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post #11 of 22 Old 06-26-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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I might do killifish or gouramis, I like both of those
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post #12 of 22 Old 06-27-2013, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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How many killifish could I keep in one twenty gallon?
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Are they all seasonal?
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post #14 of 22 Old 06-27-2013, 04:38 PM
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Killifish covers a wide range of different fish. Some are very short-lived, less than 12 months, but most will last longer in an aquarium, perhaps 2-3 years or so. Depends upon species.

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Are there any other types of fish I could keep in there that'll live a lot longer? I was looking at the gourami types you mentioned, but I don't like there shape really as much as the ones that grow big, so they're a no. I like fish that live longer, I wouldn't want a fish that only lives two three years (except bettas). So..any other types?
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Are there any other types of fish I could keep in there that'll live a lot longer? I was looking at the gourami types you mentioned, but I don't like there shape really as much as the ones that grow big, so they're a no. I like fish that live longer, I wouldn't want a fish that only lives two three years (except bettas). So..any other types?
A lot of the fish that suit the conditions we have been discussing are short-lived. Smaller fish tend to have shorter lifespans.

After I last posted, I checked the Wet Spot's website out of interest; I have never seen so many species listed for a store. There are half a dozen (or maybe more) killies which I would never see around here, and the list of characins is remarkable. You might want to browse around the store for some ideas. Just be careful of impulse buying; write down the names [use the scientific names, I see they use them in their list] of what you like, and then go home to research them and build the community.

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post #17 of 22 Old 06-27-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Oopsy, well I thought that what you said about the mountains meant if we lived west of the mountains we would have soft water, then I reread your comment and realized what you meant, and I just asked my mom. We have hard water, so...any new fish that can be kept in hard water?
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post #18 of 22 Old 06-28-2013, 10:47 AM
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You need the numbers as "hard water" means different things to different folks.

It will be in ppm (parts per million) or GH (General Hardness) and KH (Carbonic Hardness or alkalinity).

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post #19 of 22 Old 06-28-2013, 11:53 AM
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Agree, contact your water supply people, their website likely will have this. Otherwise we are just guessing. As indeed I was in my implying that east of the mountains is hard water, but I believe others have indicated that--but your water supply will know this.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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 #20 of 22 Old 06-28-2013, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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We don't have a water supplier, we have well water
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