Originally Posted by Jill
So there is different info on the "size and limitations" of a nano fw
tank too...you just said it. Certain fish shouldn't be kept in one, and the number of fish that can be kept in one certainly more than any other time don't fall under the "1 inch per gallon" rule. It would be nice to have all of this info in one spot on AA. I don't know about you, but I've seen more than my fair share of the "I have x amount of fish in a 5 gallon" thread, and the same information is repeated to these people time and time again. Let's have all of that info in one spot.
Bravo to "looking into it".
Okay, but I think you missed my point. The basic requirements of successful fish keeping has some general rules. In FW
the general rule is 1" of fish per 1 gal
of water. That rule applies to a 1 gal
tank as well as a 100 gal
tank. The only variation to this general rule comes when you have certain fish that require more space due to their eventual mature size or other special needs that are out of the ordinary. (Example, I once saw a Turishuki cat in a 125 gal
tank. The tank measured 6'Lx24"Hx24"W or there abouts. The problem was he was 4' long. This meant that the fish could not turn around in the tank even tho his measurements did not exceed the tanks gallonage or the 1"per gal
rule. This is the exception to the rule. ) So No, there really aren't any "special "rules for a Nano FW
tank whereas there are different rules in a "Nano" SW
tank because the invertebrate life in SW
uses the tank much differently than fish do in a FW
With respect to your thoughts on fish not following that 1/1 rule, you do need to use some common sense. You shouldn't put let's say a 2" Oscar in a 5 gal
tank and say you have 3 more inches of fish space so let's add more. Obviously, some research would reveal that this fish grows large and needs more space at any age. This is where the need to learn about the different species of fish comes into play. Once again, this applies to all species of fish you are interested in keeping and what their requirements are.
As for your thoughts on " I have x number of fish in my tank..." You may want to look at a thread titled "When is it ok to overcrowd a tank?"
But all that being said, you made a valid point which is that it would be nice to have all this info in one place. Truth be told, I found and joined this site in an effort to answer questions opposed to asking them. (If you look at my BIO you'll understand why
) I have not had the issues on finding information as you may have so in that respect, I wholey agree that if it puts the info under 1 roof, I'm all for it.
Please understand, I would never want to discourage someone from learning about this wonderful hobby before spending a penny on it. In my 47+ years of fish keeping, I believe I have been without some specie of fish in my care for no more than maybe a cumulative 6 months. That's a lot of fish keeping experience
and I was trained by a Master with a degree not just a self proclaimed master. I'm very passionate about fish
and proper fish keeping.
So in the spirit of this site's name, I respectfully would like to offer this advice:
If you learn the basic rules of FW
fish keeping, it applies to all size aquariums. If you are interested in a certain specie of fish, learn about that fish and apply it's needs to your aquarium. It really isn't too much harder than that.
Good luck with the thread and I hope it gets done