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Old 09-02-2012, 12:17 PM   #11
 
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Do African dwarf frogs count?
I love my marble hatchet fish right now. But that'll probably change soon. They are just so funny looking and beautiful at the same time.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:28 PM   #12
 
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OOHHH! Great fish! All of them! Now you will become smitten' with the majesty and mystery of Amazonians, and before long you will have hundreds of gallons of water in your keep, housing everything from Discus to pencil fish.

You will be penniless, but you will be happy!

(I speak from experience.)
Thank god for craigslist! 25g tank, 4 heaters, a 3.5 gallon tank, fake plants, an aquaclear twenty, a hood with lights, lots of turtle food, filter stuff, and a dead earwig for 20$.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:42 PM   #13
 
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Sounds familiar. Did you buy that from me? That earwig was a personal pet, I need that back!

Olympia: of course frogs count! My favorite aquatic animal is the South American Lowland Tapir, but I don't have a tank big enough.

Yet.
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #14
 
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OOHHH! Great fish! All of them! Now you will become smitten' with the majesty and mystery of Amazonians, and before long you will have hundreds of gallons of water in your keep, housing everything from Discus to pencil fish.

You will be penniless, but you will be happy!

(I speak from experience.)
Haha! I'd like to be that one day. I discovered the beauty of the Amazon a little while ago. A discus tank is one of my dream setups. Cardinals are certainly a majesty to behold and simply stunning in a large tank. In truth, I really have too many favorite fish to state. I just picked koi from my list. I can sit here and talk for hours about the fish I like. Although I'm sure we all could!
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Old 09-02-2012, 02:50 PM   #15
 
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Izzy:

When I was in high school I was in the throes of my koi obsession. I was supposed to be researching a term paper in the library or reading a chapter in advanced chemistry in study hall, but all I did was doodle (on graph paper for scaled accuracy) a dream koi pond that I wanted to build in my parent's backyard.

Never got to it.

No matter. I don't need to own them in order to enjoy them and I wouldn't enjoy them unless I could keep them well.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:49 PM   #16
 
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That was me in high school, too. Except I did get my pond. I'm grateful every day that I get to keep koi as they should be kept. It's not my dream pond, but it's an experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. I don't know what lies in the future; I don't know if I will ever have the land and money to have my dream koi pond. But I do know that while I have it, I'll enjoy it as much as I can.

I think another reason I count koi as my favorite fish is they got me into this hobby. I started with the pond, and then when I wanted to bring their colors inside, I went to fancy goldfish. When I went to college, I wanted to take my fish with me, and I went to betta. And from there, they say, the rest is history!
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:56 PM   #17
 
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I generally dislike long-fin versions of fish, and I really dislike nippy fish like barbs and serpae tetras when they are outfitted with flowing tails and fins, It's like saying: game on! let's see who can do the most damage!

And then there are koi, which look as though they were made for that kind of finnage. To me, butterfly koi are like the final refinement of this fish: the golden tiara on the perfect head. Make no mistake, I would be just as happy with shortfinned Kohaku or Taisho Sanke patterned Koi. The long-finned ones look completely etheral. Can it get any better?
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #18
 
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I have lots of favorite fish, but if I could only pick one it would probably be Ember Tetra... I don't know why but since I've first discovered them I've wanted a huge planted tank with a large school of them in it. They are like tiny swimming orange red gems

I also have a thing for Crowntail Bettas.
And Butterfly Koi.
My LPS had this one Platinum Butterfly Koi that was one of the most beautiful fish I'd ever seen. If I had somewhere I could put a pond I would love to have Koi. Maybe when my husband and I can finally either buy or build a house I will get my pond :D
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:12 PM   #19
 
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Butterfly koi are gorgeous. I love the long barbels they have. They're often called dragon koi for that reason. They look lovely swimming among the shorter-finned varieties. Kinda like an emperor ruling over his subjects.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:29 AM   #20
 
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Oh yes! Hmmm... my best friend just installed a pond in their backyard... maybe she will let me pick a fish when they start stocking it :D
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