So, we killed a dog, a cat and a rabbit...the dog and rabbit were accidents
decided perhaps we needed something a little easier to care for..
discussed an aquarium with hubby, yanno..a few goldfish, a snail or two, a couple bottom feeders..Just enough for the kids to enjoy.
Well, hubby does nothing cheap (except for me, that is)..
$400 later (and we already had the aquarium) we have a couple bottom feeders, a snail, a guppy or two, two neons, a beta my daughter demanded and several plants...oh, and the tadpole I wanted. We had alot more, but...well, killed them too (an albino frog, some swordtails, more guppies and neons).
On top of all this, we have enough chemicals to declare ourselves a nuclear test site. We went from having nitrates to having nitrites and now our ph is out the roof. Nothing we do lowers the ph. Hubby blames it on my tadpole <sigh> because it happened just after we added it and the plants. I refuse to take it out until it becomes a frog (there's a kid deep inside me). I know someone out there can tell me how to lower the ph. We tried adding the "ph down" chemicals..no luck. Then we tried baking soda...it just raised it off the scale. I'm about ready to add some hydrocloric acid (j/k)..
also, anyone with salt water aquariums?? Hubby's dying to do a salt water one, but those fish are sooooooo dang expensive..and well, we aren't real good with pets..lol
Jan 2, '03
It takes about a month for the bacteria to cycle and build up enough to offset the wastes of the fish...
til then, we just had a couple of mollies....
We now have a beautiful 55 gallon tank with a couple of angel fish, a pleco (that's about 6" long), corys, neons, rummy-noses, a loach, and a silver dollar....fresh water fish can be quite lovely and way cheaper than salt.
These links were a big help to us getting started:
we picked out our fish on the virutal fish tank to see how they'd get along:
(it's fun too
Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Jan 2, '03