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Best aquarium option available on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by troika on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

What to do with fish that aren't getting along?

Three days ago, I got three opaline gouramis (Trichopodus trichopterus) for my 20 gallon long aquarium. The tank is planted and has been up and running since November or so, but the only other fauna are some hitchhiker snails that I decided to keep. The gouramis aren't getting along. What would be the best thing to do for them? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Koi pond maintenance

I have two questions about koi pond maintenance. 1) How do I know if the UV light in my filter is burned out, and 2) how do I not kill my fish? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

things to do in LA with an 11-month old?

my 11-month old son and i are tagging along on my husband's business trip to LA. staying in seal beach and looking for things to do! [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Do you remove a dying goldfish?

We have a dying goldfish. I'm certain he's dying. (ammonia spike in water, caught too late to save him, he's lying on his side gasping and has been sick for a couple of days). I've done water changes and gotten the ammonia and pH back into balance, but I want to know: should I remove the fish while he's still alive? I'm afraid he'll die overnight and start rotting, but I feel like (even more of) a murderer if I just take him out now.
posted by gaspode on Jan 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Re-booting our aquarium

Mr. brilliantine keeps a freshwater fish tank that I've also grown attached to over the years. Sadly we just lost Big Guy, his pleco. He thinks he got him around 1997, so he definitely had a good run but it's still another indicator that the tank is not as healthy as it has been in the past. We've got a few extra stubborn fish hanging on but we've also lost several over the past year. Please help us figure out how to fix this so we can have a flourishing tank again! [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Jan 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Best newbie fish for a ten gallon aquarium?

I have a ten gallon aquarium I am soon going to stock with fish and I am looking for advice on what to get. [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Oct 8, 2013 - 27 answers

Things. In my aquarium.

I checked on my aquarium today, only to discover a couple of little tiny shrimp-like things scooting around. I do not have shrimp. [more inside]
posted by avidreader on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

HELP! My boyfriend just came home with a pet turtle!

My boyfriend just came home with a pet turtle and it's in a really small hermit crab type plastic cage, no lamp, and a very small basking area. How soon do i need to get her a proper habitat? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jul 9, 2013 - 13 answers

Resources and advice for maintaining a koi pond?

Just moved into a house with a really nice koi pond. It has a waterfall, rock bridge...the works. But I have no idea how to do anything with it. I don't even seem to have the right language to search the web for detailed advice. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Jun 23, 2013 - 8 answers

An Aquarium without Electricity

I love fish. I don't like buying electric components and spending the money on electricity to maintain a fish tank. I am also slightly paranoid about mixing water with electricity. So I'd like advice/stories/speculation on setting up an aesthetically pleasing aquarium without using electricity at all. Realistically, I'll be living in an apartment, and looking for a 0.5 to 12 gallon aquarium, but I'm interested in stories of aquariums elsewhere and/or in other situations. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Feb 4, 2013 - 8 answers

fish tank care and feeding

My daughter (she's 3, so, really, her parents) received a 10 gallon fish tank for Christmas. I know nothing about fish. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jan 11, 2013 - 18 answers

What should I do to make my "aquarium stand" look nicer?

I'm in the process of setting up a planted aquarium and I'm trying to figure out what to do with the furniture it will be sitting on from an aesthetic standpoint. [more inside]
posted by xyzzy on Oct 2, 2012 - 7 answers

sleeping near the fishes.

Looking for an affordable, funky inn or B and B in Monterey so we can hit the aquarium first thing the next morning. [more inside]
posted by vrakatar on Aug 16, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for suggestions for a inexpensive beach-front hotel within 45 minutes of Boston.

Looking for a inexpensive hotel within easy walking distance of a beach that's also within a 30-45 minute metro trip to the Boston aquarium. [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Aug 5, 2012 - 10 answers

Here fishy, fishy, fishy

Please help me find the perfect Aquarium stand...or, really, just one that is functional and not hideous. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jul 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Minnows that eat mosquitoes.

I have a 2 gallon clear plastic fish tank. I just put a couple of water hyacinths in along with the tiny aquatic snails they harbored and a handful of compost for nutrients. I also want to add a few small fish that will feed on mosquitoes. What would be the best commonly-available species, or mix of species? This is all just for fun, by the way. I live new Atlanta, Georgia.
posted by gray17 on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Gold barb massacre.

So this afternoon I added ten gold barbs to my thirty gallon community tank and now (+8 hours) they are all dead. None of my other fish are predatory or aggressive, and certainly not enough so to take out ten new additions in eight hours, and my water chemistry seemed to be compatible. What happened? [more inside]
posted by mmcg on Apr 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Cure for pleco with cottony mouth fungus?

My plecostomus still has fungus after treatment. What to do next? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

That's a Long Swim for a Beta Fish

Beta Fish Question. My daughter just got a new Beta fish. The first in over a year since Swaba #3 died. My wife took the latest fish and put it a glass vase that is about 8 inches square and 2 feet high. He mostly sits on the bottom as beta fish seem to do. I told my wife that 2 feet is a long way to swim to eat and that he might require a gulp of air every once in a while. Does anyone here think that 2 feet is too far to swim for a beta and that his days are numbered, more so than usual, in his tower of glass.
posted by otto42 on Jan 30, 2012 - 20 answers

What sort of people supply specimens to aquariums?

I want to get specimens of some sea snails for my research into textile dyeing but I have no idea how to go about it. I presume that there must be people who specialise in getting specimens of fish and other sea creatures for aquariums, but how do I find someone like that?
posted by Joe in Australia on Nov 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Keeping my froggies warm for the winter...

How do I best heat my frog's tank? I have two African Dwarf Frogs and the temperature of their water is dropping too low. Their tank is too small for the heater they had in the pet store... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Nov 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Is tumble dryer water safe for fish?

Is water from a condenser tumble dryer safe to use in a fish tank? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jun 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Wheelchair-accessible hotspots in London?

My friend & housemate has a big birthday weekend planned (London, Thursday – Monday). There's an itinerary, filled with lots of amazing things (spa days, aquarium, shows, etc.), but in the event that some of these places aren't wheelchair accessible, we need some back up events planned. What are some great places to go/see/party in London that are definitely wheelchair accessible, relatively easy to get to, and would be able to host a party of 3-8 people at the last minute with minimal hassle all around? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Pervasive tetra fin rot?

What can I do about my tetras' chronic fin rot? [more inside]
posted by mmcg on Apr 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Favorite museum/garden/attraction visitor experience technology?

What is your favorite, can't miss museum, botanical garden, aquarium, zoo or other attraction that is using cool visitor experience technology? Bonus points if they're in Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles or Seattle. [more inside]
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. on Mar 14, 2011 - 15 answers

Good freshwater pet for kids.

What would be a good low maintenance freshwater fish that would thrive in a 2 gallon kids aquarium with a bubbler but no heater? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jan 6, 2011 - 17 answers

Best fish for beginner's 20 gallon tank

Best fish for beginner with no more than 20 gallons of space! [more inside]
posted by troublewithwolves on Dec 10, 2010 - 21 answers

Help me choose fish for my new tank!

What freshwater fish options do I have for a 5 gallon tank? [more inside]
posted by kro on Sep 3, 2010 - 15 answers

Good online source for aquarium fish, plants, and supplies?

What is the best online store in the US to buy aquarium fish, plants, and supplies from? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on May 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me get rid of my aquarium!

I'm moving apartments and I have an aquarium of fish I am growing to hate. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Mar 19, 2010 - 17 answers

Should I introduce another angel fish?

Fishtank filter: I have a 125 litre community tank with a mixture of tetras, catfish, zebra fish and one large angel. All the fish get on fine. I'd like to get another angel fish (a small one) - does anyone foresee this causing any problems? Would the original angel fish accept another one?
posted by mairuzu on Dec 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Is there such a thing as a silent pump for an indoor fountain?

Is there a silent pump for an indoor fountain? [more inside]
posted by x46 on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Do my fish need a change?

[AquariumFilter] I have a Magnum H.O.T. filter on a 29g freshwater tank and I am considering changing to a Penguin Emperor 400. Is this a wise move? Do I have to run them in parallel? (and another weird question about inhabitants) [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Sep 13, 2009 - 11 answers

He's Not Nemo, but we still want him alive

How do I set up this filtration system? It's an Aqua expert 600 filtration system for a 2.5 gallon mini-bow aquarium. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Jun 19, 2009 - 2 answers

Looking for crafty suggestions for a huge glass bottle

Looking for crafty suggestions for a big glass bottle [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jun 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Before the aquarium

I'm looking for quotations or citations about "the aquarium," from before it existed. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on May 3, 2009 - 3 answers

I want to work here

Is this real and, if so, where is it? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Mar 4, 2009 - 9 answers

One fish, two fish

I've finally equipped and decorated my new 55 gallon aquarium - and yet, I still don't know what kind of freshwater fish to populate it with. [more inside]
posted by Bakuun on Jan 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Aquarium Pump Cat Fountain Surprise

Er, I mean supplies. Need pump advice from someone who knows their fish tank equipment. [more inside]
posted by quarterframer on Jun 27, 2008 - 8 answers

Using multiple canister filters?

Is it possible to connect two external aquarium canister filters in the same closed loop? [more inside]
posted by BritishGas on Apr 30, 2008 - 2 answers

How does one care for fancy goldfish?

I just rescued a couple of fancy goldfish, and I could use some advice on how to properly care for them. Is it normal for them to rest on the bottom of the tank? How much should I feed them? [more inside]
posted by team lowkey on Apr 18, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I increase alkalinity in my freshwater aquarium on the cheap?

How do I add alkalinity (i.e., buffering capacity) to my 6 gal. freshwater aquarium using something cheap, like baking soda? [more inside]
posted by chinston on Feb 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Easiest pet fish?

I want to get a small aquarium. What are the types of fish that are the cheapest and easiest -- read: low maintenance -- to take care of in terms of feeding, changing the water, etc, but at the same time, are pretty to look at? Any additional advice on tanks/filters is welcome too.
posted by bondgirl53001 on Jan 23, 2008 - 23 answers

Heeere fishy fishy fishy

How long can our fish live in the plastic bag from the pet store? [more inside]
posted by chihiro on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 answers

How can I keep my carpet dry?

Water is seeping out of my aquarium onto my rug. Is there anything I can use to absorb the water? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Nov 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me start my first marine aquarium

I'm thinking of buying a used saltwater aquarium, with fish included. What am I getting myself into that I should be aware of? What should I read to prepare myself for routine maintenance? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 12, 2007 - 5 answers

Can I keep native fish?

What are the potential challenges of starting a native fish aquarium? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast on Oct 2, 2007 - 15 answers

What's the definitive resource for freshwater aquaria?

What is the most authoritative resource for finding the ideal water conditions and general care of freshwater aquarium fish? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Aug 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Help me eliminate frustrations involved in cleaning aquariums!

How do I make aquarium cleaning and water changes effortless? I'm interested in longer setups for each task that will make possible a graceful execution of the entire process. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Jul 31, 2007 - 17 answers

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