Mom wants a tank =)

Coryd55
  • #1
We went to Petland today and she saw a Rope Fish and now she wants one. How hard are they to keep. Requirements? etc, etc. I know they are brackish but that's about it.....


Lemme know.

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Dino
  • #2
They require a little bit of specialized care.
They also usually do best on live food, which can be an expensive committment.
 
Coryd55
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Yea the guy told us they were a little hard to take care of but wanted to double check here. ANy other interesting fish that just look unique like that one?
 
COBettaCouple
  • #4
hmm.. maybe she'd like a knife fish or baschir (hope I spelled that one right)?
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #5
Those are both very large fish, just so ya know Cory. They'd need 100 gallon each, basically.
 
armadillo
  • #6
You could go for dwarf puffers, kuhlI loaches and a fancy pleco or something. They all look quite special, and could live together in a 20G. Also, they're freshwater.
 
Butterfly
  • #7
Kuhlis are kind of snakey looking like the rope fish and very easy to take care of.
Carol
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #8
And with Kuhlis, if you wait till they are all under a large piece of driftwood and move the driftwood they scatter like crazy, its fun... but should never be done cuz it is probably cruel to give kuhlI loaches heart attacks.
 
Butterfly
  • #9
And with Kuhlis, if you wait till they are all under a large piece of driftwood and move the driftwood they scatter like crazy, its fun... but should never be done cuz it is probably cruel to give kuhlI loaches heart attacks.

uuuuummmmmmmmm !! I know what you been doing
carol
 
Coryd55
  • Thread Starter
  • #10
Yea I plan on getting 8 kuhlis inmy tank. I thought about BGK but they get big. She might like some kind of pleco. Since they have such a color variety.
 
armadillo
  • #11
That sounds good. Although you'll need to research well to make sure you buy one that doesn't grow crazy big. The Queen Arabesque is beautiful and if I am not mistaken, it doesn't grow too much. Although I"ve never owned one, so not sure. planet catfish is a great site to research plecos, with a fab database to choose from.

Not all kuhlis get big. It depends on the species. But I guess if she wants original, then it's not super that you have it in the very same house, LOL.

OOooh, how about adding pretty shrimps to her bizarre animal collection? Or African Dwarf Frogs?
 
JMatt1983
  • #12
an upside down catfish would be interesting, they grow to be about 4 inches, they naturally swim upside down, so they're fun to watch
 
COBettaCouple
  • #13
yea, I did go kinda big tank on her.. great suggestions here & I really like the idea of some plecos that would be more unique looking or just plain beauties like the high-finned bristlenoses, along with either glass cats or upside-down cats.
 
armadillo
  • #14
That's a great suggestion, J Matt! Are they tropical or colder water, though? I seemed to remember something about them being cool water, but am not sure whether am totally confused here. Anyway, do check that one out: great idea.
an upside down catfish would be interesting, they grow to be about 4 inches, they naturally swim upside down, so they're fun to watch
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #15
The main fish sold as upsidedown catfish are from the congo; they are tropical.
 
Cody
  • #16
maybe some kind of shrimp would be cool there unuiqe and give the tank some personality
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #17
In the spring or summer check out aquabid Some of the shrimp on there go for outrageous amounts sometimes, but some are worth it. (aquabid is the ebay for the fishkeeping hobby, basically.) I want some of the blue tiger shrimp sooooo bad but not 100s of dollars bad.
 
Butterfly
  • #18
In the spring or summer check out Some of the shrimp on there go for outrageous amounts sometimes, but some are worth it. (aquabid is the ebay for the fishkeeping hobby, basically.) I want some of the blue tiger shrimp sooooo bad but not 100s of dollars bad.
I want Peppermint shrimp but ditto on the price
Carol
 
armadillo
  • #19
Ah well, there you go. I was confused there. Thanks for setting the record straight.

So that's great news: upside downs are on the list.

After all this, we DEMAND pictures of her set-up when it's up and running!
The main fish sold as upsidedown catfish are from the congo; they are tropical.
 
Dino
  • #20
Cory, with you living close to Atlanta, you will find lots of interesting QUALITY fish availbe at the Atlanta Area Aquarium Association auctions.

Plus, you get to meet the people who bred these fish, a bonus when you are to the point of trying to breed your fish.
 
Chief_waterchanger
  • #21
(whispers to Cory)

They're weirdos, run fast. People like Dino and Butterfly show up to those club meetings.

 
Dino
  • #22
We have pictures of CWC at AAAA auctions too, so don't listen to him.
 
Coryd55
  • Thread Starter
  • #23
Haha. Alright I might be able to make it to that Cichlid one you were talking about. Its a weekend right?
 
Dino
  • #24
Yes, it is in mid July.
It will be the largest fish show in the country for 2008.
 
Coryd55
  • Thread Starter
  • #25
Oh, its in July so it's during summer. I think I can probably make it then.
 
Dino
  • #26
Cool!
 

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