I am looking at getting a tropical tank in the near future. I have a good understanding of keeping fish from the training I have received from working at P@H but have never kept my own. I feel by taking care of my own tank, it will give me a better understanding and knowledge of fish keeping which will help me substantially when it comes to advising my customers correctly.
I am looking at getting a reasonably sized tank, no less than 100 litres.
I have no idea what species of tropical fish to fill it with though! I would prefer smaller fish, 4-10cm each.
That way I can create quite a bit of colour in my tank without overstocking.
I like guppies, they are easy to care for and come in so many colours, they are live bearers and breed pretty easily, I had a few broods of my own. Platties are nice too, a bit hardier than guppies, more resilient.
Kribensis look beautiful too, mainly purple but with cherry red bellies (especially when breeding) and bits of blue and yellow . I had 2 of them in my tank and they were the most territorial and easily reproduced. But they were cyclids and were a bit too aggressive for my taste, they are currently in my dads tank. Clown loaches and red tail black sharks are marvelous bottom feeders and clown loaches take care of snails if you get an infestation from dodgy plants:) Plecostemus (Spelling?) are general staples for glass cleaning. My dad has a cobalt blue lobster that is amazing, his name is norman :)Shrimp look cool too. If your looking for more of a community tank, probably stay away from cyclids unless you only want cyclids.Lobsters too. They like to nip at long flowing fins like bettas and guppies I have a couple of books about tropical tanks so feel free to ask
by the looks of it yes, it says "Three schemes are suggested here which would make a well-balanced aquarium and which would provide both a congenial environment for the fish and an attractive moving picture of colour and light" blah blah blah basically. I wouldn't include the barbs with any of the others really, their a bit aggressive. The betta either, their too delicate
I like sunset or honey gouramis, they're smaller and very pretty. My dad got 3 clown loaches before when I had a snail problem so one went in my tank but now they are all back in his,well 2 of them, one died a few days ago But don't they grow huge?? Or is there some giant variety. I'm not sure about the angelfish, Dad also had 2 of those that never grew bigger than a tea light really :/ It's just a matter of finding out what fish work together
tonib: Sounds like it was a good job we didn't have Roman as a kitten then. He's never misbehaved like that, only his first Xmas with us when he half-inched the stuffing! - I hope that's not famous last words!
Jul 20, 2018 12:47:00 GMT
tonib: Lexie is another matter but usually not breakables - except potentially of herself when she fell behind the large display cabinet/sideboard on being left alone for the 1st time in our dining room aged 2.5 years!!!
Jul 20, 2018 13:27:50 GMT
tonib: She jumped on top (via the table I believe) & managed to fall between it & the wall & appeared to be suspended by her head part way down (the gap narrowed!) I had to get a burly neighbour in to help move it, quickly moving weight/breakables as pos. 1st
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:33 GMT
tonib: She was fine but got checked by vet just in case! That was a heart stopping time, especially her cries!
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:59 GMT
lotsofcats: I can remember when that happened with Lexi.
Jul 20, 2018 18:56:39 GMT
tonib: You've got a good memory, that was in 2012 I posted on the old YC forum
Jul 20, 2018 21:51:09 GMT
Gillykat: Wooohoooo updated piccies of the two new girls been sent.....they look adorable....and as tthough they'll boss Monty around summik rotten! My poor wee man
Jul 25, 2018 19:23:44 GMT
Gillykat: Listen! Can you hear that? SILENCE!!! The three ninjas are all asleep I shall enjoy it whilst it lasts
Aug 3, 2018 8:37:19 GMT
lotsofcats: It won't be for long. When I had kittens I just used to sit and watch them for ages - are you doing that yet?
Aug 3, 2018 11:09:00 GMT
Gillykat: Oh yes......just drinking their adorable cuteness Been picking up and cuddling new boys too and they're starting to realise I'm a harmless idiot who gives them a treat every time I do so.
Aug 3, 2018 15:37:15 GMT
scallywag: Thought they were GIrls ?
Aug 3, 2018 17:23:20 GMT
Gillykat: So did we scallywag Turns out, once I got them home, I checked and both are boys I'm VERY pleased about this cos I adore boy cats....always had absolute sweethearts of that sex in the past
Aug 4, 2018 10:07:36 GMT