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post #1 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on first aquarium and a fish for a 9 year old

After watching me get deco and supplies , for the tank as well as checking out different fish my nephew has shown interest in getting a red-tailed shark and a bumble bee catfish in an aquarium in his house, but since his experience is minimal I told him he had to start out with a 5 gallon tank and a beta or some small fish, to show that he is responsible and able to keep up on water changes, feed etc, and then he would upgrade him to a little bit bigger aquarium to where he could possibly have them. Is there a fish that would be easier than a beta?
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 12:28 PM
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I think a betta would be a good choice. Just have to make sure you get the setup right I would do a 10g, sponge filter, air pump, small heater and some fake plants. The 10g tanks are normally cheaper than the 5g and more stable so easier if he misses a few water changes, sponge filters are the cheapest and easiest to maintain.

It is fun to setup new tanks and you never know you could be setting up the next generation of fish breeders.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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I was going to get him about that size since Petco is doing a dollar per gallon then I can get him the necessities.
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post #4 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 12:39 PM
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I was going to get him about that size since Petco is doing a dollar per gallon then I can get him the necessities.

It is hard to beat the $1 per gallon sale. I plan on buying six 55g tanks next time they go on sale. I like to get these over used because I don't have to worry about cleaning them.

Good luck with him it does sound like you are starting him off right.


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After watching me get deco and supplies , for the tank as well as checking out different fish my nephew has shown interest in getting a red-tailed shark and a bumble bee catfish in an aquarium in his house, but since his experience is minimal I told him he had to start out with a 5 gallon tank and a beta or some small fish, to show that he is responsible and able to keep up on water changes, feed etc, and then he would upgrade him to a little bit bigger aquarium to where he could possibly have them. Is there a fish that would be easier than a beta?


From what I hear red tailed sharks can be a problem.


Take a look at the methods in my signature. A nice easy to care for 10g (or even 5 gal) with platties would be an excellent choice for anyone especially a 9 year old.


But that's just me and my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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I'm also picking up an extra for a quarantine or a nursery since so many have advised me to do so. Might even get two gallons and one 5 gallon figure they would be helpful if I need an extra tank in case I have fry and a sick fish or get the idea to buy a new fish at the same time. Or even just do a small aquarium and put a bunch of neons or guppies. That is after I finally get the bigger tank set up.
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From what I hear red tailed sharks can be a problem.


Take a look at the methods in my signature. A nice easy to care for 10g (or even 5 gal) with platties would be an excellent choice for anyone especially a 9 year old.


But that's just me and my .02
Bob maybe you miss read the post the OP did say he wanted the red tail shark but she told him think about betta or other small fish because they are better first fish.

Plus not sure a 9yr with no experience with fish keeping needs a fully setup planted tank. I know some kids that could do that but I also know some adults that can't. Plus doing that much live plants will be much more expensive startup costs.


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I'm also picking up an extra for a quarantine or a nursery since so many have advised me to do so. Might even get two gallons and one 5 gallon figure they would be helpful if I need an extra tank in case I have fry and a sick fish or get the idea to buy a new fish at the same time. Or even just do a small aquarium and put a bunch of neons or guppies. That is after I finally get the bigger tank set up.

Having extra tanks is a good idea for the reasons you listed. I try to keep extra tanks and filters running on tanks just in case you need to setup something for sick fish but often it is because I found cool fish at the store. Today I brought home mollies and guppies so it was nice to know I had extra tanks ready to go.


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post #9 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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My main reason for wanting him to start out simple is because I want it to be a positive experience, if he gets a fish that is too much to handle right off the bat and it dies on him it won't be as rewarding. platties would also be good, but personally, I feel a betta would be fun for him cause they are gorgeous, and the easiest fish to care for a first fish. I did give him the option of getting a few small fish as well when he is ready to upgrade, but I think he has to be able to move up to a red-tailed shark.
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-16-2017, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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That is why I told him he could pick a fish for my aquarium as well but it had to be something non-agressive. Especially since I am planning on having a pair of Angels or 3 Gouramies, 2 blue rams and a school of Corries, but read up on them and it said that they are very territorial, and watching them in the tanks of the pet stores I noticed that they are on the bottom. I also have 4 other nieces or nephews that are going to be involved in helping pick out fish, and I know my nieces will most likely pick something cute or pretty, my other nephew wants blue rams.
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