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Old 03-21-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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Hi all,
I have flirted with the idea of a fish tank for a long time and finally I've decided to take the plunge. I've been doing a little bit of online and pet store research and have lots of questions. I'd appreciate any advice and ideas that you have. I am here to learn from your experience.

In a nutshell, I've pretty much settled on a freshwater tank (primarily because there is a smaller chance of screwing up [from what I understand]) unless one of you guys can convince me otherwise.

I have my eye on a 36 gallon tank and was generally hoping to work my way to getting 3-4 angle fish, 5-6 schooling fish (either tetra, mollies, tiger stripe, or bala shark), 1 algae eating fish (to help keep things clean) and maybe a red tailed shark. (I realize this might be too much fish inch for the tank. I'm considering a larger tank).

O.K. so here are my questions:

1. from what I understand the angel fish will probably eat the tetra, so I'll have to settle on a more compatible schooling type fish. I'd like a fish type that would have a really nice vibrant color (red, orange, or yellow). What fish would you guys suggest?

2. One of the websites I've been reading suggested that angelfish should be limited to one fish per tank or more than 6 fish per tank, otherwise one of the fish will become a bully and make the others miserable (if there are 2-3 fish). I was wondering if that would still be true in case of 4 fish? because from what I understand angelfish can grow quite large and if I have to have at least 6 then there wont be room for any other fish.

3. I am coming to realize that if I want to get a fish population and variety that I like a 36 gallon tank wont be sufficient. I was wondering how much more work a 50-60 gallon tank would be?

4. I have been looking up fish tanks online and it seems like their length is generally 30" or 36". The wall that I had in mind for the tank is 33" and I haven't been able to find a tank that would fit that wall and be 50 gallons or larger. Where would you guys suggest is the best place to shop for a tank? Regardless of the size, whats the best place to shop for a high quality and reasonably priced tank? (I've found some sites with tanks that are the right dimensions but the prices are upwards of $1500)

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Old 03-21-2014, 11:14 AM   #3
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Welcome to AA.I'm no expert on angelfish, but one thing's for sure: Larger tanks are more stable and easier to keep.

Oh, you may also try considering corydoras. They help clean the tank for they scavenge a lot for leftover food, I've also read somewhere that they also eat on algae.plus their behaviors are worth watching for hours. Keep them in a minimum of 6
There are albino ones if you don't prefer dark colored cory's

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Hi and welcome to AA blackandwhite,

One of the best places to find a good deal imo on tanks is your local classifieds or craigslist people moving usually let them go for a lot less than new and usually they come with decent equipment and sometimes fish as well.
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