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post #1 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Interesting and Unique Fish

Hey guys, this is my first post here. I'm not entirely new to fish-keeping but as I'm a kid, I still have a lot to learn. I was just wondering what interesting and unique fish are there that I could keep? I haven't bought anything yet, I just want to find different types of fish that are unique, do my research on them and then buy an appropriate sized tank for them. Do not be too worried about cost, although it would be good if the total cost wouldn't exceed a thousand. The fish also has to be legal in Australia as I know that piranhas are interesting fish but are illegal in Australia where I live. Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 06:51 AM
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Hello Game,
Assuming you know the hardness and ph or your tap water since you are not new to fishkeeping.

If it's been a while since you've set up a tank, do you have a good local fish store in mind that you plan on using for your livestock? Bring a sample of your tap water to them and then see which fish will work best in your parameters.

If you already know, post them here and see if anyone has some ideas for you.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #3 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:29 AM Thread Starter
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Well, im not exactly sure bout the water quality of the tap water, but the fish i have at the moment seem fine with it and I think i tested it at a pet shop not too long ago and it was around neutral. Im just looking for some fish to research into and then I can adjust the water conditions and qualities accordingly. Any suggestions?
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:34 AM
up side down cat fish??? they are really cute

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4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:35 AM
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I would find out what fish are illegal in Australia.You should be able to find that info online or ask your LFS,they should know as well.

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post #6 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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lol upside down catfish, i really should research more into that, keep hearing that name everywhere but never actually seen one. i saw at the fish shop, on one of the tanks, the words upside catfish and the price but when i looked in the tank, i saw some ordinary looking catfish, either they wont upside down at that time or maybe they wont even the upside down catfish
all i know is that piranhas are illegal in australia, im not actually looking for the illegal fish, just for unique/exotic fish, perhaps larger ones too?
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:42 AM
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I didn't mean to try to get the illegal fish.I meant to know what fish you couldn't get and narrow the search.

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post #8 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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lol i dont think theres that many illegal fish though, i may be wrong though. thanks for the suggestion though
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:46 AM
big fish.dragon fish.. they will swim upside down if they have something to swim under. i've kept them before.

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-03-2010, 07:48 AM Thread Starter
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dragon fish? as in the dragon goby or something? funny cause i only heard of their existence today, not sure if my LFS has or can bring them in. ill try asking. lol guys, keep the suggestions coming, gives me things to research on and waste time :P
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