I was thinking about getting a fish tank

I brought it up to my parents and they said that it is a bad idea because they are stinky and need constant cleaning. They kind of talked me out of it for now but I might change my mind it the future. I think getting a big tank and collecting fish might be fun. And watching them swim around might be relaxing.

Anyone have or have had a fish tank? How much work is it maintaining it?

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I have no clue, but they do look complicated. But I think if you are committed, it will be something you will enjoy doing, even maintenance.

I do love when I see a fish tank with colorful fishes. Like tropical fishes. I think they are salt water fish tanks.

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Idk it’s not too bad idea.

I mean it’s nice to have something to look after.

And it brings a nice atmosphere to a room if it’s a well looked after fish tank.

I personally don’t do pets.

I just can’t be asked.

Good question though, idk how much work they are to maintain

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@LittleMissSlothy don’t you have cats?

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When I had a 10 gallon tank I would clean it probably twice a week and change the water out by 20%. I didn’t find it hard but I was pretty dedicated to it for a few years. Just make sure to really research the fish you want and get a proper set up. Goldfish need 20 gallons minimum for example. I didn’t know that and had him in a 10 gallon and he ended up dying too soon.

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Yes they are family cats though. I live out of the family home.

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Thanks. Good advice Moon. I will probably wait until after Christmas if I do decide to get one. I need to rearrange my room to make room for one anyway and that might take some time, so plenty of time for research

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It’s best to set up the tank and let it “cycle” for a month before getting fish

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I used to have a fish tank in my room and watched goldfish swimming. I changed 50% of the water once a week and collected fish poo everyday. But my goldfish died one by one soon which made me heartbroken constantly. Really a bad experience.

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I think I’m over my head with my dog in terms of fiances. My mom is helping, and me being here with them means my mom and brother don’t ave to worry about the dogs wrecking things but I’m not sure.

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Why not hamster, rodents, cats or dogs, you can touch those and studies show that touching Pets lowers blood pressure

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You can decide if you like fish by starting small and easy, like getting a little betta fish in a small, desktop tank. I used to only clean out my betta’s tank 1x/week and he lived over 4 years. This is the one I mailed to my sister – don’t know if you heard that story. I’ve been thinking about getting another one, but I don’t have a good spot to put him in right now.

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Fish are more intelligent than you think and keeping them in a tank is cruel and unnecessary.

Imagine for a moment the size of the sea or a coral reef and then imagine having to live your whole existence in a prison cell. Listen on line to the dawn chorus of fish and you will see that have full, conscious existences and do not deserve a life of misery in a small tank, just so you can see something pretty.

Fish learn and remember no matter what the old text books purported. Science now is starting to recognise this. Don’t be part of the exploitative part of history.

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I have a 30 litre tank and neontetras only.
It has been easy taking care of.
I dont think You should start with a big tank.

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When I was a kid, a man up the street from us was a fish enthusiast, but his thing was large, I mean big, freshwater fish. The ones I remember were Oscars and Jack Dempsey cichlids. He had a lot of tanks, and he kept the lights off, so with these big ol’ fish and just the tank lights, it was kinda weird. Cool though. I think maybe the Oscars were saltwater.
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I don’t have a good relationship with fish. I think they hate me. I suggest getting a turtle.

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That was funny. Fifteen.

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if you are newbie aquarist %80 of probability you wouldn t set of nitrite nitrate cycling and that will cause huge dirt, algae and bad smell at your aquarium.my advice is first feed a goldfish in a bowl and understand the basic of aquarium ecosystem.if you just jump to advance aquarium big probability end up with tragedy for your all fishes.good luck though.i strongly recommend to investigate osmotic shock of fishes because new aquarist lost most of their fishes with that phenomenon.other advice is put a elodea(Waterweeds) plant to your aquarium if you are serious about advance aquarium.that plant help to reduce nitrate level significantly and this will help to prevent algae growth.elodea just a miracle plant for stabilize water levels.in usa some states using that plant to clean dirty ponds waters.i love that plant.its look ugly though

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Actually, smaller tanks like the 1 to 5 gallons are harder to keep fish alive in because the water quality is easier to get thrown off. I started off with a 10 gallon and I swear it was perfect for a beginner. I recently had a 3 gallon and my fish didn’t last long

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That seems to make sense to me because I was reading that the toxicity of the water is caused a lot by the fish waste products. A smaller tank/smaller volume of water would mean a higher concentration of these waste products more quickly.

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