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RubyWhisper 04-09-2007 08:39 PM

A noob with noobish questions
I am new here, and I have always wanted a fish. I was wondering if someone could reccommend a fish with the following specifications-

-prefferably not a common goldfish
-1 to 4 cubic feet
-under a toatal cost of 50$

I would love some reccomendations!

edit- I just realized that I have enough space for a 4' by 2' by 2', but that probably breaches the 50$ mark by a lot.

scottysgirl 04-09-2007 09:41 PM

Maybe try and get a 20 gallon tank? If you look around, particularly on craigslist you should be able to find a really good deal. You should be able to get a 20 gallon, filter and heater for $20-$30 possibly even less. Then you will need some de-chlorinater and water test kit (could look for on ebay and get that for cheaper). That should about be $50, then the tank will need to cycle so you can save up for some fish. Or were you looking for fish that didn't require a heater?

Trishfish 04-09-2007 09:43 PM

I love my platies. They're hardy, colorful, and livebearing.

The bigger the tank you can afford the more stable your water parameters will be. Make sure you read the sticky on cycling tanks.

Good luck and enjoy! :)

RubyWhisper 04-09-2007 10:01 PM

thanks for the tip, i completely forgot about ebay! I bet there are some great deals there. platies sound like a good fish, I'll look into them.

Trishfish 04-09-2007 10:04 PM

I think virtually all lfs carry platies in all kinds of varieties. I wouldn't bother with paying for shipping costs, but that's just me.

RubyWhisper 04-09-2007 10:18 PM

ifs? Internet Fish stores?

scottysgirl 04-09-2007 10:47 PM

lfs= local fish store. Sorry, perhaps I wasn't clear, I didn't mean buying fish online, but looking for water testing kits (liquid kind) on ebay can be a lot cheaper, even with shipping. Platies are good hardy fish, but can reproduce at an alarming rate. I'd google 'hardy aquarium fish' and see what hits you get, see which fish you like, and then you can ask the forum about stocking suggestions. First steps first though, finding an aquarium, I'd recommend craigslist for a cheap aquarium.

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