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post #31 of 47 Old 12-02-2008, 04:25 PM
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I'm not sure where you purchased your fish but if it was at a chain store (PetSmart, Petco, Walmart, etc.) most likely the person selling you the fish wasn't fully up to speed on the requirements needed to take care of the fish they sold you. They usually are more concerned with making the sale than educating you on your particular purchase.

You can rest assured that the advice that's been given to you here in this forum in regards to your particular fish is positively correct. You're going to have to decide what to do because as your tank stands now it's simply not going to work out in the long term. I know it's not what you want to hear but you need to do what's in the best interest of your fish.

I know how you feel as I've made my fair share of mistakes stocking a tank and while it's never easy giving up something I know I did the right thing in doing so.

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post #32 of 47 Old 12-02-2008, 04:50 PM
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If there is one thing to learn in fishkeeping, it's to never, ever trust a pet store clerk without researching yourself first. It's sad but most pet store people are rarely trained in fishkeeping and they are after all SALES people, they want to sell fishes. When I bought my 10 gallons the pet store guy told me 3 days would be enough to cycle a tank, when it takes up to a month! It's a common beginner's mistake so don't beat yourself up over this. In the future just make sure to check online before going to the pet store.
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post #33 of 47 Old 12-04-2008, 12:03 AM
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Rainbow sharks are very cool fish but unsuitable for a 10g. I used to have one, but he jumped to his doom during a water change. He was only out of the water for about two minutes but he didn't make it. R.I.P. Mr. Grumpy.

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post #34 of 47 Old 12-04-2008, 06:45 PM
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Made any decisions yet? I'm curious to know. :)
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post #35 of 47 Old 12-07-2008, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't made any decisions yet... All of the staff at the fish store are marine biologists. They really like me and my brother, we get a 10% discount off of every purchase. They are very nice and I doubt they just want to sell fish.
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post #36 of 47 Old 12-07-2008, 09:44 PM
Ya the fish store me and my sis go to is very good carl the owner is I marine biologist gradute from umass and he is very knowlegable. I don't think about his knowledge in freshwater but I told
My sister (chromis kid) it was a Bala I guess I was way off.
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post #37 of 47 Old 12-07-2008, 11:07 PM
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These guys are obviously not trained with some freshwater breeds then, because it's pretty much common knowledge amongst fish keepers that there is just absolutely no way a goldfish (let alone 2!) can thrive in a 10 gallons tank! But the belief that these fishes can be kept in bowls and small tanks is very much ingrained in popular culture so I'm not surprised it could happen even with someone who has studied fishes. It doesn't help that a lot of 5-10 gallons tank kits are shown full of goldfishes on the boxes!
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post #38 of 47 Old 12-08-2008, 07:17 PM
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Ya the fish store me and my sis go to is very good carl the owner is I marine biologist gradute from umass and he is very knowlegable. I don't think about his knowledge in freshwater but I told
My sister (chromis kid) it was a Bala I guess I was way off.
A friend of mine is a marine biologist and he could not help me id a freshwater plant that I found growing in my ski lake. Now that I think about it he probably wouldn't be able to id most of the fish in my tank at home. But, he's spot on when it comes to anything that requires saltwater. Remind me again why I decided to set up a freshwater tank?? lol....

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post #39 of 47 Old 12-09-2008, 10:24 AM
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I haven't made any decisions yet... All of the staff at the fish store are marine biologists. They really like me and my brother, we get a 10% discount off of every purchase. They are very nice and I doubt they just want to sell fish.
I have serious doubts that the entire staff of the fish store are real genuine marine biologists. Even if they are there's a problem

...marine...

As in ocean, saltwater, etc. Given what they recommended to you I would say they either have little to no experience with freshwater or are just trying to make a sale. Either way from now on you should take the advice they give you with a serious grain of salt.

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I have serious doubts that the entire staff of the fish store are real genuine marine biologists. Even if they are there's a problem

...marine...

As in ocean, saltwater, etc. Given what they recommended to you I would say they either have little to no experience with freshwater or are just trying to make a sale. Either way from now on you should take the advice they give you with a serious grain of salt.
how do you really feel?

who are you to say that our lfs isn't qualified and im the one who said it was a bala shark i went to my lfs and it was labeled rainbow shark. i think its funny how you can make such an outlandish prediction about him and his store having never gone there before. every adult that works there is some sort of biologist. everyone else has been nice to my little sister but you it seems are trying to be anal about it? he has taught me basically everything i know about aquariums and i am doing well. once again i think its funny how you can say anything about our lfs and how its not qualified.
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