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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #30 on: August 30, 2010, 02:47:46 AM »

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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #31 on: August 30, 2010, 02:50:05 AM »

The 56L one? It's to small though Sad
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #32 on: August 30, 2010, 02:51:50 AM »

Yeah, unfortunately. Sad Pretty good price though. I do have a friend who says they have a 90L fishtank, less than 18 months with not cracks or leaks (lets hope). Only problem is his mum hasn't said anything about wanting to sell it, he kinda just brought the subject up. Would 90L be enough?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2010, 02:53:27 AM »

Yes Smiley That is what I have. Ask them, it would be perfect.
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #34 on: August 30, 2010, 03:05:11 AM »

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Yeah, unfortunately. Sad Pretty good price though. I do have a friend who says they have a 90L fishtank, less than 18 months with not cracks or leaks (lets hope). Only problem is his mum hasn't said anything about wanting to sell it, he kinda just brought the subject up. Would 90L be enough?

90 l is beautiful.  GO FOR IT  Grin  Roll Eyes

Just another thing to think at is:  if you get a smaller tank because it suits your budget at the moment, somewhen down the track you'll must get a bigger one anyway which is more money again... Wink but this is the way how it happened that we got 3 tanks now, haha.
Started with the small one, had to upgrade to the big one because our goldies just outgrew it sooooo quick.
Anyway we got the "bug" and got tank No 3,  Grin
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #35 on: August 30, 2010, 03:08:44 AM »

but also have a lok at those ebay links I posted. Pretty good things there.

I personally never had dodgy things of ebay. but you should check the sellers reputation Wink
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #36 on: August 30, 2010, 03:16:19 AM »

I've had a look around, and found 2 tanks which could be good. They're both Juwel. One's 110L and the other's 125L. Only problem is I can't find a store online which lists their prices for each tank. In the UK, these tanks abour around 125-150 pounds, so it's not that expensive. What do you think?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2010, 03:25:53 AM »

I think AU$ are about 3 times as much as UK Pounds, so it would be AU$ 375 - 425.
This is what an AquaOne costs like we bought the other day. Without stand, the tank only is priced AU$ 355 and it holds 140 l.
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #38 on: August 30, 2010, 03:28:41 AM »

It's more around 1.80 AUD nowadays. ^_^ So around 225-240 AUDish. But that's Britain, and their prices are generally cheaper from experience with other things. I'm guessing they're gonna be at least 280 AUD in Aus.
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #39 on: August 30, 2010, 03:35:45 AM »

yeah, maybe, I am not that familiar with the current value but you may look it up and google for a currency converter Smiley
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #40 on: August 30, 2010, 04:09:05 AM »

Well, I appreciate all the help. I'm all out of questions, so thanks for the help Smiley.  I'm going to have to start saving up now. :S
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2010, 04:34:46 AM »

No worries, any time you wanna know sth, just post, we are happy to help.
please keep us updated how things are going with the tank and eventually you get your fish
you "must"  introduce them to us  Cheesy
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2010, 04:50:47 AM »

Nothing will start until after September because I'll be away for 3 weeks. Not the best start to owning fishies Tongue
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2010, 06:56:06 AM »

Okay, so I've been reading around a bit about fish diseases. One which really sticks out is the dropsy disease. Looks soo disgusting, and the fish looks in a lot of pain. Is it actually treatable? Or is it fatal and the fish should be euthonized asap? What are the chances of the fish getting it and how can I prevent it? I've also read the  comments about dropsy and lots of people said their orandas got them. Are orandas just more susceptible? Cry
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2010, 07:07:40 PM »

Basically whenever a fish gets sick it is due to stress and a weak immune system. Like with us humans. If we are stressed out our immune system is weaker and it can happen that we get sick.
Same with fishies.
Poor waterquality leads to stress, even transporting the fish from the pet shop to your home is stress. And stress can lead to illness.

Dropsy is caused by internal infection and if it is that far developed there is hardly any chance to save the fish. But I remember somewhere on this forum sbdy posted how she/he saved his/her fish from dropsy... but I cannot remember which post it is... you may browse the "health and illness" section

If you read up the history of the goldfish, you will learn that common, commet and koi are the hardiest varieties and "nature made".
All other fancy ones are more susceptible to deseases because they all are "man made". This means, it is not natural to have a stunt body or growth on the head or protruding eyes or too long fins... all those varieties are initially bread by humans.

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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #45 on: August 31, 2010, 02:24:00 PM »

I read through all the stuff, noticed that I've missed a lot... but I have one thing to say:
Learning how to keep fish is too d*mn easy to fail. All you need to do is cycle the tank, stock it right and change the water in it from time to time. A varied and nutritious diet is a plus! This will for sure keep your fish healthy, and you won't even have to learn about any diseases! It's better that way actually. So leave the diseases or you'll be jumping at every single hovering or lethargic fish and over-treat them. Usually a large water change will do the trick!

That's it. Buy the 125 l tank and you're good to go! Cheesy
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #46 on: September 01, 2010, 03:07:13 AM »

I'm sad to say the Rio 125 is definitely not going to happen. near $800, it's gonna be way too hard for me to save up for that. Could you recommend some tanks at a price below $300? Thanks a bunch
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #47 on: September 01, 2010, 03:25:21 AM »

There is an Aquarist Auction at Caboolture this Saturday

Saturday SEPTEMBER 4th
QUEENSLAND AQUARIUM HOBBYISTS AUCTION
AUCTION STARTS 5.00PM
FISH IN FROM 3.00PM
CABOOLTURE HIGH SCHOOL HALL
LEE STREET, CABOOLTURE

It may be worth it to go there.

I'll try to make it with my hubby, as I will be working until 5 pm, then about 40 min drive down there... I try to find out for how long it'll go Wink

Never been at an auction but apparently there is everything, LFS, tanks, equipment, plants....
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #48 on: September 01, 2010, 11:01:24 AM »

Well, in my local pet store they sell tanks that are made within the country Smiley Really good quality stuff and quite affordable Smiley I think I mentioned earlier that I recently bought a 317 l tank with lights, gravel, filter and heater (but the filter sucked so I bought a new one) for "only" 350. In other words, it's much like 1a liter and another 33 for the gravel and lights d: Which by the way cost 23 a bulb and 13 per bag of gravel. I got five bags Cheesy
Try looking for some deals like this around where you live! Maybe you'll find something good Smiley

Not to mention craigslist. I heard there are lots of nice tanks there Cheesy
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #49 on: September 02, 2010, 02:50:03 AM »

I just got an idea. Might seem a big strange, but since it's going to take quite some time for me to get a proper tank, I was thinking of converting one of those massive rubbish bins into a temporary tank. Do you think it would work? Could a filter be implemented somehow?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #50 on: September 02, 2010, 04:05:53 AM »

I bought a 3 foot tank which holds 155+ litres after I put the gravel, plants and decorations in. It cost me $290 (from memory...could have been less) including the timber stand and glass lids to put on top of the tank. Not exactly sure of the brand of the tank but I have seen them at pretty much every pet shop and aquarium shop I have been too. I got mine from the Pet Barn which has quite a lot of locations if you are in Australia. (Link is not visible to guests. Please register to view.) .....< lol not trying to endorse them or anything XD I just bought most of my stuff from there when I was setting up my tank Smiley

Another good idea is too look on eBay for people selling aquariums locally to where you live as mentioned above. A lot of the time they sell hardly used aquariums along with the filter, gravel, lighting and everything....
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So yeah you can get aquariums at a pretty reasonable price Cheesy
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #51 on: September 02, 2010, 04:17:48 AM »

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I just got an idea. Might seem a big strange, but since it's going to take quite some time for me to get a proper tank, I was thinking of converting one of those massive rubbish bins into a temporary tank. Do you think it would work? Could a filter be implemented somehow?

I'd better be patient and save up for a proper tank which will look like a lovely feature.

Also as Abbiesaurus mentioned, try at petbarn they have tanks for reasonable prices. I wouldn't get my fish from there though as I've seen few dead fish floating in their tanks, but again it depends on the manager too. The prices on their "hardware" is pretty good.

Abbiesaurus, where about in Aussie are you?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #52 on: September 02, 2010, 04:39:12 AM »

Yeah I totally agree...don't buy fish from there. There tanks are very poorly looked after and yeah there is usually a lot of sick and dead fishies Sad There plants are pretty horrible too.
I bought my aquaclear hang on 50 filter for $48 from there on sale Cheesy

I am in Newcastle, NSW Smiley
I think I read your in QLD?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #53 on: September 02, 2010, 04:45:50 AM »

Yes, in Sippy Downs, QLD Wink

Got an Aussie forum, good stuff on there too: QLDAF
Many members from NSW on there as well. You may be interested, perhaps? Wink
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #54 on: September 02, 2010, 04:54:56 AM »

Thanks, I will check it out now Wink
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Re: How big should my tank be?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #56 on: September 02, 2010, 07:12:20 AM »

Do you think 2 orandas could survive in a 70L tank for lets say, 2 years?
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2010, 09:36:59 AM »

Survive, yes, no problem! But you're gonna have to work hard for that. Changing the water and checking the water quality all the time, at some point. So how about starting off with one oranda? And then, when you can afford it, you can buy a bigger tank and another oranda. I'd say that's a pretty good solution.
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #58 on: September 02, 2010, 01:59:08 PM »

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Do you think 2 orandas could survive in a 70L tank for lets say, 2 years?


As Nossie said..... SURVIVE, yes.... but not happy and thriving...

So what is wrong with the other options? I gave you the link to look up in QLDAF, as you live in Brisbane area. And Caboolture is really not far from there if you like to have a tank so bad... Wink
Al members in QLDAF are devoted aquarists. As they upgrade or downgrade they sell their tanks for really very good prices and what I've seen they are not cr*ppy  Tongue

On the other hand, if you only like new tanks, yes go for the juwel one, keep only one fish for now, save up to upgrade in about a years time and convert the Juwel one into either a Q-tank or into a tropical one with guppies, platies, etc. What do you think about this idea? Smiley

Best Friends also have good deals on tanks including stand and cover.
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Re: How big should my tank be?
« Reply #59 on: September 03, 2010, 01:54:03 AM »

I've never seen tanks that cheap here in PetBarn, not saying you are lying Tongue They must make them more expensive here. It was something like 500 dollars for a 100L tank, not including stand! I think, not 100% sure on the exact price.
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