Do you research the fish that you want or do you just impulse buy?

United States
November 10, 2008 12:26am CST
How many people really research the fish before they buy them? Or are you one of the people that sees a fish in a tank and will buy then and put then in your tank without knowing if they will be compatible or not with the fish already in the tank? Having over 55 years experience in the aquarium hobby, I have researched many fish and pretty well know what fish will be compatible with what I have already.
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@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Fish - My pretty new betta male
Well, I have just bought my very first betta fish, and I did do research it. I don't have an aquarium, because I would never be able to afford that without asking my parents to buy it, and I wouldn't have a place to put it so they would probably never go for it. But I was thinking about having a fish, and a betta would be the easiest. They don't need a lot of space and they just need a few pellets a day, and room temperature water. So it was perfect.
• United States
21 Nov 08
Actually Bettas need more than that. They should have warmer water than just room temp unless your room is 78 to 80 degrees. And they should have at least 2 gallons but preferably more and they also should have a filter. You do not wish to change all of the water at one time but rather just a part once a week with fresh dechlorinated water of the same temp. The pet shops will tell you these things so that your Betta will not live long and they can get you to buy another one to replace it.
@Fishmomma (11504)
• United States
10 Nov 08
I always research any fish that might go in one of my fish tanks. There is no way I want to cause one fish to harm my other fish already in the tank. I prefer friendly fish that get along with each other.
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• United States
10 Nov 08
I mostly bought on impulse... but it has been pretty unproductive as the fish I have bought have eaten the fish I already had and liked a little more. I have now learned to at least ask the people at the store. I like to go to smaller self owned stores as the people there are more informed and interested than the average chain pet store.
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@pijul83 (42)
• Malaysia
19 Nov 08
A lot of research ! ....type of aquarium... size..saltwater or freshwater.... how many fishes.... etc...
• United States
21 Nov 08
Do you know what goldfish need to live healthy and long lives or are fish just a living decoration that is expendable? Goldfish need more than moat people think that they need and so most live short and suffering lives.Is this what you want your kids to grow up doing making animals suffer needlessly? I hope not.
• United States
21 Nov 08
Sorry I meant this comment to go to kellys3ps
@kellys3ps (3728)
• United States
21 Nov 08
We got our fish at a carnival - and then bought one other fish at the store for my son's birthday - they are all gold fish, so we really didn't worry about researching.
• United States
21 Nov 08
Do you know what goldfish need to live healthy and long lives or are fish just a living decoration that is expendable? Goldfish need more than moat people think that they need and so most live short and suffering lives.Is this what you want your kids to grow up doing making animals suffer needlessly? I hope not.
• United States
10 Nov 08
Honestly I have never researched any fish realated thing in my life. I mean a fish was just a thing that I got for a birthday present that lasts for a week. I could never get any fish of mine to last more that a month at most. But then again, I'm more of a dog person. The most I have ever done was buy a ten gallon tank with a self cleaner. I don't buy fish anymore, but I would only but goldfish if I was going to.