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What are good starter fish for an 8 year old?
Old 07-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #11
 
Another thing about the betta. They need more than periodic water changes, especially in a half gallon container and they need go be fed every day, once or twice a day.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:37 PM   #12
 
Hi guys,

So if we decide to not stick with the Guppies, are there any suggestions for easy (easier) to take care of fish?

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Old 07-06-2013, 10:56 PM   #13
 
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Well, to safely suggest fish that would do best, we'd need to know the GH, PH, and KH of your tap water. This determines if the water is 'soft' or 'hard', as certain fish have certain preferences, and being kept in water not suitable to them can cause issues.

You can find this information on your water supply companies website, if you can't make heads or tails of it, link it here and we can decipher it for you :)
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
 
I don't know of an easy way to take care of fish. They all need clean water and food. A cycled tank is easier to take care of since you wouldn't have to do as many water changesand you would change it according to what your nitrate readings are.
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Old 07-06-2013, 11:01 PM   #15
 
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I don't know of an easy way to take care of fish. They all need clean water and food. A cycled tank is easier to take care of since you wouldn't have to do as many water changesand you would change it according to what your nitrate readings are.
You should do water changes weekly regardless of nitrate readings.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:13 PM   #16
 
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You should do water changes weekly regardless of nitrate readings.
Idk if i necessarily agree with this. On a smaller tank, for sure weekly water changes are a must no matter the nitrates because ( as i learned the hardway) your alkalinity will drop and u will have ph swings no matter what the nitrates are. I do 50% changes on my planted 4 gallon betta tank because of this. My nitrates are always barely visible because of all the plants.

That being said, on my larger tanks i do water changes based on my test readings for nitrates, ph, and kh. I test these atleast once a week and change water based on those results. I usually end up with a 10-20% change once a month in my planted 75 gallon, and twice a month on my SAP and snail tanks.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:27 PM   #17
 
The cleaner your water is the more likely the healthier your fish will be. The percentage of water changed weekly can depend on fish load but I'll stand by changing at least some portion of water each week regardless of how big your tank is.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:03 PM   #18
 
Weekly water changes most definitely wont hurt anything, on that im sure we can agree. I dont do it on my larger tanks but that is how im comfortable caring for my fish. When i do the maintenance on my tanks it still only takes me maybe at the very most 1.5 hour and thats with pruning plants, vacuuming gravel, pwc, etc. once tanks are established they are pretty easy to maintain imo. Getting to that point is the hard part.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #19
 
Back to your question about what fish to have. I know having 1 fish may not seem like much, but I have a betta in my 3g tank and he is beautiful and very fun to have. He comes over to the side of the tank when I go talk to him and he flaunts his fins. I have him in with gravel and a few live plants and heater and filter. We used a piece of our cycled larger tanks filter media to help set up our betta tank though. If you know any one who has fish this could be helpful. The live plants also help.

We have a 10g too with 2 guppys, 8 neon tetras and a few ghost shrimp. I love this tank and these fish are fairly hardy. All of our tanks receive a weekly 10-50%(depending on tank) water change with some vacuuming. We also made mistakes in the beginning and lost some fish. It is very hard but once you get a good, cycled tank going it becomes fairly easy to maintain. Good luck!
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