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Post by spencerclarke on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 10:33 pm

Evening all,

I've been toying with the idea of getting a fish tank for a while but don't really know where to start.

What type of tank would you advise?
What type of fish?
Is it expensive to start up?
Isit a hassle to clean and maintain?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Post by Reborn-DeeMcK-Reborn on Sun 05 Jan 2014, 11:34 pm

People often tell me I have the build of one
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Post by ONETWOFOREVER on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 12:12 am

Fish belong in the sea NOT confined to a 4x4 jail cell for you're amusement.

Yes I do eat fish but thats beside the point, I interact with fish when they are dead, they are not there for me to show off to my mates.

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Post by Galted on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 7:14 am

My brother used to keep a variety of fish/amphibians/reptiles going back quite a few years. He used to make his own tanks with glass and silicone sealant which was a lot cheaper than buying and obviously quite easy to customise to available space. Cleaning and maintaining I'd imagine would depend on what type of fish you're keeping, if you get the balance right the fish could maintain the tank themselves. He had a couple of placostamus which kept the tank clean of algae and were quite fascinating to watch.
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Post by seanmichaels on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 8:16 am

I've kept freshwater and saltwater tanks in the past. Freshwater tanks are generally quite easy to maintain, saltwater tanks virtually impossible, as well as being very expensive. You could get a decent set up for £100-£150 exc fish. The better looking ones like the biorb or biorb life ones are more expensive but limit the variety of fish you can have.

If you wanted something that looks ok and is fairly easy to maintain, just get a couple of types of tetras. You can then add a loach or 2 to help with the cleaning. If the tank is big enough you could get some mollies and guppies which will reproduce especially if there is enough cover.

Live vegetation in the tank supposedly helps clean the water but I've only ever had problems - disease and overgrowth. Also, don't be tempted to introduce snails......

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Post by Guest on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 10:42 am

Getting a fish tank?

No!

Should you do it...no, it'll be a ball ache...like gardening

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Post by rick_dagless on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 11:04 am

Have you thought about a Lava Lamp...

Same pay off for less maintenance, maybe coupled with sea monkeys

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Post by Guest on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 11:12 am

How about a lava TANK? That would be good and would double up as a fancy storage heater

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Post by rick_dagless on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 11:19 am

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How about a lava TANK? That would be good and would double up as a fancy storage heater

Or as a North Korean weapon to crush the non believing infidels below the heel of righteousness

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Post by spencerclarke on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 12:50 pm

Thanks for your responses guy.

Some useful ones and some.... umm not so useful ones! I did feel when writing the thread it may have a mixture of responses!

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Post by Guest on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 2:44 pm

rick_dagless wrote:DAVE667
How about a lava TANK? That would be good and would double up as a fancy storage heater

Or as a North Korean weapon to crush the non believing infidels below the heel of righteousness
Mine's a more comfortable option. Killing with kindness!!!!!!

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Post by seanmichaels on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 3:32 pm

Didn't Kim Jung-Un feed his uncle & 4 cronies to a pack of 120 starving dogs?

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Post by Guest on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 4:05 pm

If he was trying to feed 120 dogs with only five people then the poor creatures will still be ravenous

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Post by rick_dagless on Tue 07 Jan 2014, 7:22 am

seanmicheals wrote:Didn't Kim Jung-Un feed his uncle & 4 cronies to a pack of 120 starving dogs?

surely it would be more apt in korea to feed 4 dogs to a hundred starving Cronies?

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket on Tue 07 Jan 2014, 6:04 pm

We used to keep tropical fish - therapeutic and interesting when it is working well - but if disease gets into the tank can be hard going.

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Post by Steffan on Tue 07 Jan 2014, 8:19 pm

Two fish were in a tank

One said 'You drive...and I will man the guns'

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Post by Galted on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 10:07 am

Steffan wrote:Two fish were in a tank

One said 'You drive...and I will man the guns'

Well I thought that it was funny.
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Post by Guest on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 10:25 am

Corporalhumblebucket wrote:We used to keep tropical fish - therapeutic and interesting when it is working well - but if disease gets into the tank can be hard going.
Try not sticking your todger in then

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Post by rick_dagless on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 11:20 am

what did the fish say when it swam into a wall?

Dam

(sorry)

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Post by seanmichaels on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 11:54 am

rick_dagless wrote:what did the fish say when it swam into a wall?

Dam

(sorry)

Neither the time nor the Plaice for jokes like that.

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Post by rick_dagless on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 11:59 am

seanmichaels wrote:Neither the time nor the Plaice for jokes like that.

ill stop carping on I can see you have haddock enough

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Post by Galted on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 12:23 pm

There's a type of fish called a "monkeyface prickleback", you have to get one of these for your aquarium.
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Post by seanmichaels on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 12:49 pm

rick_dagless wrote:
seanmichaels wrote:Neither the time nor the Plaice for jokes like that.

ill stop carping on I can see you have haddock enough

Don't apologise just for the halibut.

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Post by rick_dagless on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:08 pm

well I have been Perched at this desk for a while so i may as well go trout for lunch.

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Post by Guest on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:19 pm

Galted wrote:There's a type of fish called a "monkeyface prickleback", you have to get one of these for your aquarium.
There's a species of poster called the Prickfaced Strongback....stick one of those in your aquarium and seal the lid on tight

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Post by spencerclarke on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:29 pm

DAVE667 wrote:
Galted wrote:There's a type of fish called a "monkeyface prickleback", you have to get one of these for your aquarium.
There's a species of poster called the Prickfaced Strongback....stick one of those in your aquarium and seal the lid on tight

Brilliant! Very Happy

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Post by spencerclarke on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:31 pm

Galted I just had a look at that fish, it's well funny. Expensive I'd guess though!


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Post by guildfordbat on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:55 pm

Spencer - if you are going to get a fish tank, you certainly need to be committed to it. As begged for by the Bat girls, we got one a few years back. Fun for a while but they fairly soon lost interest and when they flew the Bat cave, it was left to yours truly and Mrs Bat to regularly clean it out, a back aching and mind numbingly boring task I would add.

When the last fish died shortly before Christmas (of old age / natural causes it should be emphasised), I have to admit that neither Mrs Bat or I shed too many tears.

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Post by Guest on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 1:58 pm

What did you have for Xmas dinner? Fish perchance?

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Post by seanmichaels on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 2:04 pm

Two birds on a perch, one says to the other 'Can you smell fish?'

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Post by rick_dagless on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 2:13 pm

two snowmen in a field, one says to the other, "can you smell carrots?"

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Post by Guest on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 2:59 pm

TWO EGGS IN A PAN OF BOILING WATER, ONE SAYS "PHEW IT'S HOT"
OTHER ONE SAYS, "**** ME... A TALKING EGG!"

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Post by kingjohn7 on Sun 12 Jan 2014, 12:58 pm

Get an ecosphere,pretty cool imo.

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket on Sun 12 Jan 2014, 5:48 pm

guildfordbat wrote:Spencer - if you are going to get a fish tank, you certainly need to be committed to it. As begged for by the Bat girls, we got one a few years back. Fun for a while but they fairly soon lost interest and when they flew the Bat cave, it was left to yours truly and Mrs Bat to regularly clean it out, a back aching and mind numbingly boring task I would add.

When the last fish died shortly before Christmas (of old age / natural causes it should be emphasised), I have to admit that neither Mrs Bat or I shed too many tears.

A sucking loach can help with the cleaning to some extent - very useful if not pretty looking piscine hoover.  But even so plenty of need for human intervention!

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Post by ShahenshahG on Sun 12 Jan 2014, 6:56 pm

get a couple of cat fish

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