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PaperclipGirl
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New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« on: February 03, 2010, 10:48:11 PM »

Okay -

My brother who has had a 50g tank has talked me into buying a 55g tank.  I currently have a new 14g tank with  3 comets and 1 common. I am so excited to get them a proper size home - but this one comes with a catch.

The catch --- this tank is a "tropical' tank and comes with several fish and all the chemicals/equipment (all for $100). We checked it out and everything is beautiful and working. They are getting rid of it because they are moving.

We are going to be tearing it down and moving it this saturday. Its only 10 minutes away since I live in a super small town.

My brother doesn't think the tropical fish will make it  for the transfer (I figure maybe 2 hours out of the tank with the tearing down/setting up process).

I hate to see these fish die, but I also know that my goldies might not mix with the other fish, let one be happy/healthy in a warm tank.

Any thoughts or suggestions? All comments welcome!




(P.S. the included fish are angelfish, loaches, and tetras)

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Mindemae
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2010, 10:57:34 PM »

Can't you put the tropicals in the 16 gallon tank?
Or find someone willing to take the tropicals?
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PaperclipGirl
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010, 03:18:56 AM »

I am taking a trip to the next town over today and visiting several LFS to see if they will take the fish.

I didn't want to do a tropical fish tank because the thought of a heater is daunting, I don't want to wake up to boiled fish, or cold dead ones.

Not to mention, I am new at this. I read somewhere that a 55g tank was better suited for a beginner, so in a way I want to get the tank, do a fishless cycle then add my goldies. I think trying to keep the other fish will be just too much for me.
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010, 03:25:41 AM »

That solves everything.

But a heater isn't that bad, they usually have a built-in something so you can set the temperature yourself. But then again, your fish could get burned on it if they go too close, so you'd have to cover it with something.

Hope your fish will enjoy their new home though! (:
I want a new tank too :CC
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PaperclipGirl
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010, 10:03:24 PM »

I went to three LFSs and none will take the fish, however, I think I'm going to work on my brother to get one of his own and take them. Or I'm listing them in the newspaper (at least the big ones) I might keep the others in the 16 gallon later, but I'd like to use it as a hospital tank, since we are experiencing our first infection due to my ignorance.   

I want the tank for my goldies, now that I'm attached to them. They are such friendly guys (ours are all called boys regardless of what they really are). My daughter with autism is so attached to them too, as they have started recognizing her and swim up to the tank when she watches them (I have her do the evening feeding so they will do this).
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010, 09:23:40 AM »

Goldfish can become so friendly and even recognize their owners voice!
That really sweet your daughter has a bond with your goldfish....maybe sometime she would like to try and train them to eat from her fingers.  I started training mine with orange pieces first...since they love them and are easier and bigger for the fish to grab.
Well good luck with your fish, I hope everything works out for you. Smiley
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 09:43:48 PM »

Good luck! if you need any help just post! we'll be all over it like.. like.. I want to use a clever fish pun but I cant... Well, we'll be all over it! Smiley
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2010, 11:00:14 PM »

Update - couldn't get rid of the tropical fish on my 55g and my brother tried to convince me that I should keep the tropicals.

Now - through a series of misfortunes I killed the beneficial bacteria on my HOB filter and didn't get the new canister filter seeded.

It looks like I'm probably going to lose my tropicals anyway. So.....  efforts are back in place to find them homes before they die.

After the tank is empty - here is the new plan

55 gallon tank will become a bare bottom tank with potted plants. I'm thinking of maybe 2 or 3  fancy goldfish, such as fantails.

The current (healthy and happy) comet goldfish will be going in a summer pond as soon as the weather is nice.

By the way I now have 3 tanks - didn't take long for the MTS (multi-tank syndrome) to kick in.

Current tanks:

55g with the Tropicals
20g long (bare bottom) with 3 comets and 1 common
14g with 1 betta

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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2010, 11:07:21 PM »

oh -  I did check with all the local fish stores within a 50 mile radius (not that many) - none will take the fish, but one has a bulletin board that I could post pictures and my phone number.
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2010, 11:14:27 PM »

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oh -  I did check with all the local fish stores within a 50 mile radius (not that many) - none will take the fish, but one has a bulletin board that I could post pictures and my phone number.


You can try posting ads in craigslist  (it's completely free of charge)
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People just love free fish and free items so maybe you 'll have some luck there.
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2010, 02:28:26 PM »

Ha!  I have the multi tank syndrome too! Cheesy
I have 4 tanks going right now!
And a 14 gallon just standing empty just waiting for something to fill it! Wink
I wish you lived closer I would take your tropicals!
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Re: New Tank - jumping in with both feet
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 02:47:04 AM »

Yay! All my tropicals are gone now.

Thank you Biffop! I checked Craigslist and I found a listing asking for tropical fish for a special needs home. Two of the species they asked for I had - and they were willing to take the rest!

So now my 55 is empty.
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