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post #11 of 13 Old 06-02-2012, 07:07 AM
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Even the people at the pet store said twenty. I hate being misinformed. What do you suggest? Money is tight. :/

Honestly, any tank we keep a fish in is too small. The question is by how much, which makes it all relative to ones perspective. One thing you have to keep in mind is that this is a hobby, which means there are many, many ways to do it. Some people are more concerned about the fish's well being than others. Some people go overboard being concerned about the fish. It's all okay - for THEM. What you have to decide is how much room YOUR fish need to swim. My general rule is the swim test. If the fish doesn't have room to swim at top speed, then the tank is too small.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
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post #12 of 13 Old 06-02-2012, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
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I would like to thank everyone who has informed me and given me advice. I'll just do the best I can! (: Also, I have one last question. Everywhere I look, it says to either feed the fish once or twice a day-- which is best?

P.S. - The water test showed the levels to be safe, and we cleaned the tank this morning, so things are looking good so far.

You will always be my best friend, .
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Once a day is sufficient, and you can even miss a day or two a week. Missing water change day for example (never feed prior to a water change or other disturbance inside the tank). Fish will naturally appear hungry, their instinct is to eat if food is present. A hungry fish is a healthy fish.

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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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