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Old 03-24-2012, 07:23 PM   #21
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Wow. I'm really sorry. That's just a horror story.
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #22
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It was some serious issues. I hate that the only lfs I have available are petco and petsmart. You have to do homework on the fish before you go there (and I certainly didn't know that before) at least now all my fish are happy!

They do that thing where they say schooling fish do best in groups of three, but honestly theyre supposed to be in groups of 5-6 minimum. Their signs are even wrong!
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:41 PM   #23
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To play devil's advocate- Caveat emptor. Just sayin'.... you probably wouldn't go into RC airplanes, dog agility, model trains, antique collecting, etc. without some minimal research on your own, rather than going into it blindly trusting whatever a salesperson tells you. This hobby is the same way IMO. Some personal responsibility should be accepted by the impulse buyer, same as any other hobby.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:18 AM   #24
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To play devil's advocate- Caveat emptor. Just sayin'.... you probably wouldn't go into RC airplanes, dog agility, model trains, antique collecting, etc. without some minimal research on your own, rather than going into it blindly trusting whatever a salesperson tells you. This hobby is the same way IMO. Some personal responsibility should be accepted by the impulse buyer, same as any other hobby.
I have learned my lesson on that and will research as much as I can before starting any new hobbies. Though I tend to be a little on the impatient side when it comes to things I get excited about.

Have we done the instant cycling one yet? I was told 24h of running the tank the fish would be just fine :/ they even said the the water was good even though their was no nitrates in it. Also said that two fancy goldfish and two bamboo shrimp can live happily in a 5 gallon. Ya defenatly learned that lesson. Don't listen to lfs about fish, rather do the hard work of researching then to get bad information.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:42 AM   #25
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There is a belief that old water is good for fish and so should be held onto for as long as possible. This stems from a misconception regarding where the beneficial bacteria are in an aquarium.

Another myth surrounding schooling fish I have seen or heard a few times is that they do best in odd numbers. Somehow this fish count and decide how they will act based on even or odd counts.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:49 AM   #26
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Another myth surrounding schooling fish I have seen or heard a few times is that they do best in odd numbers. Somehow this fish count and decide how they will act based on even or odd counts.
I have heard of this and it has always bugged me. I even read in one of the magazines they have at Petsmart about a year ago that odd is better than even. I almost want to believe there is actually something to this. Aesthetically, I feel like odd looks better than even, but it most likely has no actual effect as long as there is a decent number for the school. Definitely something I would look into further.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:10 PM   #27
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I overheard a lfs employee telling a girl she could have a tiger oscar and neon tetras in a 20 gallon, I had to go tell her that was never going to work :/
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Old 03-26-2012, 01:04 PM   #28
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I actually thought about some things I see that might help you and I came up with these:

1. How about the old fish have a three second memory. I am pretty sure mine remember my feeding time routines pretty well .

2. Start with a small tank. It is so much easier to maintain my 55 and 72 than my 29 and 20. I don't think many newbies know this.

3. You can always trade away your fish when it gets big. If it gets too big, maybe you should avoid it in the first place, or buy the bigger set up and get it going before the fish purchase.

4. You have to have an algae eater. I really don't like this because I have heard it from so many people. Algae eaters, meaning anything from a pleco to SAE or who knows what else, usually pollute my tanks more than the other fish! *side note I went to petco and asked for some Otto cats this weekend and was told they didn't have any but had some nice corys and clown loachs that eat algae...
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chemicals and medicine are the first choice for fixing a tank issue
plants that are sold under the name aquatic ex. lucky bamboo, purple waffle
goldfish are good for cycling a tank (my lfs dose not know about a fish-less cycle)
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Old 03-28-2012, 12:46 AM   #30
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I think the goldfish being good for cycling a tank is said because they have a large enough bio-load for 3+ fish, and no one really feels bad about flushing them because they're cheap. But it's pretty wrong to buy a fish just to kill it (and I'm not saying feeding fish to fish is bad, that doesn't really bother me. It's the buying a fish just to cycle a tank and then flush it, ugh)

But I thing the goldfish thing has some slight truth to it, not to be rude or anything, it's just a thought (though I would never promote that form of cycling in the first place )
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