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Old 11-26-2017, 04:27 PM
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My 5 yo (soon to be 6) son wants an aquarium for Christmas. Iíve never had one so I donít know much about them. Iím hoping to keep cost low, maybe $100 - $150 for the tank, aerator, rocks and what not so that all we then have to do is buy the fish and put them in. Santa will put this equipment under his tree.

Any advice from the brain trust? Freshwater vs saltwater? What size tank should we be looking for? Specific equipment recommendations? Brand recommendations, or where to buy? Specific types of fish we should look at? How is the maintenance on these things?

Thanks for any help.
Old 11-26-2017, 04:40 PM
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We thought about this for our 5 yo and after discussing decided we better wait. Pet smart has a beginner kit that has everything to get started. I would stick with freshwater if you do saltwater is a lot more to maintain. Maybe a simple betta fish and small tank would work instead.
Old 11-26-2017, 04:58 PM
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Start fresh. Fluval has some very nice "all in one" kits like the spec v. Low cost and works well as a starter 5 gal.
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Go Beta fish first!!

I tried many different setups for my kids over the years, but they couldn't really do much with all the upkeep and details of what kind of fish, what size, temperature, Ph, blah, blah...long story short , they lost interest.

With my youngest, we went with a simple Beta fish and tank.
She can handle everything with the day to day, just needs minor assistance with weekly(ish) full cleaning. She has done so well with the first one, that she recently upgraded to a divided tank and her second Beta. (Kraken and Loki).

She does everything and enjoys having them in her room. She even convinced us to let her get a guinea pig based on her performance with the Betas. Now she has a guinea pig and that has gone very well.

I guess the real question is.."how much do YOU want to do?"
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Start with freshwater. Saltwater is a whole different game. $$$$$$$
Old 11-26-2017, 05:07 PM
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Default saltwater tanks...easy peasy..

WWW.TBSALTWATER.COM

http://tbsaltwater.com/testimonials/index.html

saltwater is easy.....these days....
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Freshwater small one to start. Saltwater is neat but a lot more attention required.
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Get her a 5 gallon tank, set up for freshwater. Get a male and female guppy. Before you know it, you'll have lots of guppies.
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Originally Posted by Gatorinthenoog View Post
My 5 yo (soon to be 6) son wants an aquarium for Christmas. Iíve never had one so I donít know much about them. Iím hoping to keep cost low, maybe $100 - $150 for the tank, aerator, rocks and what not so that all we then have to do is buy the fish and put them in. Santa will put this equipment under his tree.

Any advice from the brain trust? Freshwater vs saltwater? What size tank should we be looking for? Specific equipment recommendations? Brand recommendations, or where to buy? Specific types of fish we should look at? How is the maintenance on these things?

Thanks for any help.
You could come to my house, catch the few Tetras that live in the 55 gallon tank and bag em. I'll help you siphon off the 55 gallons of H2O and load the tank, cabinet, LED lights, badassed Fluval 406 Filter, Heater, Pumps, extra filtration media and all other fish tank accessories into your vehicle.

Thinking a case of Peroni, Heineken or Stella would be a nice gesture on your part.

All told probably $500+ worth of kit all in working condition, all yours for a case of midgrade beer.

I guess "used"'is not so great under the Christmas Tree but there are so many of us out there who have lost interest in aquariums, I would imagine the deals on Craig's List are epic.

I saw another poster mention "Fluval" they make absolutely fantastic filters. Not the cheapest way to go but they work so well and are so easy to service, they are worth every $.
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A 5 year old will get every bit as much enjoyment out of a 5 gal tank as they would from a 50 gal setup. 5 gallon freshwater. Guppies are colorful, prolific, and reasonably hardy. Add a small cat or plecostomus for her birthday. A beta is another good choice - one, not two - if you have a light on top, at night in a darkened room the beta will fight with its reflection and put on quite a show.
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I have to say one of the best gifts I received as a kid was a 20 gal aquarium. Be prepared to guide your kid(s) as to proper care and whatnot. It's a great lesson in taking care of things.
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All solid advice above. One thing to note with fresh water is not to use untreated tap. Pet smart or whoever could point you in the right direction for chemicals
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$50at Walmart. 20 gal. Comes with everything. Forget saltwater. Easy is BS. Wait till you lose power and youíve got $500 floating on the surface
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Freshwater to start and no larger than a 10 gallon tank - 5 gallons is perfect for that age. I found my salt tanks to be far easier to manage than the tropicals - way, way less disease.
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Thanks for all the advice. Seems the majority recommend a small freshwater to start...I think I will go that route.

To the poster above that offered his 55 gallon tank, that seems a generous offer, but more than I am willing to take on right now.

Thanks again
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20 gallon long...stay fresh...i have one and had one for the last 25 years.
Keep it simple.
Petco has good stuff and staff..or check out local
Never buy fish the day they arrive...wait 3-4 days

Have fun!!!

Oh...it can turn into an addiction believe me...my brother went up to a 300 gallon salt tank..fish averaged $150 each
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I agree to keep it small, cheap, and freshwater. But also know that the larger the tank, the easier it is to keep clean and better chance the fish live. 5 gal tank with a single beta is fine, but go with 20+ if you want to have a few fish.
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I agree to keep it small, cheap, and freshwater. But also know that the larger the tank, the easier it is to keep clean and better chance the fish live. 5 gal tank with a single beta is fine, but go with 20+ if you want to have a few fish.
Fluval Filter it's like having the Gulf Stream running through your tank. Game changer in keeping any sized tank clean. I realize I soumd like a total kool aid drinker but they really do work that well....
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Going to agree on the freshwater route


Get a 10 or 20 gallon starter tank kit and put some goldfish in it. Goldfish are cheap, hardy and there are so many different variations in color and patterns available


Plastic plants, gravel and the only concern you have is proper filtration and water changes
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

You can do salt or fresh with this. I don't have this one, but I'm likely to be buying this for my daughter for Christmas. Haven't made the decision on fresh or salt, not sure what I want to do.

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