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Wow, That sucks, just for the tank O.O I'm expecting to pay about 500-700 for mine, but that would hopefully include a nice stand. Once I have a stable job and am doing well I also want to get a tank for lionfish, I'll need to have a good job though XD I have 4 years to improve my photography and impress the people who will hopefully hire me.
Lionfish? Saltwater right? We have a saltwater one at our LPS, I just love the look of him!


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Ahh kinda, Blues live up to 2-3years in great care. Bolivians (which I like more but can't find) are 3-5 years. Honestly, with my tropical tanks, anything over 5 years is a little much for me. I have to worry about my pleco, I don't want to worry about a bunch of fish 10 years down the road lol
Oh, that's much longer than what the fish breeds book said so that's good. Something about only a year or slightly more. I thought, wow, that's a really short lifespan!
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Ahh kinda, Blues live up to 2-3years in great care. Bolivians (which I like more but can't find) are 3-5 years. Honestly, with my tropical tanks, anything over 5 years is a little much for me. I have to worry about my pleco, I don't want to worry about a bunch of fish 10 years down the road lol
wow they really do have short life spans, I've had my cichlid Malina for 6 years, almost 7, and my pleco is 9 years old. Pleco's can live to be 15-25 with great care, and my cichlids should live to be around 15 years old

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Lionfish? Saltwater right? We have a saltwater one at our LPS, I just love the look of him!
Foster and Smith Aquatics have some great saltwater setups but they all cost over $1,000. They do come with everything you may ever need, filter, sump, refugium, lighting, and all that but still.
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wow they really do have short life spans, I've had my cichlid Malina for 6 years, almost 7, and my pleco is 9 years old. Pleco's can live to be 15-25 with great care, and my cichlids should live to be around 15 years old
That's a commitment all right, but they also develop so much personality and bond with you a lot during that long lifespan. It's no different than a dog or cat or, in the case of the pleco, a horse. A relative of mine had an old horse who finally passed away somewhere around the age of 35 so a 25 yr old pleco is comparable. And one of my cats passed away at 18 and another died at 16.
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Sorry guys, but if something is going to live over 10 years old, I want to be able to cuddle it at least once haha I have a dog, cat and a bearded dragon. I snuggle her so she's ok here! But fish? No. I'd be heartbroken if I had a fish for 15 years and lost it!! At least with 2-5 year fish, I hurt but I'm not devastated.

Although with the Cichlids... I may be getting into that eh? That's why I want my tank to be perfect and my main tank I guess. *insert foot here*


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Some big Oscars will roll over to have their belly rubbed. And they play with ping pong balls. Not quite cuddly but about as cuddly as a fish will ever get, ahaha!
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What does this mean? Every time I look at Riceball now, instead of running for the hills, he starts opening and closing his mouth really big at me. He looks like he's trying to communicate. Could he be an alien in betta form? Or has he finally learned to associate me with food even though he so far hasn't taken food from me but waits for me to drop it into the water first?
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LOL I think he has learned you=food

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I hope so. But it's kinda eerie because he really does look like he's trying to talk. Okay, time to lay off the fantasy and sci-fi for a while, my imagination is getting the better of me. I'm off to bed, going to Sausalito in the morning. G'night all!
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