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If you add a black or any color you prefer of construction paper on the back, it is a nicer look, in my opinion. Keeps you from seeing cords in the back. I hope your daughter stays interested, or at least you do, as it sounds like you are. I find tanks in CL are usually posted under "general" but you can check under "pets" too, but often those might come with some fish. I just bought a nice, clean 30 gallon, with a nice looking black stand for $100 (I could have got it for less I think). She was selling it with a bunch of expensive goldfish (which I didn't want). She still sold me the tank. I didn't want any of the decorations or gravel, as I use sand. So, you can always negotiate to get what you want. Buying new is crazy, as the hobby itself gets expensive
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Thanks, Boredomb and thanks for the great advice!! I will follow your advice and also look for an inexpensive tank on craigslist and garage sales. I did look up about what kind of algae they like -- we had green stringy algae. He seems to be eating it up very happily. I did see some other algae-eating fish in the store -- they were all much bigger, in much bigger tanks. Pretty sure they were a different kind of fish though? I would certainly try to get our oto some friends if I get a bigger tank. :)
Originally Posted by GwenInNM View Post
I've found craigslist has really good bargains here -- I'll let you know what I find!
There are 2 things I'd do with your tank (daughter's tank).
First, I'd get rid of the pebbles and put in a finer gravel type because you will find that any uneaten food will fall between the pebbles and will rot and pollute the water whereas uneaten food will just sit on top of the finer gravel and the fish will eat it.
Secondly, I reckon it needs a small green plastic plant, not one of those fluro coloured things.
Your daughter looks a real cutie, bet she winds you around her little fingers.
Yep, I live just north of Sydney and I have been to the U.S. a couple of times and enjoyed it immensely, spent a few weeks in L.A., and up and down the west coast and inland to Vegas and down to Mexico.
Lunch time on Thursday here, gotta go get something to eat.
Originally Posted by Pisces47 View Post
PS She is the baby of the family -- between her being the baby and having a very sweet disposition we pretty much do anything we can for her! :)
Last edited by bp13; 10-26-2011 at 09:01 PM. Reason: clarifying
Okay, that's another thing I was worried about with the small tank, after I read a variety of the information articles here -- he might run out of algae and be hungry. He seems to be constantly chowing on it. I was even thinking to myself, that maybe I should not have tried so hard to clean it out today, if he's so crazy for it.
Maybe I can see if there's a better fish store in town, and I can get algae wafers for him to try. I went to the pet store that's just down the street for convenience but maybe there's a better place, because for all I know they'd sell me the wrong type of algae wafer! :)
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