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Old 04.08.2009, 16:49
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My 8 year old daughter wants fish and I have agreed. Any advice on starter tank size, where to buy fish (Luzern hopefully) etc.
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Re: Fishy Advice

  • you want fresh water not salt water
  • you want the biggest tank you can manage as you have to clean it less
  • you want to let the water and plants settle before putting in fish
  • you want catfish to clean it
  • you don't want to overstock your tank
  • you will get algae
  • you do want "hardy" fish
  • ideally, have a trip to the different pet stores in your area and pick one where the people speak English and are prepared to spend time with you
  • avoid pet stores with snails and dead fish in their tanks
  • research, research, buy books, research
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Re: Fishy Advice

you want fresh water not salt water: Unless you fancy tropical fish

Acyually, I might get one. My dad had loads when i was a kid
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Re: Fishy Advice

Are the little fish in pet stores tropical fish?
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Re: Fishy Advice

Small fish do not equal tropical.

Its a totally different setup between fresh water and tropical fish.

http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Alternatives.htm

http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/marine.htm

Check out the link for the specific differences etc
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Old 04.08.2009, 18:46
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Re: Fishy Advice

I would recommend goldfish. They are not the hardiest of fish, but they are cheap to replace..

The fish will cost you up to about 5chf. The setup to manage the fish will cost more than 100.

the general rule of 'thumb' for tank size is '1 square foot surface area per inch of fish' so in a tank that is 30cmx30cmx60cm you can have two one inch length fish. Of course, if the fish grow, that might be a bit small!

So, definitely buy the biggest tank you can get. I recommend the perspex 'all in one' units but I haven't seen them here - at least, not anywhere near the price we have in Australia...

definitely start with cold water ("room temperature")...

Better to buy little fish and watch them grow (just make sure you don't overfeed them) than big ones...
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Re: Fishy Advice

My opinion is go with what you fancy. I prefer tropical fish. Just research your chosen option and you cant go wrong..much.

We just had "standard" size tanks that you normally see in aquariums. Never did the fish per foot thing but thats me. If you research you options and fish you shouldn't go far wrong
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Re: Fishy Advice

I have a fairly urgent request. My daughter's pet goldfish arrived here yesterday evening from the UK (alive. Amazing!). However when I went to the cupboard I discovered we had no "Tap safe" to de-chlorinate the water.
Is Swiss water chlorinated and do I need Tap safe, if so what is that called in German and does anyone know any petshops near Reinach, s of Basel.
Thank you.
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Re: Fishy Advice

Pour tap water into a large bucket and leave it for 24hours to let it dissipate. However, I would suggest you still need to check the pH of the water...

Alternatively some aquarium shops will sell the water 'ready to go' - an expensive way to get water, but maybe necessary if you can't manage.

Preserve the water you have already, and don't change more than 1/3 at a time, and make sure the water is the same temperature when you add it or you will give them heat/cold shock...


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