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Old 06-02-2004, 10:30 AM   #11
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As I said, an angelfish will suffer at full size in that tank.

I wouldn't buy anything else for your tank at this point until you buy your own liquid test kit and are checking the water everyday to examine the parameters. Neon tetras are a poor choice for new tanks, FYI. They tend not to be very accepting of tanks without maturity and stable conditions, and also those without lower pH's and softer water. The stock that comes in from the LFS is also very poor sometimes. You may get lucky, but not usually. Keep a close eye on them.

If they do work out, get yourself some sort of labyrinth (ex. betta) for your show fish. But the tetras should really be in larger, more mature tanks to facilitate a larger school without maxing out your bioload.

When I was little my parents would buy whatever and throw it into our 55g. We lost a lot of fish, but they just kept buying more, and at that point I thought it was fine because I didn't really understand what was happening. The only time I can recall I really got interested in the health of the fish was when they bought a "blue lobster" and it ate my pet angelfish, which was named "Bruce." I don't know how particular your memory is on the subject of your childhood tanks, but looking back on it now I would not consider ours a success despite the fact that we had a number of fish that lived for years.
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Good advice. I do have a water test kit and use it every day, but I wanted to have the shop test it too to make sure I wasnt missing anything. Im not sure what I'd get if I took all the fish back. Most of the small fish that are hardy are just plain boring and ugly. I may as well have gotten a small bowl with a dirty goldfish in it. Maybe I'll start looking into buying my fish online as there seems to be a better selectin than whats available locally.
Oh well, better luck next time. Thanks for the advice all.
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I would just upgrade to a 20-29 gallon tank in a few months. You can by a 29 gal. from walmart for $100 that has everthing but a stand and gravel.
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I deffinitely plan on upgrading. The lfs has a 55 gallon tank for $110 and I can build a stand. I think I have everything I need except for a bigger filter and some new plants. My airpump should be plenty large.
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Sounds like a good deal!
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