Advice:Go to a fish store where the staff know what they're talking about - and listen. Fish temperments, health, water conditions, etc.. Do what's right for our finned friends.
Also- if you're planning on using driftwood, be aware that you will have orange water.... even after soaking / treating it.
Description:This is Mr. Tipo! The king of the tank.
Rated #73: Freshwater Fish - Jelly Bean Parrot Cichild Stocking In 55 Gallons Tank
Advice:Don't think you have to start small. This is my first tank (55 gallon). Get the fish that interest you the most. You want to enjoy taking care of them. BEST ADVICE: DON'T RUSH INTO IT. Just do your research, get the right equipment and you'll be on your way to a whole new world of, well...fish.
Description:Albino Parrot Cichlid. Ever see one...? This is the result of 2 parrot fish actually mating!
Rated #74: Freshwater Fish - Nandopsis Octofasciatum - Jack Dempsey Stocking In 55 Gallons Tank
Quote:"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?"- Albert Einstein
About Yourself:I started when I was 12 after envying a tank at my library. I did the research and started with a ten gallon which ran successfully for a year until we moved. So far, it's been my healthiest tank, though I've gained so much more practical knowledge.
Fish Kept:Over the years and in different tanks:
Tropical Freshwater: Platties, Swordtails, Neon Tetras, Corydoras, Clown Loach, Rosy Barbs, Chinese algea eater
Coldwater Freshwater: Goldfish (Commons, Orandas, Ryunkins, Lionheads, Comets, Fantails, Telescope Eyes, Pearlscales), Dojo loaches, Bristlenose pleco, White Cloud Mountain Minnows
Corals/Plants:Java Ferns and Moss (easy!)
...and others I can't remember
Advice:Start small, and work your way up. I originally had a 10 gallon tank in high school after a great ecobottle project, and recently upgraded to a bigger tank. I love the responsability even though i have not taken on tougher species yet. My partial mistakes with the small tank make me feel more accountable, as I monitor the tank at every possible moment
Description:My Platinum Angelfish from 72 gallon tank
Rated #78: Freshwater Fish - Corydoras Ornatus - Ornate Cory Cat Stocking In 20 Gallons Tank
About Yourself:Got into the hobby about 12 yrs ago. Started with guppies ect. then move into Cichlids. Hope to get into saltwater one day.
Fish Kept:Regal tang, Clown fish, Fox face, Copperband butterfly, 6 Line wrasse, Flame angel, Bicolor angel, Coral beauty, 2 Scooter blenny 3 Cleaner shrimp, Coral banded shrimp, Fire shrimp, likia star, Red star, 2 short spine urchins,
Corals/Plants:Green Star polyop, Green bubble coral, Sun coral, Red chilli, Elephant ear, Kenya tourch, Red open brain, Gonipoura, Hammer coral (green & pink), Xenia (not the pulse type), Maze brain, Tree sponge,
Quote:"If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)
About Yourself:I'm a student finishing up university, doing a double major, honours, in Law & Human Rights with plans for further education. (Either international human rights law to be studied in Europe or law school to be taken here in Canada.) I pursue fish as a hobby, because I find it relaxing and rewarding, in addition to some of my other hobbies which include traveling, reading, writing, music, and reptiles. I've lived abroad in Germany and plan to live in other countries again down the line - there's nothing like being immersed in another culture!
Fish Kept:Discus. Piranha (p. nattereri, s. sanchezi, s. rhombeus). Oscars. Green terrors. Silver dollars. Clown loaches. Zebra loaches. Various live bearers (guppies, platies, molies, endler's, etc). Various tetras (cardinal, neon, head & tail light, black neon, buenos aires, etc). Bettas (veil, delta, crown, double). And probably a ton more I'm forgetting, this is just off the top of my head...