What fish (or other aquatic animals) do you want to keep but have never owned?

Crimson_687

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NanaT

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vyrille

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I have always wanted to keep nautilus, mantis shrimp, and the giant isopod (all marine). Nautilus and especially the isopod have very particular requirements that cannot be easily met in a home aquarium, though I've seen nautilus being sold at my LFS once before. Oh and cuttlefish!
 

JettsPapa

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Joshaeus

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LOTS. Rift lake cichlids, Dicrossus, numerous wild bettas (especially Betta macrostoma), Macropodus ocellatus, Black darter tetras, a WIDE range of killies, various dwarf cichlids...and the occasional dwarf seahorse fantasy (not realistic to keep a fish that will starve to death if you miss a single day of feeding and needs lots of live food, but those delusions still come up from time to time). There's probably many others I cannot immediately think of...such a long bucket list for a guy whose landlord does not permit more than 20 gallons of tank in the apartment.
 

jinjerJOSH22

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There's two that stand out for me the first is Giant Gourami, the size is obviously the issue, it's just not viable for me to have a 200+ gallon aquarium at the moment.
The second is the SamuraI Gourami, they have striking colours but i've never seen one available.
A bonus would be the Gourami's that require acidic water, i've not really messed with my pH yet, so getting that set up would prove a challenge in itself. Liqorice Gourami, Chocolate GouramI those kinds.

To summarize.... GouramI :p
 

Joshaeus

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jinjerJOSH22 said:
There's two that stand out for me the first is Giant Gourami, the size is obviously the issue, it's just not viable for me to have a 200+ gallon aquarium at the moment.
The second is the SamuraI Gourami, they have striking colours but i've never seen one available.
A bonus would be the Gourami's that require acidic water, i've not really messed with my pH yet, so getting that set up would prove a challenge in itself. Liqorice Gourami, Chocolate GouramI those kinds.

To summarize.... GouramI :p
I am setting up a blackwater tank for either licorice gouramies or wild bettas...they need very soft water with little TDS and virtually no KH or GH, but fortunately most blackwater fishes are not too picky about the exact PH as long as those other parameters are met and are reasonably stable. In my experience, even if your tank started with distilled water, you are unlikely to get the PH below 5.8 without deliberately adding acids to the tank.
 

CHJ

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Wolf fish. No idea why I have never had one, rainbow/purple wolf are pretty affordable and don't get too big.
KoI pond.
Asian Arrowana pool or shipping container tank.
Goliath Tiger fish Olympic swimming pool. Or Arapima Olympic pool (could put things like goonch and Adonis as bottom crew in there). Requires winning the lotto to build and winning 2nd lotto to feed. So I'm 2 lotto wins short.
1st live in captivity great white with attached seal colony. Need to buy and dig out entire neighboring county for this.
Imperial flower loach colony.
More rare plecos. Hypostomus Luteus, chubbies, Pseudacanthicus serratus, super red cactus, etc.
 

FitSoldier

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At some point I would love to be able to keep a Jaguar Cichlid, DoviI (Wolf) Cichlid, and a Tiger Oscar. These are fish I've never owned but really want to own. :p

I guess I really like my large Cichlids, eh? lol
 

FinalFins

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yoyo loach, panda loach, zebra plecos, mega clown plecos, L471, Orange Laser cories, adofoI cories, GBRs, Apisto mcmasteri, apisto panduro, Apisto regani,apisto gibbiceps, apisto borelli, Betta falx, betta macromasta, Discus, LepoldI angelfish, Hilltream loaches, Panda Garra, WCMM, glowlight danios, axeloderI rasboras, All of the fish in boraras genus, a colony of Parotocinclus jumbo, shellies, JardinI arowana, pea puffers, Amazon puffer, hairy puffer, barred pencilfish, golden pencilfish, gardinerI killifish, clown killis, golden wonder killies, pearl killies, celebes rainbowfish, praecox rainbowfish, threadfin rainbowfish, other small rainbowfish, high fin variatus platies, wrestling halfbeak, dwarf pike cichlid and many MANY other fish.

Look how this list has no tetras. Tetras suck.
 

Platylover

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There’s way to many, but some of the top ones(the ones I will eventually try to get) are-
Marine betta
Blue wood shrimp(May add one or two to my upcoming Wetspot order)
Gold tetras
Toucan tetras
Macroetoma betta(again, might be able to get this pretty soon)

The marine betta is the one I want the most, but is likely at least 5+ years away.
 

GoldfishNatalie

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I really want to own my own pet shop one day, and breed all the animals (guinea pigs, chickens, birds, fish, rabbits, ferrets etc...) to fill it. I am working towards that (and maybe when I grow up have 2 kids and a house full of aquariums and animal pens) I would have to have a pretty relaxed husband who doesn’t mind not going away often lol! But I would like cherry barb shrimp, neon guppies, ryunkin, panda, pearl scale and black moor goldfish, bettas, and angelfish are at the top of the list!
 
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RyanC14

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FinalFins said:
Look how this list has no tetras. Tetras suck.
Excuse me? I listed glowlight tetras :p
 

FinalFins

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aussieJJDude

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A small number that's been 'for ages':

- freshwater rays
- vampire crabs (not legal in Aus)
- dwarf puffer (or freshwater puffers in general) (also no legal in Aus, native Aus puffers are brackish)
- discus
- splash tetras
- zebra loaches (not on the allowable import list)
- reef tank
- oscar

Some that Ive kept in the past and would love to keep again:
- halfbeaks (in a large enough group!)
- clown loaches
- silver kuhlies
- Colombian tetras
 

Crispii

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Asian arowana and wild discus for me.
 

AJE

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Pea puffers, I have a tank all set up for them but can’t find them anywhere
 

Platylover

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AJE said:
Pea puffers, I have a tank all set up for them but can’t find them anywhere
Wetspot has them if your thinking about trying online.
 

AJE

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Platylover said:
Wetspot has them if your thinking about trying online.
There isn’t a mailing system down here
 

Platylover

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AJE said:
There isn’t a mailing system down here
Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot you are outside the US. Hope you can find them soon, they’re neat little guys!
 

AJE

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Platylover said:
Oh yeah, sorry, I forgot you are outside the US. Hope you can find them soon, they’re neat little guys!
Thanks. I’m still trying to find a place, I’ve contacted maybe a dozen fish stores and all they have a gsp and figure 8 puffers
 

Rylan

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Celestial Pearl Danios, Endlers, shrimp.
 

JettsPapa

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FinalFins said:
yoyo loach, panda loach, zebra plecos, mega clown plecos, L471, Orange Laser cories, adofoI cories, GBRs, Apisto mcmasteri, apisto panduro, Apisto regani,apisto gibbiceps, apisto borelli, Betta falx, betta macromasta, Discus, LepoldI angelfish, Hilltream loaches, Panda Garra, WCMM, glowlight danios, axeloderI rasboras, All of the fish in boraras genus, a colony of Parotocinclus jumbo, shellies, JardinI arowana, pea puffers, Amazon puffer, hairy puffer, barred pencilfish, golden pencilfish, gardinerI killifish, clown killis, golden wonder killies, pearl killies, celebes rainbowfish, praecox rainbowfish, threadfin rainbowfish, other small rainbowfish, high fin variatus platies, wrestling halfbeak, dwarf pike cichlid and many MANY other fish.

Look how this list has no tetras. Tetras suck.
It's your list, and you can put what you want on it, but what do you have against tetras?

And by the way, I said discus earlier. I'll add giant danios. That's a more realistic goal (though I haven't given up on discus).
 

MissPanda

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A boxfish. They're so darn cute! Or a snow alligator gar.
 

Bigwhite

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My short list

German blue rams
Blue acara
 
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RyanC14

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SM1199

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Thinking of large pond-type fish...
Dojo/weather loach
Pond-size shubunkin and comet goldfish

Thinking of tropicals (and a couple that aren't technically tropicals)...
Angelfish
Paradise fish
Breeding pair of BN plecos
All sorts of wild bettas!
All sorts of killifish!
White Cloud Mountain minnow
Some BEAUTIFUL underrated freshwater gobies

Now, thinking of the saltwater tank I definitely won't have for a LONG time...
Clownfish
Saltwater gobies
Saltwater shrimp
Cleaner shrimp
Beginner corals
Mandarin dragonet
 
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RyanC14

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My list part two (because I realized how many more I actually want to keep lol)
Florida flagfish, guppies, black skirt tetras, dwarf gourami, mystery snails, electric blue acara, vampire crab, electric blue or ivory crayfish, cardinal tetras, various us natives (orange spotted sunfish, rainbow darter, rainbow shiner, etc), micro rasboras, betta imbellis, discus, celestial pearl danio, apistogramma, cherry barbs, gardnerI killifish, koi, scarlet badis, thaI micro crab, mandarin goby and royal gramma
Ugh there are too many options
 

Kevin1962

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We learned about archerfish in 4th grade. That was 50 years ago and I still want an archer tank.
 

Awaken_Riceball_

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When I own a saltwater tank, I wanna keep a Japanese Dragon Eel. They are so expensive and cool at the same time.

When I get a much bigger freshwater tank, I want to own either a Vampire Tetra or Wolf Cichlid. The mean machine of fishes.

I also want to try out a large paludarium with archerfish and aquatic lizards. I think that will be so cool as well!
 

RuralGuppykeeper

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Salt & Pepper Cory Catfish, Endlers, and mebe Killifish or Banded Corydoras (Scleromystax barbatus).
 

AcuarioAmazonico

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I won’t do saltwater but if I did it would be a Jellyfish tank.
 

Dart

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A seahorse tank. And I don't do saltwater. LOL
 

bumblinBee

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jkkgron2

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Tiger oscars are my dream fish!
 

Feohw

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I have quite a few of my dream fish. Recently got another two that I've wanted for ages. What's left is a red oscar, bichir, golden nugget pleco, blue spotted jawfish, spotted congo puffer, Asian arowana, Brachyplatystoma tigrinum. Maybe some more I can't think of.
JettsPapa said:
It's your list, and you can put what you want on it, but what do you have against tetras?
I'm with him there. Only a few tetra I would consider at this point. Definitely regret getting neons. Lifeless, boring, flashy fish. Not my cup of tea. Rasbora are a bit better, but I prefer danios.
 

Cdcruiser

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Discus or a saltwater tank
 

EmmGood

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For saltwater; black and white clownfish pairs, and yellow tangs. The contrast between these two colours are amazing. And I've love to dabble in various frags. A boxfish would be cute but I'm horrified of the poison it has, haha.

For brackish; various gobies, and the big one would be a figure 8 pufferfish.

For freshwater; the big pufferfish like fahaka and mbu, angelfish, a dedicated tank of schooling x-ray tetras, oscars, goldfish and koI for aquaponics, swamp guppies... all the guppies, ever. :p And a ton of shrimps, from bloody mary neo's to sulawasi.

Oh, and a small octopus, hands down. A shame it has such a short lifespan, but from what I've read the keepers express for all the heartache of losing them, it was an irreplaceable experience that any fishkeeper ought to raise at least once in their lifetime.
 

KingJamal2

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RyanC14 said:
I personally want to keep honey gourami, pearl gourami, ram cichlids, hillstream loaches, rabbit snails, dwarf orange crayfish, tiger shrimp, bamboo shrimp, figure 8 puffer, angelfish, glowlight tetras, fancy goldfish, other cory species (other than panda and pygmy), rubberlip pleco, kuhlI loach, axolotl, the list goes on lol
Asian arowana. They’re kinda illegal in the US though.
 

Crispii

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KingJamal2 said:
Asian arowana. They’re kinda illegal in the US though.
Kinda illegal? They ARE illegal.
 

EmmGood

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Crispii said:
Kinda illegal? They ARE illegal.
Oh dang, I didn't know that. Up in Canada they're legal. :0
 

Crispii

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EmmGood said:
Oh dang, I didn't know that. Up in Canada they're legal. :0
In some countries it is illegal. United States is one of the countries where it is illegal to import/export AA.
 

KingJamal2

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Crispii said:
Kinda illegal? They ARE illegal.
I know, it was sarcasm.
 

jinjerJOSH22

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Crispii said:
In some countries it is illegal. United States is one of the countries where it is illegal to import/export AA.
Ha ha 100% Legal in the UK I can totally get one...... Wait How Big! How Much!!! :dead:
 

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