anyone have an aquarium?

  1. well, I got the bright idea to go in w/ my inlaws to get my hubby an aquarium for his birthday. Actually it was a great idea and my husband (and cat) love it. However, we bought a few of these "painted glass" fish, you know the clear ones w/ neon stripes. well I noticed that one of them was getting picked on by a few of the other fish, like being bullied and getting its fins nipped at, so i transferred the poor little guy to a seperate bowl and within about an hour it was swimming upside down, definitely in distress. well, fishie is no more, I'm taking it back to the pet store tomorrow cause they have a 48 hr guarantee.

    Anyway, I did some research online about these fish and it turns out that they are not naturally colored that way, these poor fish have these dyes injected into them and they usually die in a few months. I am thinking of trying to get the store to replace all 3 of them since they are most certainly doomed.

    So to my question, what types of fish do you have in your aquariums? We now have 2 painted fish, 2 silver tipped tetras, a black molly and a yellow and black sword tail. Any recommendations on other fish to get? we have a 20 gallon tank so we can stand to add a few more fish.

    thanks for listening to me ramble.

  2. 17 Comments

  3. by   Rustyhammer
    They DYE the fish???
  4. by   angelac1978
    yes! from what I have read online (from several sources cause I thought it was just a rumor at first) but yes, dye is injected into the fish along their spine and also along their bellies. Sickening isn't it?


    btw, my cat is enjoying this thing more than my husband...
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we do salt so no painted glass fish here. it is sick and wrong what they do. i cannot approve.
  6. by   angelac1978
    believe me, had I known what they do to these fish I would never have gotten them. One of the other painted fish is starting to swim funny now, not able to stay upright, etc. I have a feeling we will be taking 3 dead fishies back to the store tomorrow...

    BTW, how do you like the salt water setup? this is the first aquarium for us, but I think once I can afford it, I want to get a salt water tank.

  7. by   LauraF, RN
    I have a 50 gallon tank. I have gourami's that have lived for 2 years, that is until my lovely son, thought they needed to be cleaned. So he put hand sanitizer in the tank and one of the gourami's went belly up. We have 3 zebra tetras that have lived one year so far. You also have to be careful because some of the fish don't "play fair". If you have agressive fish in the tank none of the ones like painted glass will live. BTW did have a painted glass fish live 1&1/2 years, color faded out of it. I am with you though after I found out what they do to those poor fish I would never get more, no matter how pretty they are. Also most places recommend that you not add more fish for about 2 weeks. Also a bottom feeder is a must. We had an albino cat, chinese aglae eater and a plecostamus. Those were all before our house caught fire. Just have a pleco now. BTW they do not count when you are figuring how many fish you can keep in your tank. Good luck. PM me if you have more questions. Have had fish on and off for 30 years.:uhoh21:

    That sure makes me sound old.
  8. by   P_RN
    My last betafish died a couple of weeks ago. I'd had him for about a year. So I decided no more aquarium for me. I got one of those 6 sided plastic tanks that holds about a gallon, has a bubbler and a fitted top and got 2 GOLDFISH! The gold one lived about a week then belly up, but Mr. Fish seems to be thriving. We had a goldfish that lived about 10 years he was just about pansized when he ascended to fishy heaven. (His name was Mulder)
  9. by   colleen10
    When I was in high school I was enthralled with aquariums and had a 10 gallon freshwater. I had lots of "Orandas" as they were my fav. but I also had an "Irridescent Shark".

    Some Orandas kind of look like Coi fish but more compact/scrunched up with big bulbous heads. They are sometimes called "Lion Heads". They also come in an assortment of really pretty colors.

    I had pretty good luck with all of my fish and they went on to live pretty nice, long, happy lives.

    I still remember all their names. I have also had $1.00 goldfish that have lived for years.
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Well, our salt is about 90 gallons and it rocks. we used to have a 37 gal freshwater but my husband wanted something more interesting. Yes, salt tanks take work setting up and you have to decide if you want coral, fish or both. if both, you must mix your fish and coral carefully as some fish EAT all your corals and ruin them. Our tank is vibrant and the centerpiece of our room. it sits in a beautiful oak frame and cabinet designed for it. The fish are doing well and the coral are as well. We learned a lot by trial and error and it is not cheap. But once set properly, they are actually very low-maintenance.

    Any more questions, let me know. My husband knows a LOT about fresh and salt aquarium-keeping and is a virtual book of information.
  11. by   H ynnoD
    Have Wife,Two Kids,Three Dogs,Two Cats ,Three Mice,and now a Baby Blue Jay.Don't think I could afford anymore mouths to feed.We've had Fish before,did'nt have much luck with them though.
  12. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Gourami's are bully fish and with the type of fishies you have, they would pick them to death (they are considered aggressive). We had neons, silver dollars, mollies, sword tails and zebras and a beta....I miss it and want to get another one soon. We had an elephant fish but he liked to jump way too much and he jumped out and dies in the night. Fancy gold fish were fun too. We also had angel fish as well.

    Your pet shop should be able to point out agressive fish so you can avoid mixing them with the docile fishie.
  13. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Originally posted by Donny H
    Have Wife,Two Kids,Three Dogs,Two Cats ,Three Mice,and now a Baby Blue Jay.Don't think I could afford anymore mouths to feed.We've had Fish before,did'nt have much luck with them though.
    Geeze Donny!!! Now I don't feel so alone in the world....2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 kids, 1 hubby and a (ssssshhhhhhh! please don't squeal on me) a baby racoon that the DH accidentally killed the momma and his 3 siblings.
  14. by   funnygirl_rn
    The elephant fish do like to bail! I also like the clown fish & the irradescent sharks as well...they really look neat when they are cruising around our slate & rock forts. Hubby also has some of you already know...they are fed with blood worms & live gold fish. We have 3 huge Oscars & they are in a very large tank....they look prehistoric looking...a bit ugly! Also, have a gigantic plycostumus (sp?) that keeps all the algea at bay.