!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I LOVE fishkeeping!! I have quite a few tanks! (which since I'm moving at the moment, is NOT fun to have to move fish and tanks!)

I have a female convict cichlid, a common pleco that's quite old and is HUGE, glofish, ghost/glass catfish, albino cory cats, TONS of bettas, african dwarf frogs, lemon tetras...just to name a few.

I'm dying to get a lime green dwarf spotted puffer once I get settled in! I would love to set up a huge saltwater tank after I graduate from med. school too! We'll see!

African Dwarf frogs sounds cool ! I love frogs! Did you know that when a cat puts their paw on it's head it squeeks??!! My old cat used to catch them from our pond ! I would like to get another tank and have something unusual but i dont know what ! I moved home recently, your right,it's no fun moving the fish!
post #17 of 24
I have lots of puffers myself, all neon colors.
Hey...i was actually looking into the respiratory therapy with my niece at our little 2 year community college. Do you mind me asking why you decided to go to medical school as opposed to doing the 2 year deal, resp. therapy? I dont mean to be nosey but thats a HUGE HUGE HUGE transition, I am so worried that my niece (whom i provide for)wont stick with this RT program. Well, and she isnt the brightest crayon in the box - jk! (lol) or the cash to do medical school! ;-) Any advice?
post #18 of 24
I used to run over 300 gallons of aquariums but am down to just three tanks at the moment,

1) 55 gallon community tank w/ various species... tiger barbs, one angelfish, bichirs, an african brown knife, dwarf neon rainbows, some cats, eels & loaches.

2) 75 gallon mbuna tank w/ about 12 mbuna of varying sizes, a pictus cat and one large black spotted eel.

3) 50 gallon with a single solitary wolf fish
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Hypancistrus View Post
I used to run over 300 gallons of aquariums but am down to just three tanks at the moment,

1) 55 gallon community tank w/ various species... tiger barbs, one angelfish, bichirs, an african brown knife, dwarf neon rainbows, some cats, eels & loaches.

2) 75 gallon mbuna tank w/ about 12 mbuna of varying sizes, a pictus cat and one large black spotted eel.

3) 50 gallon with a single solitary wolf fish
Ive got a green barb,that im having problems with hes getting a bit too agressive!
post #20 of 24
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Ive got a green barb,that im having problems with hes getting a bit too agressive!
Add more if you have the space... most people say Tiger Barbs will nip angel fins, but mine have lived together for months with no issue. I do have 10-12 tiger barbs though, and they pick on each other instead of the others. Very bright, active tank...

Forgot to mention, we also have a small 10 gallon marine. Right now it's only liverock, crabs, snails and one small coral, but we'll be working on it more this fall!
post #21 of 24
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Thanks, it's a 5 ft tank and ive only got a pelco,two krebensis and a alge loach in there at the mo. And a siamese fighting fish.The neons and baby krebensis are in a second tank and 2 large fantails in another. But Ive been told ive got M.T.S...Mutiple Tank Syndrome!! Ive got to get another tank so seperate the Famale and Male krebensis as ive got 8 babies as it is!!
post #22 of 24
i owned a few bettas my self. i bought this really pretty dark blue male, for my mom for her birthday. and my mom sister gave us a vase to put him in. now at the time my cats never bothered with them. just sat there and watched it.

the fishes name was fred. well one night my mom went over to her friends house, and she came back to find the vase tipped over, and water all over the place. and fred laying there on the floor. tigger came up and sat down and had that expression on his face like "Mom look what I did. Aren't you proud of me?".

about 3 yrs ago, i had this ten gallon tank, and i got a electric blue lobster. i named him blue. he was so pretty. when i first got him he was so tiny, used to hide in a snail shell. then 1 yr and a half later he was huge. but he got out of the tank and dried up.
post #23 of 24
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Sorry to hear about Blue My Pelco escaped out of the tank once! I found him in the morning on the floor,it looked like he was dead but he was fine, aparently they can survive in a small puddle of water and are quite resiliant. We used to call him houdini ! But now we call him Mr. Monty Burns !!
post #24 of 24
I had a blue lobster in college and honestly, that is one species I wouldn't mind keeping again. I also have always wanted to do a large "mangrove" set up with fiddler crabs and mudskippers!
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