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15 Litre Aquarium Starter Kit £19.99 @ Aldi

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6y, 9m agoFound 6 years, 9 months ago
I've been looking around at the online prices of aquariums in comparison, and this seems a really cheap deal.

Available in store on Monday.

EDIT : Found it at Argos priced at £29.99, so a nice £10 saving there. Better picture, too : http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/8706612.htm

Think I might get myself some goldfish :).

Any opinions on the quality?
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#1
Finding Nemo?
#2
Lakeside
Finding Nemo?


Just a little joke ;).
#3
I know, I like it lol
#4
Too small to be any good for any fish. Maybe OK for brine shrimp tho.
#5
Fish tanks need a lot of surface area to absorb oxygen. You couldn't put much in this and hope them to stay healthy. Go to a local pet shop for advice and save the disappointment of dead fish.
#6
A "prison" for fish.

Would you like to be held captive in a small room 24/7 in solitary confinement for the rest of your life?
#7
Lakeside
I know, I like it lol


Ah, ok :-D. You didn't use a smilie, so I thought you were maybe disapproving or puzzled by my rather inaccurate, jokey use of a tag. Couldn't resist :-D.
#8
Common Sense
A "prison" for fish.

Would you like to be held captive in a small room 24/7 in solitary confinement for the rest of your life?


Well I was thinking of 2 or 3 goldfish, so it wouldn't be solitary.

Ok, -44, think I'm on a fail on this. :-D

I ASSUME people are marking it down because they think it's too small and cruel, then, judging by the comments.

In a way I don't mind, because to be honest, although it seemed like a very good bargain to me (it is compared to the Argos price and the price of 30 litre tanks online), I wasn't sure of it's suitability, and was half after opinions.

15 litres is a little hard to judge without seeing it in real life, but it seems a lot bigger than the traditional goldfish bowl. But the consensus seems to be that it's a little small for it to be nice to the fish, which is fair enough. I'll probably give it a miss. But I note the starting size on the dedicated sites seems to be 30 litres, which is only twice the size. So if that's a prison cell, they're still only two prison cells in size.

Slightly worryingly, Argos are also selling a 10 litre one, if a 15 litre is cruel.
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Small tanks are a nightmare - you are better off going to your local pet store or aquarium supplies (privately owned ones will most likely give you better advice than the big supermarkets) and pricing up a slightly larger tank with all the proper equipment including a decent filter. A little sensible research can go a long way and make fish keeping so much simpler - unfortunately many people still think keeping them in a glass bowl is a good idea.

Goldfish are among the stinkiest fish you can keep, you'd be better off putting a heater in and going with some easy to keep community fish - again your local fish supplier will give you advice. They are pretty, huge variety, and just as easy to keep!

You'll get a far nicer effect with a more worthwhile tank that doesnt have to be unmanageable in size - there are so many to choose from.

After keeping various types of fish in various large tanks successfully, we tried a small tank in our sons bedroom with just some tropical Gorami etc and it failed miserably - the tank went back for a refund as it was pants!

Good luck....
#10
Haylhoo
Small tanks are a nightmare - you are better off going to your local pet store or aquarium supplies (privately owned ones will most likely give you better advice than the big supermarkets) and pricing up a slightly larger tank with all the proper equipment including a decent filter. A little sensible research can go a long way and make fish keeping so much simpler - unfortunately many people still think keeping them in a glass bowl is a good idea.

Goldfish are among the stinkiest fish you can keep, you'd be better off putting a heater in and going with some easy to keep community fish - again your local fish supplier will give you advice. They are pretty, huge variety, and just as easy to keep!

You'll get a far nicer effect with a more worthwhile tank that doesnt have to be unmanageable in size - there are so many to choose from.

After keeping various types of fish in various large tanks successfully, we tried a small tank in our sons bedroom with just some tropical Gorami etc and it failed miserably - the tank went back for a refund as it was pants!

Good luck....


Well I saw it as a smallish tank, not a bowl (which I knew were cruel), but I've been reading Wikipedia (which I'll assume is giving good advice, even if it does have a reputation for sometimes being inaccurate), and they're saying a goldfish should have 10 US gallons per fish, which works out as 37 litres :O.

So based on that, yes, it does seem grossly small even for 1 fish. Hey, I didn't know. I thought goldfish were an cheap and easy pet to keep. I hold my hands up and confess my ignorance, and I've been educated on the subject - which of course is a good thing, and will be giving the whole idea a miss. And I think Argos and Aldi should be selling these things, based on what I've learnt.

I don't know whether to pull this offer or to leave it up to educate other people.

Thanks for the tips and advice, guys.
#11
This is of no use for even a single goldfish. It may be doable for 2 mountain minnows but that's it and at a push. I have kept fish for yeeeeeeeeeeeeears from 25 litre tanks up to 160 gallon tanks, from standard community fish right up to Red Tailed Catifsh of 3 feet long, Arowanas, Tiger Shovelnose Catfish, African Knife Fish which got to 19" long, Giant Gourami, etc. These tiny things shouldn't be allowed to be sold for keeping fish in, saying that you could keep a few snails or some kind of shrimp in it or maybe 1 Betta. It's not worth £19.99 of anyone's money though.
#12
Thing is you will ALWAYS visit someone's house who has a tank similar to this, with one Goldfish (or similar) living in it that they have had for years - a lot of the time you cant see the fish for the algae on the glass lol.

They arent a good idea at all, and some people will find that out after wasting their money. But there is always the one who bought it as a fad (or won the fish at the fairground and had to buy a cheap tank to house it in) and they go on for years lol.

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