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FishFanatic 12-16-2008 08:42 PM

Hello there!
Hello, all! Not much to say about myself, but I really like this forum! My friend has become infatuated with turtles so she will be going to the Petco on December 26 when we all get our Christmas money. I will be tagging along and hopefully coming home with a few beautiful fish. I am determined to learn until I eventually get my buddies. As for my other pets I have two cats, Saphire and Sophia. And I also have three guinea pigs, Precious, Goofball, and Nugget.

I have one question-- Is it "normal" to name your fish? Hee hee.

PS, I do not intend to buy my fish at Petco, I will be going to a Fish store near me whom I've know the owner all my life. ;-) I'll be getting all my supplies from Petco.

iamntbatman 12-16-2008 11:37 PM

Howdy! Welcome to the forum!

It's definitely normal to name your fish. When kept in good conditions and treated right, you'll find that fish have just as much personality (or more, in many cases) than any other pet, so why not name them? Fishkeeping is definitely a fun and rewarding hobby, but can be frustrating if you aren't prepared. I definitely recommend researching the particular fish you want in order to determine what sort of equipment you'll need to keep them, and then reading up on the aquarium cycle so you can get the tank ready for the fish. There are articles on cycling in the "Important Articles" sticky thread in the Freshwater Aquariums section.

Amphitrite 12-17-2008 12:41 AM

Hello FishFanatic, welcome to the forum :-)

onefish2fish 12-17-2008 01:36 AM


FishFanatic 12-17-2008 10:07 AM

Thank you everyone. Do you know of a good "starter" fish? I got many fish books from the library and am looking for a sepcfic breed. I use to own lots of tetras, but they don't seem like "my" kind of fish now.

iamntbatman 12-17-2008 03:18 PM

Good starter fish would be things like hardy tetras, danios, rasboras, any of the livebearers (mollies, platies, swordtails, guppies), corydoras catfish, bettas, many of the gouramis and several types of dwarf cichild, like kribensis. While these fish are all fairly hardy, I recommend doing a fishless cycle before adding any fish to the tank, as any fish can succumb to the stress of the cycling process. Of course, even the fish I listed have specific care requirements, so definitely do some research on the fish you want before adding them to your tank.

dramaqueen 12-17-2008 03:28 PM

Hello and welcome to FishForum.

FishFanatic 12-17-2008 03:53 PM

I want to get a Betta or two. Will two females live peacefully or shall I house them in seperate tanks? And how many gallons should each have?

FishFanatic 12-17-2008 03:55 PM

I want to get a Betta or two. Will two females live peacefully or shall I house them in seperate tanks? And how many gallons should each have? What specicaly is "cycling"? I've heard it a lot around here...

dramaqueen 12-17-2008 04:22 PM

2.5 gallons or larger is what is reccommended. Its usually best to have 4 or more females together to spread out the aggression. Females will fight, too. If you have just 2 then one will bully the other one. You can put 4 females together in a 10 gallon or larger tank with lots of hiding places. Single bettas will do fine in 2.5 or larger tanks. Bettas are great fish that are beautiful and full of personality. Females have just as much personality as the males. I have 4 males and one female. I love all of them very much. :)

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