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Old 03-19-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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Do you really think so? I have to admit this conversation put that very thought in the back of my mind. Do you think I would find it more enjoyable? I do grow weary of all the added maintainence of my ten gal. If it would be more rewarding and less work, and if I could get a larger tank at a deal as you say, I just might consider it in the future.
When I had only a smaller tank, I tested way too often. I did weekly water changes, and at least once a month I did a half a tank water change.

My first 'big tank' was a 65g. I put big in quotes cause if I had to start a new it would seem like bare minimum to me. But anyway, I got a 65, transferred my plants to there and didn't clean that thing for months. I started testing the water less and less. I didn't have to.

I could see why you got disinterested in the hobby. People have things to do taking care of the tank is not enjoyable.

I dunno if you have ever upgraded your TV? but going from a ten gallon to a nice 90g or something is like going from a 29 inch old school tube tv to a nice 50 inch plasma TV.

I like goldfish, I like sharks, but having just one of each in the tiny viewing space of a 10 gallon would bore me to death

Colorful Cichlids swimming in and out caves of holly rock is quite a sight.

A school of 30 Cardinal Tetras glittering in the light set against live plants is just pure beauty.

A beautifully aquascaped tank with 5 or 6 discus fish??? Man.....

unless you are two inches from the tank. a ten gallon covers 1/5 of your viewing area. A bigger tank just fills your scope of vision and keeps you interested much longer.

Go online. Check craigslist or local fish chat sites.

Some people change their set ups all the time. The new thing now is Plywood aquariums. No joke, people are creating aquariums out of one sheet of glass and 5 sheets of Plywood now. Seriously!!! because it is so easy, rather cheap, and more versatile many people are upgrading to these and selling what they consider smaller (100g) tanks.

You would be surprised. Aquarium plants often grow like weeds, monthly maintenance often involves chopping off and discarding lots of plants. Many generous posters often post the clippings online for free.

Fish too are much cheaper on these forums. People have angelfish that made dozens of little ones, they sell them for a few dollars each.

Guppies, mollies and other live bearers usually go for free.


you just need to be on the look out and buy stuff as it comes available.

If you are concerned about buying a used tank, you can empty it and scrub it down. You can even wash it with clorox even if they say you shouldn't. I have. I just made sure I rinsed the heck out of it and then treated the insides with aquasafe dechlorinator.

here is a 75g tank for $60 bucks: Glass Fish Tank Aquariums 15 Gallon Tall and 75 Gallon Long (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2900154442.html - broken link) . can't beat that. That is less than a dollar a gallon.

this one is 215g for 300 bucks: Very large aquarium (reef ready) for sale for hobbist (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2887222838.html - broken link)

Free fish: Pink Beta Fish- free to good home (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2868246695.html - broken link)

even this beautiful 75g with matching stand, plus filters and decorations isn't a bad deal :75 Gallon Fish Tank with stand - $150 OBO (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2902727894.html - broken link)
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Old 03-19-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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When I had only a smaller tank, I tested way too often. I did weekly water changes, and at least once a month I did a half a tank water change.

My first 'big tank' was a 65g. I put big in quotes cause if I had to start a new it would seem like bare minimum to me. But anyway, I got a 65, transferred my plants to there and didn't clean that thing for months. I started testing the water less and less. I didn't have to.

I could see why you got disinterested in the hobby. People have things to do taking care of the tank is not enjoyable.

I dunno if you have ever upgraded your TV? but going from a ten gallon to a nice 90g or something is like going from a 29 inch old school tube tv to a nice 50 inch plasma TV.

I like goldfish, I like sharks, but having just one of each in the tiny viewing space of a 10 gallon would bore me to death

Colorful Cichlids swimming in and out caves of holly rock is quite a sight.

A school of 30 Cardinal Tetras glittering in the light set against live plants is just pure beauty.

A beautifully aquascaped tank with 5 or 6 discus fish??? Man.....

unless you are two inches from the tank. a ten gallon covers 1/5 of your viewing area. A bigger tank just fills your scope of vision and keeps you interested much longer.

Go online. Check craigslist or local fish chat sites.

Some people change their set ups all the time. The new thing now is Plywood aquariums. No joke, people are creating aquariums out of one sheet of glass and 5 sheets of Plywood now. Seriously!!! because it is so easy, rather cheap, and more versatile many people are upgrading to these and selling what they consider smaller (100g) tanks.

You would be surprised. Aquarium plants often grow like weeds, monthly maintenance often involves chopping off and discarding lots of plants. Many generous posters often post the clippings online for free.

Fish too are much cheaper on these forums. People have angelfish that made dozens of little ones, they sell them for a few dollars each.

Guppies, mollies and other live bearers usually go for free.


you just need to be on the look out and buy stuff as it comes available.

If you are concerned about buying a used tank, you can empty it and scrub it down. You can even wash it with clorox even if they say you shouldn't. I have. I just made sure I rinsed the heck out of it and then treated the insides with aquasafe dechlorinator.

here is a 75g tank for $60 bucks: Glass Fish Tank Aquariums 15 Gallon Tall and 75 Gallon Long (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2900154442.html - broken link) . can't beat that. That is less than a dollar a gallon.

this one is 215g for 300 bucks: Very large aquarium (reef ready) for sale for hobbist (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2887222838.html - broken link)

Free fish: Pink Beta Fish- free to good home (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2868246695.html - broken link)

even this beautiful 75g with matching stand, plus filters and decorations isn't a bad deal :75 Gallon Fish Tank with stand - $150 OBO (http://houston.craigslist.org/pet/2902727894.html - broken link)
Thanks for the advice. I'm definately going to consider it. Those are really nice looking tanks in thelinks you provided as well.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:20 AM
 
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How about this Craigslist ad. Now that's overcrowding goldfish. The tank is way over-priced, though. You have to check CL every day for good deals. The good ones are gone in a day, the bad ones are re-listed over and over for weeks.

aquarium 20 gal. 36x12 7 gold fish (http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/for/2892216037.html - broken link)
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:30 PM
 
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How about this Craigslist ad. Now that's overcrowding goldfish. The tank is way over-priced, though. You have to check CL every day for good deals. The good ones are gone in a day, the bad ones are re-listed over and over for weeks.

aquarium 20 gal. 36x12 7 gold fish (http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/for/2892216037.html - broken link)
whoa, those fish are waaay too big for that tank.

and yeah that add is waay too pricey.

I agree. If you are looking for a nice tank, check craigslist daily for deals.

Heck I am not looking for a tank but I still check. You never know when something unexpected will be listed.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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How about this Craigslist ad. Now that's overcrowding goldfish. The tank is way over-priced, though. You have to check CL every day for good deals. The good ones are gone in a day, the bad ones are re-listed over and over for weeks.

aquarium 20 gal. 36x12 7 gold fish (http://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/for/2892216037.html - broken link)
And they cant even be bothered to fill the tank to the top to make it look half decent for the ad.......
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