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post #1 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hello ! I'm Pamela from Portsmouth in England.
I used to keep goldfish when I was younger but now, after visiting a lovely little fishery, I want to start keeping tropical fish. My mom used to keep them when she was younger, so she's also eager to set up an aquarium.
I personally like betta fish (Siamese fighters) but my mom likes guppies, tetras and damios. So we have to find some common ground and decide first what fish we want, and how many we can have in what size tank.
Looking forward to talking to you,
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 06:59 AM
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Hello Pamela

Welcome to the forum. As for choosing fish, why not do both? You can have a small(ish) betta tank that will fit just about anywhere and then a community tank for your other fish selections.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Pamela

Welcome to the forum. As for choosing fish, why not do both? You can have a small(ish) betta tank that will fit just about anywhere and then a community tank for your other fish selections.

Yes, we're hopeless enablers here :)
I was actually thinking that XD
The fishery nearby has got a new shipment of bettas and they are so beautiful. was thinking of getting a little 6 gallon tank for him and maybe some tetras or coyrdoras to keep him company.

My mom wants to get guppies, mollies, danios, swordtails etc. and I don't think they'd get on very well with a betta.
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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hello and warm welcome to you and mom
not that i want to encourage you to become hopelessly obsessed or anything,
but yeah two tankies makes everyone happy

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 10:42 AM
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Welcome Pamela

I'm newish here myself and would like to say "run! Don't look back, these people are nothing but enablers" but unfortunately your and excuse the pun all ready hooked.

Enjoy the forum they give great advice, with fish welfare coming first.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 10:51 AM
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Welcome... I like guppies too...not so much because they are pretty and multiply like rats.. but because they eat algae... infact better than any algae eater i have ever had.. and they never out grow thier tanks..

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-09-2013, 03:51 PM
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Welcome Pamela
"run! Don't look back, these people are nothing but enablers" but unfortunately your all ready hooked. .
oh…didn't anyone tell the new members that when you join we secretly tie an
invisible thread to your leg..so you can't run away….muwhhahahahahahahahahaha

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-10-2013, 12:15 AM
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Welcome to the forum! It'd be an awesome idea to let your betta spread his fins in a bigger tank. Just as long as you keep up with maintenance and do your research, you'll have a fun and beautiful community tank set up. I hope you enjoy this hobby as much as the people on this forum.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-10-2013, 12:36 AM
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Welcome to the forum, its a great resource. I wouldn't mix swordtails or guppies with betta. Long fins are too tempting for hungry livebearers. Go for 2 t,anks so mom can have her classic tropicals and you can have your betta. Oh, you also need a third tank for quarantine. And might as well get #4 for babies from your livebearers. You'll probaly want a fifth tank soon after that.... then 6 and 7... .
Seriously though, if your looking to keep a few different species in the same tank, I would look at 40 gallon minimum size. Most of the species you mentioned are best kept in groups of at least 5 or so, so if you want a few different schools your looking at 55-75 gallons ideally. Of course a few swordtails or danios don't need a tank that big , but I would go for at least 40 gal. In any case just for the stability.
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