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Aquarium £19.99 Thursday special Buy Aldi

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8y, 8m agoFound 8 years, 8 months ago
Simply add water and fish and youve got a dazzling fish display in no time.

15 litre hexagonal tank
Filtration system
Air pump
Non-return valve
15W light (bulb included)
1kg sea-washed Bridport gravel
Airstone
Bridge ornament
Fish food (enough for 1 fish for 6 months)
Aquarium plant
Handy hints leaflet
Available in: Blue, Silver, Black
Goldfish care

They need lots of light (leave the tank light on at least 8 hours a day)
Only feed them once a day/every 2 days
Make sure stones in the tank arent too small they can get stuck in the fishs throat
Change 35-40% of the water every week they create a lot of waste and use a lot of oxygen. Allow the water youre changing to stand overnight to release toxins (lead, chlorine)
As well as flakes and pellets, goldfish also like cooked peas, spinach, earthworms, cucumber, oranges and grapes






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#1
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh296/k9pip1/aquarium_Wk1326fish.jpg
#2
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Hamster Cage Starter Kit
each £14.99
#3
Bet I am not allowed one. Boyfriend says I have too many pets already!
#4
The size of the tank isn't even suitable for one small goldfish without being cruel. As a rule you should really have about double that size of tank for just one Goldfish so i'm going to have to vote this cold. :(
#5
Id prob say, that tank would "kindly" hold one fancy fish. They do not grow as big as gold fish.
#6
Fancy Goldfish need around 10G to live happy and healthy, Goldfish need 15G at least. Infact they are better suited to ponds. This would be a good tank for White Cloud Mountian Minnows, around 5 of them would be OK with frequent water changes. Or you could get a heater and use it for a Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta Splendin) which will be quite happy in a 15L tank :) It's also useful as a shrimp tank, Cherry Shrimp look lovely when they are in a group.
#7
Ive got the most lovely siamese fighter, Bright Blue with Red tips on end of each fin.
#8
Unfortunately some people will buy this without researching and shove 2 or 3 goldfish in there like the picture. We have a 40 Gallon tank for 3 Fancies, although there are only 2 in there at the moment as one is in a 30 L Emergency tank that we had to buy the other day as we felt our other emergency tank wasn't good enough. We are going to put a Siamese Fighter in the 30L tank at a later date though when it isn't being used as an emergency tank anymore.
#9
A few minnows in there would probably be OK. Like others have said, really not suitable for goldfish.
I feel so sorry for goldfish in small tanks (or worse, those small fishbowls).
It's a good deal, but I just hope people won't use them to put goldfish in them...
#10
pcnutta
Ive got the most lovely siamese fighter, Bright Blue with Red tips on end of each fin.


I also have one swimming around in my 20G tank, a lovely red with blue eyes :) Lovely fish, very curious and fun to watch nosing around the tank
#11
Maybe a single betta would be OK but you'd need to keep the tank around 28 degrees and you might be hard pressed finding a suitable heater for a 15 litre tank.
#13
Have to say that I am pleasantly surprised at the number of people who are concerned about the welfare of their fish - it speaks highly of your humanity!
#14
I never realised everything had changed, OH suggested a goldfish tank, I said, "yeah, why not, nice for the little un". However, on going to the shop they would not even sell me a goldfish until my tank, (which Im told now needs a running airator and filter?!?), had been running for at least a week!!! Virtually had to sign adoption papers the week after and pledge my undying devotion before they would let me out of the store with one!! Dont get me wrong, Im all for animal wellbeing but come on... we used to get these little blighters from the fair and shove em in a little bowl (yes, now I can see the case against this now), yet they would live for absolutely AGES!!!! (maybe just a weeny bit of the namby pamby nanny state we have become has filtered down to fish???).
#15
Haha, getting silly
#16
Anybody else think the hamster cage is to small too? I've had hamsters for years and when you first get one they're tiny and look like there's loads of room. Then they grow and the poor things have hardly any room. I would run around in a wheel if I had to stay in a tiny room all my life!
#17
I've been to some places and their tanks and cages for animals are tiny. I have two big cages for my bunnies, and every couple of days I take them out and their either run aroudn the shed or coem in doors and sprint around the lino in the kitchen all day to tire themselves out.

Having a small cage is fine for rabbits as long as you take them out and let them have a run around, because they don't always run about, infact often they're quite lazy. But it's not like you can take a goldfish out for a walk lol
#18
frakison
I never realised everything had changed, OH suggested a goldfish tank, I said, "yeah, why not, nice for the little un". However, on going to the shop they would not even sell me a goldfish until my tank, (which Im told now needs a running airator and filter?!?), had been running for at least a week!!! Virtually had to sign adoption papers the week after and pledge my undying devotion before they would let me out of the store with one!! Dont get me wrong, Im all for animal wellbeing but come on... we used to get these little blighters from the fair and shove em in a little bowl (yes, now I can see the case against this now), yet they would live for absolutely AGES!!!! (maybe just a weeny bit of the namby pamby nanny state we have become has filtered down to fish???).


We've learned over the years how to look after them better. A well kept goldfish should grow to over a foot in length and live for at least 25 years :?
#19
lol nicely said i had same problem with fish shopping lol
#20
My cousin has got goldfish that his wife bought him after they got married, that was 9 years ago!
#21
frakison
I never realised everything had changed, OH suggested a goldfish tank, I said, "yeah, why not, nice for the little un". However, on going to the shop they would not even sell me a goldfish until my tank, (which Im told now needs a running airator and filter?!?), had been running for at least a week!!! Virtually had to sign adoption papers the week after and pledge my undying devotion before they would let me out of the store with one!! Dont get me wrong, Im all for animal wellbeing but come on... we used to get these little blighters from the fair and shove em in a little bowl (yes, now I can see the case against this now), yet they would live for absolutely AGES!!!! (maybe just a weeny bit of the namby pamby nanny state we have become has filtered down to fish???).


A week lets the filter start kicking in and gives time for the water to clean. If you don't allow a week then the filter won't start working and your end up with ill/dead fish. Even though they may live in a tiny bowl its mean and unkind to your pet. If you do plan to keep your fish more then a week (if you haven't already killed them by not letting the water filter) then get something a bit bigger!
#22
Regardless of the animal it should be well looked after, whether it be a horse, dog, fish or whatever.
As it has been said, goldfish can live for about 25 years and grow to around a foot long.
Even if the fish you got from the fair lasted ages, how long is ages. A few weeks in a bowl is not ages.

If anyone is going to buy a fish, buy the biggest tank you can! And please do not crowd the tank full of nice fish.
Start with just a few and research them well. Find out how to care for them before buying them!
#23
When I was little we had a goldfish that went in a small tank - 10 liters or so :(
No gravel in the tank, no plants, no other fishies to keep it company, 2 cats spying it constantly.
We found it on the floor one morning, all dried up. God knows how long the poor thing had been there. We put it back in and it was still alive! It died a few weeks later though - he was 13! But I doubt he lived that long because he'd had a happy life... Maybe the jump was a suicide attempt and he probably cursed us for putting him back in again!
Glad times have changed and most pet shops now educate people on how to keep fish properly.
#24
Wow woow wwooooow Simba, if you read my post you would see that I DID leave it a week, I am not an evil fish killer ya know ;-)

All I was saying is that I dont think people, me included, realise how much is involved nowadays with mere goldfish, manly cos like I said, before you just went to the fair, paid your £1, got your goldfish and shoved it in a bowl which you emptied out and replaced when it started to stink (I was young!!). You may be pleased to know that both Freddie and Freda (3yr old named them!!) are in a big enough tank (as advised by Pets at home who seem to care about their stock) and are doing fine, however, as we seem to have a few experts logging on here can someone tell me why my water is so cloudy, you can hardly see them. We have cleaned the gravel, changed the filter and swapped 2x 1/3 of the water in 2 different weeks?!?!? Internet said that it may be due to biological stage kicking in so I have told OH to leave it alone, we've checked the PH and put in to stresszime but its showing no sign of clearing... any ideas????
1 Like #25
Unfortunately it takes more than a week to get the filters up to speed.
Why the new tank is cloudy is because the filters were changed. You never change filter media if you can help it (as in it is falling to bits or chemically/disease contaminated.) instead you rinse the filter in water from the tank. Changing the filter removes all the bacteria that are keeping your fish's wastes under control but if the shop told you that you wouldn't keep going in to buy filters.
Keep changing water , two buckets or 50% per day for the next month, (whichever is smaller.) and just add dechlorinator to the water you add.
http://www.tropicaltankforum.com will help you and your fish without ripping you off and will explain the cycling process that is happening in your tank.

In parts of Europe this 15 litre tank would not be allowed to be sold for fish.
#26
Thanks for that cydyum, I told her that its possible to kill them through kindness but another (IMHO shonky pet store nearer to us) told her to change the filter every 2 weeks!!!!! Going to get her to do as I suggested in the first place and let the tank settle itself.... if no change in a week or so Pets at Home have said that I can take a sample of the water and they will check it.

Given you +Rep for the advice, welcome to HUKD!!!!
#27
Oh well all this info explains why my fish never lived very long when I was a wee nipper. Never knew about the week long filtering process.

Have 2 bunnies now who live in a big 2 storey hutch. They get a run in garden most days and when I come home from work each lunchtime. They have an easy life :P
#28
I have this tank from last time around. It is not bad for the price BUT it scratches very very easy so be careful when cleaning it use a sponge . You will need a bit more gravel as they don't give you enough to cover the underground filter..
#29
If anybody is serious about keeping a good aquarium, do your research, visit a good local purely aquatic shop/centre for advice, definitely buy the largest tank you can afford (one for tropical/warm water species is a better bet, but you'll need to factor in the cost of the pump and heater being on 24/7), do not rush the set-up of the tank and start off with a couple of fish for a few weeks, while the tank bacteria starts to mature in the aquarium.
banned#30
frakison;1768451
Wow woow wwooooow Simba, if you read my post you would see that I DID leave it a week, I am not an evil fish killer ya know ;-)

All I was saying is that I dont think people, me included, realise how much is involved nowadays with mere goldfish, manly cos like I said, before you just went to the fair, paid your £1, got your goldfish and shoved it in a bowl which you emptied out and replaced when it started to stink (I was young!!). You may be pleased to know that both Freddie and Freda (3yr old named them!!) are in a big enough tank (as advised by Pets at home who seem to care about their stock) and are doing fine, however, as we seem to have a few experts logging on here can someone tell me why my water is so cloudy, you can hardly see them. We have cleaned the gravel, changed the filter and swapped 2x 1/3 of the water in 2 different weeks?!?!? Internet said that it may be due to biological stage kicking in so I have told OH to leave it alone, we've checked the PH and put in to stresszime but its showing no sign of clearing... any ideas????


Take a small sample of the water to pets at home and they will test it for you!
#31
Cycling your Aquarium or tank

For most Fish keepers whether new or experienced in the keeping of fish in
Aquariums this subject is of great importance. The maintaining of water
conditions so our pets can live a good and healthy life is required. The first
stage in any Aquarium is the setting up and maturing of the water. When the
Aquarium is first filled with water the water should be treated to remove
Chlorine and Chloramines. There are many products on sale for this purpose. With
the water treated hardy fish could be added in two to three days after setup of
the tank. If the water is not treated leave the tank to run for at least a week
so that these gases can naturally dissipate from the water.

Now we can start to cycle the tank..

1) The Fishless Cycle where Ammonia solution is added to start the cycle.

The main job of cycling a tank is to remove Ammonia and Nitrite from the tank.
These come from the waste products from fish, uneaten food and decomposing
plants. First Ammonia (NH3/NH4) is produced and changed to Nitrite (NO2) by
Nitrosomonas bacteria. The Nitrite is then changed in to Nitrate (NO3) by
Nitrobacter bacteria. Nitrates are generally a lot less harmful to the fish
and are quite safe if kept to levels of 20ppm or less. Of course different Fish
have different tolerance levels so remember to research any fish you may want to
stock..

Cycling your tank using Ammonia solution

Right the adding of ammonia solution to the tank. You build
the Ammonia levels to 5ppm over three days then added daily to keep the level at
5ppm. You will decide this by taking in to account the Strength of Ammonia and
size of tank. I usually count up the ml of Ammonia or for smaller tanks drops of
Ammonia over the three days to get two 5ppm then add half of this total every
day till the Nitrite level starts to show when tested. Then cut the Ammonia
level added in half again till both Ammonia and Nitrite levels test zero. This
can take any where between 10 days and 28 days and then your tank is cycled.
This is the same for cold water as it is for tropical tanks

Leaving your tank for just a week and then adding goldfish or whatever to the tank just means that you are adding fish to a poisonous soup full of ammonia and you will lose fish very soon after adding them because your tank isn't fully cycled yet, there just hasn't been enough time for the bacteria that break down the poisonous ammonia to breed and sustain a large enough colony to do the job..
Please please please be patient and you will be rewarded with healthy fish that will live long lives instead of just a few days..:thumbsup:

I hope this post helps someone out and stops a few goldfish from the torture of being suffocated to death in there own feces..Because thats effectively whats happening by just chucking them into a tank full of water that isn't cycled properly..
#32
frakison
Wow woow wwooooow Simba, if you read my post you would see that I DID leave it a week, I am not an evil fish killer ya know ;-)

All I was saying is that I dont think people, me included, realise how much is involved nowadays with mere goldfish, manly cos like I said, before you just went to the fair, paid your £1, got your goldfish and shoved it in a bowl which you emptied out and replaced when it started to stink (I was young!!). You may be pleased to know that both Freddie and Freda (3yr old named them!!) are in a big enough tank (as advised by Pets at home who seem to care about their stock) and are doing fine, however, as we seem to have a few experts logging on here can someone tell me why my water is so cloudy, you can hardly see them. We have cleaned the gravel, changed the filter and swapped 2x 1/3 of the water in 2 different weeks?!?!? Internet said that it may be due to biological stage kicking in so I have told OH to leave it alone, we've checked the PH and put in to stresszime but its showing no sign of clearing... any ideas????



Yes that is just a bacterial bloom which means your bacterial colony is multiplying and your tank is cycling, just leave everything alone and it will clear within a week..It means things are going well in your tank..

Won't be long until your tank is crystal clear again..:thumbsup:

Any probs you can pm me..
#33
Thanks crazylegs, will do that, your help is very much appreciated by both me and our fish.... looks like a pretty cruddy environment for them at the mo and OH is quite upset as shes trying to do her best by them. Will leave it a few days and pm you if problem persists if thats OK??

Cheers!!
#34
This tank will hold 1 goldfish and Cycling your Aquarium is a must or you fish will probably die.
#35
frakison
Thanks crazylegs, will do that, your help is very much appreciated by both me and our fish.... looks like a pretty cruddy environment for them at the mo and OH is quite upset as shes trying to do her best by them. Will leave it a few days and pm you if problem persists if thats OK??

Cheers!!


No problem your welcome to pm me for advice..:thumbsup:

Also when you say changed the filter what exactly did you change..
banned#36
Source: http://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php?pageid=cycle

Nice cut and paste job though crazylegs but you forgot to include "By Ken Thomson "aka" Kenliz".
[admin]#37
Deleting off topic posts... stop bickering please guys
#38
Listen Darktechno I pasted an article up on these forums from another forum to help some poor souls on here out and to save some fish from an early death..

Nowhere did I say I was the author of the article or that it was written by whoever..
That to me doesn't matter as most articles on the net are copied and pasted from site to site, that is the net! if you put information in the public domain then people will use it..
Who's to say that the info wasn't copied and pasted in the first instance on the site you refer too..

And for your information I didn't copy and paste the info from the site you mention anyway.:roll:
#39
This tank is plastic and thin at that. If you stick a heater in it the tank will go britle.

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