Buying aquarium need advice

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    I have been debating between getting a huge aquarium or a cat for quite some time and after months of consideration have decided to go with the many times more expensive and less useful option where everything going horribly wring is much more likely, the aquarium.

    The problem (well, the main problem anyway) is that II have no experience whatsoever in the purchase or care of fish outside of what I remember from a few guppies my family had in a small fishbowl as a child. Any advice or links to useful websites for such a project would be appreciated. If this topic garners interest from a number of users I'll even upload a few pics/video clips of the work in progress.
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    I dunno why you thought I had an aquarium though lol
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    You have the word water in your name...
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    I can't offer specific advice but my brother had one once. Be careful of the fish you're having cohabit the same space. He introduced a new fish once and suddenly he had two fewer fish the next morning.
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    Don’t over or under feed your fish. I’ve had little fish, and really there isn’t much needed to take care of them

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    "I can't offer specific advice"

    Goes on to immediately offer highly useful advice 
    Classic warren.
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    really there isn’t much needed to take care of them
    #1 reason I wanted fish or a cat instead of a dog or something lol.
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    Haha well I can't help with like what species not to put together or anything
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    Clean the tank often lol
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    So according to speeds link just about everything is toxic to fish. Good to know...
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    I just had a conversation about best breeds of certain animals... The best breed of fish is a Maine Coon. They don't even need an aquarium.
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    It's one of those hobbies where you get enthusiasts and then you get people who splash out a lot of dosh only to quickly loose interest. I would suggest you chat to some enthusiasts and decide if you're really one of them.....The good thing about cats is there's not a whole lot of water management involved....Nonetheless, keeping  animals needs to be a 100% commitment, so just don't go there on a whim.

    I have a dog, and I also a tortoise I found about 30 years ago.....Now, if you want an undemanding pet, look no further than a tortoise.
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    All good advice not just for pets but life in general. What kind of dog? if you don't mind me asking... My parents have two dogs (a bullmastiff and a bullmastiff/someotherbreed) and a turtle (very different from a tortoise but similar) and your post reminded me of them.
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    A Cairn Terrier, Jack Russell cross.....Yep a tortoise is less demanding than a turtle.....Had a cat until recently, but won't replace him, as I have now come to regard  cats as having a negative impact upon small mammal and songbird numbers.

    A word of advice gained through experience......Never use "spot on" flea or worm treatments on dogs or cats.
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    I have now come to regard  cats as having a negative impact upon small mammal and songbird numbers
    Had a few as a kid so I know what you mean, regular little serial killers they are. We also had a pond around back and I can assure you small amphibians had just as much to worry about as the mammals and birds =/

    A word of advice gained through experience......Never use "spot on" flea or worm treatments on dogs or cats.

    Can I ask why? Just doesn't work?
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    Daren't say too much as I might get sued. And for the record this is only a personal opinion based upon limited circumstantial evidence.

    But,  just research systemic pesticides and relate that to the high incidence of pancreas and liver tumors,  especially in dogs.

    Very few dogs seem to make it beyond 8-10 years anymore.
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    No but my mom got us a dog
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    I don't know much but my brother had a 55 gallon tank for years and years and I had a boyfriend who had several big tanks

    • start small- 10 gallon.  Even if you plan to go bigger you will need a good small tank for cleaning/fish separation etc
    • introduce fish one at a time with six week intervals
    • too much cleaning is as toxic as too little
    • stable tanks are  seldom flashy
    • flashy tanks are seldom stable
    • fish won't fight so much if they have different territories/ecosystems

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    No but my mom got us a dog
    Basically the same thing.
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    Lol
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    Some of that is stuff I never heard before/thought of. Thanks for the post.
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    my uncles digged themselves a koi pond at their old house an have big ass fish tanks in their new house

    best advice i could give is do research on the fish ur buying cuz they might eat eachother