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hi. my name is tim, and i'm an addict.
i first began to dabble in the lifestyle about two years ago. since that time, i've upgraded and upgraded again. i currently have three active tanks in my living room. my newest addition has me quite overwhelmed, and i've just hit rock bottom.
i need help!
and that's why i'm here, to discuss my problem(s), and to find a bit of reassurance from a community of others who also suffer my affliction. i am very new to this, so any kind and constructive direction will be taken with the utmost gratitude.
thank you for your time.
(this is the aquariatics anonymous support group, right?)
we started with a couple goldfish in a cheap 2.5 gallon tank for my son a couple years ago. this last fall, we decided to upgrade to a 10 gallon because the boy was getting more interested in the fish. we thought this way, we can have a few more fish--and we'll have an excuse to bring the tank into the living room because it would be too big to fit on his nightstand. brilliant!
then a couple weeks ago, i was browsing fish on the petsmart site, and i saw a sale on a 55 gallon starter kit for $200. i couldn't pass it up, so we splurged. with two tanks running in the living room (the 55-gal not yet stocked), i thought we were maxed out.
now we were getting into the hobby bigtime. we started researching good fishkeeping practices and decided we didn't want the goldfish in the same tank as angels and neons, so we have the 2.5 gallon set back up to keep the goldfish separate until the 55 gallon is ready to accept our angelfish and pleco. THEN the goldfish will go back into the 10 gallon until we figure out what to do with them. in the meantime, we picked up a couple danios and platies to help the big tank settle after letting it cycle for a week. (oops, turns out fish-in cycling is not smart!)
so that brought me here. i need to learn the how's, what's, why's, and when's. i am excited to be a part of the community! thank you for having me. :)
I think the best way to stop is to get a tank that is big enough to satisfy yourself while having one or two smaller tanks as back up for extra scenarios. Once you have your main tanks and your back up tanks I find it easier to stop wanting more tanks.
I mean I think I will always have that dream 50,000 gallon tank in mind but I need to be realistic for now ;)
There is a lot get info here. I have learn a lot in the past year I have been on. Don't be afraid to ask any question everyone here is friendly and are more and willing to.answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
The first suggestion I would make is getting your goldfish a bigget tank a 10 is half the size a goldfish needs. We have profiles here for lots of fish you can check them out in the Tropical Fish Profiles at the top of the page in the blue bar. You can also click on a name that is shaded in a post like Goldfish
thank you for the pointers! i have learned in the last couple days or so of research that the 10 gallon will be too small to keep them in for much longer, but for now it will have to suffice because i spent all my fun money on the 55 gallon. we take great care to keep them in clean, balanced water (now that we have a better idea of what we're doing) so i'm hoping they can stick it out for a couple more months until we can give them an upgrade.
Craigslist is the best place to find cheap tanks. Although used...
we have the 2.5 gallon, which is really only used for quarantine right now. we're gonna keep our eyes open for something bigger, but for now we can't afford to buy new.
hello and welcome to the group.:-D
i hope you find everything you need here,as there is plenty of info to be had,
and many nice people here to help you along the way.
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