I hope I am adding this as a new thread ... I'm completely useless at this stuff... Also update is:
We have introduced a school of 10 neon tetras to the school of 8 platys. I used the fish profiles (which was incredibly helpful) and of course ruled out more than half of the fish that I thought would be good together. We introduced yesterday 2 x bristlenose catfish (and research on the site showed that the ones that I thought were okay ("yes maam they can absolutely go into a community tank" from the salesperson (ended up being a pictus catfish which would be too big)!!!!! When I went back (after using this site for research) and mentioned about the pictus getting too big - you would not believe their response...... "oh that's okay you just bring it back when it gets to big and we give you another small one!!!!".... are my fish pets or are they supposed to be disposable garbage!!!!
Needless to say I refused to buy any fish from them and made my husband come with me to another place that was 2 hours away and got my neons and have gone back and got my catfish from them. What a difference a bit of research makes!!!
Thanks for your help guys!!!
Gift for 4 year old that has backfired
Hi all - I am new to the site so I hope I am doing this the right way!!
My husband I have bought an Aqua One 850 acquarium (I think around 40 gallons) for our son for his 4th birthday this month (he is obsessed with everything water related). It has completely backfired on us as we have been researching for the last couple of weeks and are now completely obssessed ourselves!!! Our spare time is being spent wandering around the various acquariums etc and checking out all the fish and gadgets!!
We have decided to control ourselves (and get our bearings) and start with community fish. We have set up the tank and have let that go for a while before starting to add fish. My husband took our little one today and they have picked a school of 8 platys.
I am interested in making sure that we have a lovely display of colour etc but more importantly would like to make sure that our fish will be happily co-habitating with others. I get advice from the acquariums but to be honest some of it is a little confusing when you then go on websites and it says that something that they have said that we could have eg Bala Shark
- might grow too big.
We have never had fish before and we don't want to stress any of them out. I like:
Catfish (the interesting ones that run after the bubbles and have long whiskers)
Would love to know what would go the best together and in what quantities.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated.
Juzz in Sydney Australia
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