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Resetting a goldfish tank

Hi everyone. This is a bit of a follow-up to my previous question. So our second and final goldfish died today (don't think this one was ammonia poisoning, was fine last night and belly up-dead this morning). I want to take this opportunity to set up the tank properly and do better by the next fishies, because we weren't very prepared for these ones a few months ago, and sort of learned on the fly. I have a few questions. (Lots of detail inside because I don't want to forget anything.) [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Feb 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Flat fish tank

Are flat fish tanks ok...for fish? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Dec 4, 2013 - 10 answers

How does one store amaebi and live scallops in a tank

I am having difficulty identifying sound information on the best practices for storing amaebi and live scallops. I can find plenty of information for non tank storage, but I would like information on PH, salt content, and temperature. Appreciation in advance.
posted by sourbrew on Jul 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Hitch hiking snails?

We have a fish tank (freshwater). We had two yellow apple snails, they died. Last weekend I found two large brown snails in a local lake. We added them to the tank. Now we have two large snails and at least 15 identically-sized small snails (just under half an inch or so in diameter). Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jun 29, 2013 - 11 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

human fishtank on a budget

For an art project I'm looking to build a transluscent human-sized fishtank-like container. How can I accomplish this without spending thousands of dollars? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

I'm not keeping a betta in this.

I have been given a tiny "fish tank". This one. What can I humanely keep in there? How much work would it be to keep it livable? I love the idea of having a creature or two at my desk, but realize there are some limits. [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds on Feb 19, 2012 - 25 answers

Do it In A Week (and a bit)

I'm going away for a week and a bit. Is there anything I can set up now that will done and ready to be enjoyed when I get back? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Mar 11, 2011 - 23 answers

How Green is My Water

We have a ten gallon tank and a goldfish, Monster Truck, the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair Monster Truck II the best replacement goldfish for the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair. We also have an impressive amount of algae. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 24, 2010 - 12 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

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

What are fishtank plant sculptures made of (and are they toxic)?

My wife bought this fishtank plant sculpture. One of the 'rocks' got chipped, leaving a big white spot (looks like plaster). Is it still safe to use? [more inside]
posted by johnstein on Oct 25, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I ensure my fish live long, happy lives?

What size tank and type of fish are best for a beginner with a ~20 tank size limit? I'd like something that isn't too time-consuming. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on May 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Help me take my tropical freshwater fish to the next level.

Help me take my tropical freshwater fish to the next level. [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel on Nov 26, 2007 - 10 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

Creative ideas for an empty fish tank?

I need some creative ideas with regards to what to do with our little aquarium? [more inside]
posted by catfood on Mar 6, 2006 - 14 answers

I need clever fish tank toys

Help me find really cool or clever fish tank accessories. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Feb 20, 2006 - 13 answers

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