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post #11 of 12 Old 08-26-2012, 12:42 PM
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I would also add goldfish to that list. Most people just don't know how large they get.

But it's good the know the dollar-per-gallon sale is coming back in September. I missed the one in July and I need to pick up a 20 gal QT. It's a great way to get a tank, John. I'd aim for something like a 40 gal or a 29 gal. Big enough to be stable and offer you some choices with fish, but not too big as to overwhelm you with water changes.

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post #12 of 12 Old 08-26-2012, 02:32 PM
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I was going to add goldfish, but I thought people would go crazy all over me! But you are absolutely right. No one has a large enough tank when they buy a cheap little goldfish. No one. Then, when you tell them what they really need they say "all that for a stupid one dollar fish?"

We have to get past the point where a fish's value is solely a function of its purchase price. They have value because they are alive. Even if you are keeping goldfish only in order to feed them to something else in a couple days, you still have to keep them well.

I am frankly tired of so many bettas being available all the time, too. They are the new goldfish. At every big box pet store: dozens upon dozens of bettas marinating in eight ounces of chilly water and their own waste. Enough already.



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