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Old 03-22-2012, 03:28 PM   #11
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Gotta change that filter cartridge every month or so!
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:45 PM   #12
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Fish size of 1 inch per gallon
Really? I thought that was a good one.
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Old 03-22-2012, 03:50 PM   #13
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Really? I thought that was a good one.
Would you put a 10 inch fish in a 10 gallon tank?
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:00 PM   #14
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Would you put a 10 inch fish in a 10 gallon tank?
Actually, now that you mention it... No! I guess I was thinking the more usual small fish kind of measurements. Like, I might consider something like 7 ember tetras for a 10 gallon, because I think they grow to 1.2 inches (ish). But I would look it up and check the math before I bought. So, yes, I see what you mean now.

It's more than just inches per gallon. There are other needs, like how much swimming space there is. It just didn't cross my mind that someone might use one measurement only!

Then again, I was in petcetera the other day and the bad advice I heard given out boiled down to 'Sure, you can buy the tank and the fish today! Just start with a few fish, maybe 4.' This was gold fish and one of those goldfish kits that is probably only around 5 gallons! I asked the dad if he had heard about cycling when the clerk wandered off to find baggies. He said no and I suggested he google it. I warned him that his fish might die if he didn't know how to deal with the ammonia. His reaction was to ask his wee girl if she'd be ok with some of the fish dying by mistake. She said yes. Meh. What do you say to that??? I just hope he googled it when he got home.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:21 PM   #15
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Just last week a girl at Petsmart wouldn't sell me black neon tetras because I told her they were to share a tank with my GBR. "Cichlids eat anything smaller than themselves", she said...After 20 minutes of convincing her they were safe she proceded to beat the neons with the net so bad I told her not to worry about it. She had the hand eye coordination of a drunken toddler...
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:53 AM   #16
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Sorry I haven't been on! College has been killing me! But, thanks so much for everything so far and lets keep it coming!

Sliderfish, you bring up a really good one. I have experienced many times of employees being too rough with fish, not realizing how easily they actually can be hurt.

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They told me it was safe to have a common pleco in my 10g
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:00 AM   #18
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I'm sorry. This is one of the reason why I'm doing this.
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They also said that 3 black skirt tetras would fit in my 10g with 1 pleco, 3 guppies and 3 glo fish. Black skirts get about 3" big, and up to 5" sometimes. They lasted maybe a week in my overstocked tank.
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:18 PM   #20
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They also told me that when I bought plants not to to gravel vacs, because the roots will eat ALL of the fish waste. That was a lie and screwed up my tank, I had to dump the water, clean out the gravel, and the fish were stressed for days from that (they had to sit in the dirty tank water for 45 min. in a gallon pitcher because I didn't have anything else to put them in) and my filter broke, so I had to re-cycle my tank as well. That was one nasty experience, I'm so glad I had the plants though because there was no surface agitation to keep oxygen in the water from the plants.
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