Since I love fish, I would like to share some experiences among hubbers. Anyone here?
I had a 12 ft x 4 ft x 4 ft tropical marine tank once - nightmare to keep.
I have had and kept aquariums for the past 20+ years. I have had as many as 5 going at one time, both salt water and fresh, but I am down to one 110 gallon fresh water tank at this time. Is there anything I can do to help?
I have once wanted to catch a small largemouth bass and put it in an aquarium and feed it nightcrawlers. I wanted to do this hoping it would grow big and fat so that one day I could cook it .
On a serious note I once had an aquarium with two fish and an algea eater. That algea eater was always sucking on the side of the tank!
Eventually I want to get another aquarium and stock it.
Fish are great pets! My little ones love them, too. If you want any tips on setting up your new aquarium I would be happy to help. Not only have I had tanks for a long time, I have also worked at a couple of pet stores.
No. But thanks.
The problem was the quality of water I had available to me. I was living in the Midlands in England. The fish I chose to keep were just too sensitive to metals in the water. I sold it years ago. After my favorite fish died. A Picasso trigger fish (called Pablo lol) He would swim up to the side of the tank and let me pick him out of the water to be petted. I was devastated when he died and sold it.
I know it sounds silly, but I loved that fish. He had personality. He would come up to the glass and make a clicking noise when he wanted feeding.
I even paid a vet for an autopsy.
It's not silly, at all. Many of my fish have personalities. Some of them follow me when I walk by the tank. I had a plecco that reached 14 inches over the course of 10 years. He always seemed to know when it was time to be fed.
Awww thats so sad Yeah, I know how it is, i lost Arrowshot, my biggest (and fastest) Koi. That one would take so long to catch when I had to clean the tanks and pond. He didn't die from stress, he didn't die from the water -.- the smart fishy jumped out of the pond, into the corner of the net (bird+cat protection) went into the floppy part and locked itself in the corner. Found him out lying there dead T_T
My 110 was a salt tank up until the summer of 2002 when I moved from Illinois down to Georgia. I had moved my salt fish once before, but it was a huge burden and I lost a very expensive french angel in the process. I had had her 5 years and raised her from a 1 1/2 inch juvenile to a 6 inch mature adult. She was one of the most beautiful fish I had ever had. I didn't want to chance losing any more, so I sold all of my fish and brought the tank dry.
I've never had a picasso trigger, but I had a niger and humma humma for a long time. I also had a queen trigger for a few weeks, but she started beating up and trying to eat EVERY fish I had, so she was promptly returned. Tangs and puffers were my favorites, and I had a really cool spotted box for a long time.
I plan to switch back to salt someday- probably after the irridescent shark I have had 6 years passes. Either that, or I will have to purchase a seperate tank for him.
How big is your iridescent? Mine got to 18 inches before he died, but I hear they can grow in excess of 2 feet.
Mine is only 8 inches at the moment, but my tank is only 5 feet long and he has a good deal of competiton for food. Since you have kept irridescents, you probably know they do best in pairs. The companion to the one I have now died last fall. I quickly bought a replacement, but he was about 3-4 inches smaller than the survivor. I was amazed at how fast the new shark grew. He is almost the same size as my older one, but I have only had him about 9 months. I'll post some pictures soon...
The only problem I had like that was a leopard grouper. One of the biggest mistakes in my fish-keeping life. It was around 3 inches long when I bought it and within a matter of weeks was about 4 times the size and eating everything in sight
Catching the damn thing was great fun. It eventually hid in a large shell I had in the tank, and I had to take the shell out with him in it.
My biggest mistake was a single snail ( I was young and stupid). In a matter of hours, it coated my entire tank in egg filled slime-sacks. Worst cleanup I ever had to do.
Your problem was just introducing the wrong type of snail , a lot of people don't realize just how fast pest snails reproduce and they are extremely difficult to get out of the tank once they're there. If you want something that's really easy to control the population get brigs (sold as "mystery snails" in most stores), they grow to about the size of a golf ball and lay their eggs above the water in easily noticeable clusters, if you don't want more simply scrape it off and toss them back into the tank for the critters to eat or flush it (or wrap it in a wet paper towel and sell it on Aquabid).
Yes, I have aquariums...only 19 at the moment but hopefully next summer my fish house will be complete so I can drastically expand operations . I only have a couple of fish-related hubs so far but working on getting more and I LOVE to talk about them!
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