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Old Yesterday, 12:29   #1
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Aquariums

I got my kids a 10 gallon aquarium a few weeks ago...nothing fancy, just a starter kit from Petsmart. We had 5 guppies, but one died after a few days. The replacement also died, so we're left with 4 of the originals which seem to be doing well.

We're still trying to get a handle on how much to feed them. I think we're over doing it because just before this post I spent a while skimming uneaten food from the bottom.

Any tips on maintenance from the fish enthusiasts? My wife wants to get a snail. Would there be enough room for it and 4 guppies in a 10 gallon tank? The bottom is pretty moderated planted with some space in the front and top for them to swim quickly and places to hide in the back.
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Old Yesterday, 12:42   #2
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Go get a book about aquariums.

I recommend this one:




used it is very cheap. I found it very helpful.

If you are skimming off uneaten food, you are defintely feeding too much.
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Old Yesterday, 12:43   #3
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For bottom feeders, I found albino cory catfish worked great. They can get big, but pleco's are awesome against algae buildup. Good luck, aquariums are fun and relaxing!
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I can't wait until I move into my new home, so I can get another one. The can be a pain, but they are very relaxing, especially laying in front of the fireplace, watching football and looking at the fish and then looking at the snow out the window.

Would certainly recommend a bottom feeder for the tank and a good filter. Regular maintance also does help a lot....

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It takes about six weeks to get the biological cycle going, guppies are fine for this. Losing one or two is normal. Feed them about one small flake a day for this period, then you can slightly increase the amount and add a few more fish. I'd say five guppies and about three other small fish would be about right for a 10 gallon tank. I shoot for about 1/2" of fish per gallon, you can go as much as 1" per gallon but you need good filtration.

If you even think you may be overfeeding, believe me, you're overfeeding. And it's critical not to do that early on, it messes with the chemistry while the various types of natural bacteria get established and can process the waste products and uneaten food.

Currently I have a 55 gallon fresh water tank with one clown loach in it that is going on 13 years (they are supposed to live about 8 years, go figure.) He's about 8" long, and hates all other fish so I'm letting him live out his existence by himself, which seems to suit him.
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Dannios are great little fish to get an aquarium started up on
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Yep you need a bottom feeder. You have plenty of room in that tank for several more similar sized fish as the guppies.

Here are my recommendations.

These are called Neon Tetras. They are a schooling fish so you need a small group of them 3-4-5 etc. Very colorful bright blue and red will go perfect with the guppies.

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If you want to stick with all Guppies look at the 'Fancy Guppies'. These can even be entered into shows for the best Guppy. Some bigger pet/aquarium stores have Guppy shows for the kids. Pick up four of these to go with your other Guppies.

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And lastly pick up one of these guys. He is called a 'Clown Loach' fish. He/she will keep the bottom of your tank nice and clean.


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Be aware that Guppies are just about the fastest breeding fish there is. They are going to have babies and they are going to eat the babies so be prepared for your screaming terrified kids to make you aware of this in the middle of the night.

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Also I'd recommend to not add any more fish for five or six weeks. Let the tank stabilize. Otherwise you risk the dreaded ich. Believe me, you don't want that.
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Yes, you are over feeding them.
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Be aware that Guppies are just about the fastest breeding fish there is. They are going to have babies and they are going to eat the babies so be prepared for your screaming terrified kids to make you aware of this in the middle of the night.

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They are supposed to be all males, so unless there's something fishy going on, there won't be any fry.



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It's aquaria. HH
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They are supposed to be all males, so unless there's something fishy going on, there won't be any fry.



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You can sex Guppies and in fact most live bearing tropical aquarium fish by looking at whats called their anal fin. This is the fin right before their anus. A female Guppy the fin is fanned out and full. A male Guppy the fin is collapsed and rod shaped.

Here is a good illustration.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=27362



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Old Yesterday, 23:05   #16
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1 inch = 1 gallon = clean every week

Yes, you are over feeding them. I would suggest under feeding them, they seem to do better.

I am not a friendly fish person. I like aggressive fish like ciclids(sp?). They are more interactive. I also like much bigger tanks. 10gallon isn't much.

I would suggest buying your tanks used.
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A fish's stomach is about the same size as his eyeball. Feed accordingly.
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Feed them no more than they can eat up in 5 minutes
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Yes, you are over feeding them.
This..................one of the biggest mistakes new tank owners make.
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I had aquariums for several years. Some thing I learned: Most people severely overfeed. Newbees often overcrowd their aquarium. All aquariums occasionally need to be thoroughly cleaned. Cleaning can be kept to a minimum by using correct equipment, proper feeding techniques and the right balance of living things in the tank. Fish like people unexpectedly die. If too many die there is a problem. Religiously do partial water changes.

Oh yeah. Sooner or later you're gonna tire of the whole process.
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