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post #1 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hi :)

Hi, i am new to fishkeeping, my name is Mick McMick, call me Mickey, my parents had a weird sense of humor, i inherited a fish tank from my grandpa, it is 38 inches long, 18 inches deep and 16 inches wide, id like to keep a solitary large fish, dont worry about cycling, my dad is coaching me through it. what is the largest fish i could keep in it. im committed to the fish completely as i am home schooled. im not really interested in colorful fish. I dont care too much about how difficult it is to care for the fish because i believe in learning experiences.

I should add that i am looking for freshwater not marine :)

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 08:19 PM
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Get an oscar.
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post #3 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Get an oscar.
ive looked them up, but wouldnt my tank be to small?
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 09:04 PM
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Yes sorry, I didn't see your tank size, you just said you wanted a singular fish, and if thats what i was doing it would be an oscar. I'll do some more research and see what comes up for you.
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post #5 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 09:06 PM
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Calculating your dimensions i came up with about 47 gallons.
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post #6 of 14 Old 01-27-2012, 09:17 PM
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You could possibly do a black ghost knife fish, in aquariums there rarely reported over 12 inches long, There are a couple different catfish you could look into also.
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post #7 of 14 Old 01-28-2012, 06:54 PM
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You could possibly do a black ghost knife fish, in aquariums there rarely reported over 12 inches long, There are a couple different catfish you could look into also.
I must disagree with this. The BGK will easily attain 20 inches if it is healthy. And having an inflexible body it needs a tank at least 2 feet in width so it can turn around, and the length should be no less than 5 feet, preferably 6 feet. It has some other specific needs (dim light, lots of cover, hiding spots) and is basically a nocturnal fish. In the normal tropical aquarium with lighting this fish will be severely stressed. I would not recommend this species of fish to aquarists recently new to the hobby.

To the OP (mickeymcmick), welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum, and to this wonderful hobby.

To your original question, I would refer you to our profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. There are many species included, with data on numbers (some fish need a group, others are fine alone), minimum tank size, water parameters, etc.

Fish are living creatures, and each of us has the responsibility to ascertain the particular needs of a fish before acquiring it. We all learn the longer we are in this hobby, but we aim to know enough before acquiring the fish that we can prevent undue suffering which can otherwise easily occur.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-30-2012, 12:36 PM
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Byron to the rescue! As you can see im still learning :)
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Byron to the rescue! As you can see im still learning :)
We never stop learning if we want to progress. I certainly continue to learn more and more.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-30-2012, 04:01 PM
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The only knife fish i've ever seen where at a very reputable LFS but they were only about 4-5 inches in length. I wish i had a tank large enough to hold a 20 inch fish :(
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