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post #1 of 6 Old 12-24-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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If you received a fish tank for XMas, read this!

Every year at this time there are countless threads posted on internet forums by people looking for help with their small fish tanks that they receive as Christmas presents. This includes Goldfish Bowls and other all-in-one kits, that CLAIM to have everything you need to keep fish alive and well.

This post is your WARNING. These kits are almost never adequate for keeping fish alive. If you received one of these kits, here is what to be aware of. If your kit contains any of these items, then you may have a problem:

1) A small box full of filter floss or charcoal, that bubbles inside the aquarium.
2) A small corner triangle shaped box that suction sups inside the aquarium, with a filter insert and bubbles.
3) A small "power filter" that hangs on the tank, with a white or blue filter pad.

These 3 filter types are very common in these inexpensive Holiday special kits. They are horribly inadequate at keeping fish alive, UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION. Following the directions will not allow you to be successful.

If you are in this situation, please start a thread with questions. Post pictures of your equipment and we can give you some very simple and INEXPENSIVE advice to make your fishkeeping a success.

Merry Christmas & Happy Fishkeeping!
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-25-2009, 12:12 AM
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1) A small box full of filter floss or charcoal, that bubbles inside the aquarium.
2) A small corner triangle shaped box that suction sups inside the aquarium, with a filter insert and bubbles.
3) A small "power filter" that hangs on the tank, with a white or blue filter pad.
So I totally appreciate your specificity here, and I understand that you are trying to refrain from naming brands. But I gotta tell you, based on the info you've given, the colors and shapes may change based on the holiday season...

Out of curiosity... what are the things you refer to in the 3 points above? Pleeeeeeaaaase!!!!!!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-25-2009, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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1) A small box full of filter floss or charcoal, that bubbles inside the aquarium.
2) A small corner triangle shaped box that suction sups inside the aquarium, with a filter insert and bubbles.
3) A small "power filter" that hangs on the tank, with a white or blue filter pad.
These units are sold under different brand names, but honestly have not changed much in appearance over the last 15 to 20 years. They are knock off brands, and the kits are generally available at any very large retail outlet specializing in groceries and clothing.

All of these units make the mistake of providing ONLY chemical or mechanical filtration, with no biological filtration capacity. This causes ammonia to rise and fish to die.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-25-2009, 09:12 AM
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I hope there won't be too many "Christmas fish emergency's" let's hope for the best this year should we!?

Merry Christmas!

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-25-2009, 02:50 PM
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These tanks are not ALL bad. The kits are basic, but you can keep certain stock that can live in these kits.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-26-2009, 09:17 PM
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good thread pasfur

"Fish are friends not food"
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