Cringing At This Tank...

  1. kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    So, despite my best efforts, my sister has decided to get a fish tank. It's not even set up yet though she's already bought the fish...

    The tank is a 10g.
    2 pangasius catfish
    8 pink neons
    3 pink GlassFish

    I've tried to explain the process of cycling and over stocking and how big that catfish will get, but between her and my mom they just don't seem to care or think I'm joking... I feel so bad for these poor fish that are going to have to endure this torture now :(
     
  2. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    It will not finish well.
     
  3. sweendog87

    sweendog87 Valued Member Member

    It's been an hour since your first post I'm betting shes lost a fish by now lol
     


  4. Susiefoo

    Susiefoo Well Known Member Member

  5. NavigatorBlack

    NavigatorBlack Fishlore VIP Member

    No store should sell Pangasius, except as a special order. The species should not be available in display tanks, and a store that sells them is advertising itself as low quality.
     
  6. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

    Poor fish. Hopefully we can think of a way to change her mind, not completely, but to the point where she actually listens to yoh
     


  7. J

    Jocelyn Adelman Fishlore VIP Member

    Maybe you can also add some media from your tank to help the cycle along????
     
  8. OP
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    kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    I agree completely. I got her a bottle of safe start now, hopefully she'll be bothered to use it. The store apparently said that they would not get so big, but in a 10g everything is pretty big. Hopefully they'll make it through a fish-in cycle...
     
  9. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

    I wouldn't say hopefully... sorry if this opinion bothers anyone but......

    If the fish were to die, she's more than likely going to either A. Not want to get anymore or B. Not going to get the same species which is where you sleek in and point out fish that would work. Find the prettiest 10 gallon suitable fish and point them out non-stop.

    Yes, this would mean letting the unfortunate fish in the tank now die, but in the end she'd be happy because she has fish and you'd be happy because you're not taking care of another persons tank.
     
  10. OP
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    kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Yeah I kinda agree with that, though it would be a shame for these beautiful cats to die :(... I point out the ones that will work but get told that they're "ugly and lame" all my advice falls on deaf ears... they always say I buy plain, ugly, little fish but they don't realise how big these fish get or think I'm exaggerating and they think the fish will just grow to the size of the tank...
     
  11. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

    Did you show them the post with the giant version of their precious baby fish
     
  12. IceFyre1414

    IceFyre1414 Well Known Member Member

    I would definitely show them pictures of a full-grown Pangasius. I have no idea why pet stores still sell them and other huge fish like common plecos and redtail catfish:(
     
  13. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

    Me either. And I thought Bala sharks shouldn't be sold.. these guys definitely shouldn't be
     
  14. OP
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    kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    She wanted a bala shark too, but instead went for 2 pangasius... I have told her countless times that they will grow to 4 feet long aquarium busters... but she just laughs and tells me to chill... when these things do grow you can't even give them back as no one will want a fish this size...
     
  15. fish time

    fish time Well Known Member Member

    Had a similar encounter execpt my dad had a saltwater tank bio cube about 2 years ago it was a 24 gallon bio cube and the stocking had
    1 maroon clownfish
    4 damsels
    1 baby emperor anglerfish
    1 blue hippo tang
    1 fire shrimp
    And that's about it all died

    The fire shrimp is the only one that survied
     
  16. OP
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    kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Oh goodness...that sounds like one expensive mistake! @fish time
     
  17. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

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    kayla.s

    kayla.s Well Known Member Member

    Don't think they will get quite that big as that's a giant mekong, but I know that these will get BIG too. Just not giant:sorry: (thankfully)
     
  19. KaderTheAnt

    KaderTheAnt Well Known Member Member

    It's enough to scare her from keeping it
     
  20. shiv234

    shiv234 Well Known Member Member