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        04-30-2013, 10:55 PM
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    Growing up my Dad kept a tank and stocked it with whatever he wanted. There were angels and barbs in together. My Dads fish keeping skills sucked(sorry Dad). The angels get large and terratorial. Once the angels are mature I doubt the barbs will mess with them. That size tank is good to allow the angels to have a territory and the barbs still have room to with out having to mix much. The issue will be getting the angels big enough to survive the barbs, because once the angels are mature they will harrass any new fish you put in. The only other option is to let the angels mature then redecorate the tank and really move some things around to screw up their sense of territory then add the barbs. Depending on the size of the angels you buy this could take a year or less before you could ad barbs.
    Look at Dr Fosters & Smith for ordering fish online. My friend just got an order in from them.
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        04-30-2013, 10:55 PM
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    You aren't stuck with the crappy selection at the box stores. Actually I rarely buy from them. There's a whole nother world of fish out there on the web. I've bought from private collectors and breeders, as well as online.
    As for my favorite online stock suppliers, I like live aquaria and the fish place. I've gotten F0 and F1 from both. Salt and freshwater.
    There's so many more options in species going that way. And buying F0 is my favorite thing to do!
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    Generally I can't afford the shipping to buy online. I've looked into it, but it's just not cost effective, especially in Arizona. I had a friend that sent me some fish and plants as a RAOK and they had to sit on my porch (in the shade) for a couple of hours before I got home. I came home to dead fish and almost dead plants.

    My only other viable option is to drive down Phoenix (two hours away) and bring home what I want in an ice chest (easier to temperature control and keep them from rolling around). Not totally a bad idea, as it'd give me a chance to visit my sister...plus I went to school with someone who owns a small fish store down there. Hrm.
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        04-30-2013, 11:03 PM
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    Growing up my Dad kept a tank and stocked it with whatever he wanted. There were angels and barbs in together. My Dads fish keeping skills sucked(sorry Dad). The angels get large and terratorial. Once the angels are mature I doubt the barbs will mess with them. That size tank is good to allow the angels to have a territory and the barbs still have room to with out having to mix much. The issue will be getting the angels big enough to survive the barbs, because once the angels are mature they will harrass any new fish you put in. The only other option is to let the angels mature then redecorate the tank and really move some things around to screw up their sense of territory then add the barbs. Depending on the size of the angels you buy this could take a year or less before you could ad barbs.
    Look at Dr Fosters & Smith for ordering fish online. My friend just got an order in from them.
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    This tank is also going to be my growing tank for plants for my clients' tanks. I'm working on starting up an aquarium design and maintenance business and I'd like to have plants "stockpiled" so that I don't have to buy them every time I start up a new tank. So, it'll be "redecorated" quite often.

    I've never actually kept a (breeding) pair of angels. I had an adult male (started out as a little 2" guy and grew to 6" long and 10" tall) who was an amazing fish. I also had a small pair after Caius, my big male, died, but my tank had a meltdown (my heater broke in winter while I was away from home for a couple of days and the whole tank succumbed to ich before I got home) and they died before they actually were old enough to pair off and mate.
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        04-30-2013, 11:22 PM
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    I've found shipping to be within reason. And when done properly, I feel it very fair.

    My last F0 purchase cost me slightly less then 20% of the actually cost of the fish. And it arrived healthy and grew to a amazing adult.

    I totally understand if you don't wanna get hardcore, but if you'd like to have that jaw dropping tank, you can.
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        04-30-2013, 11:33 PM
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    Foal
    My friend "minimized"shipping by advertising on craigalist and found someone whom fish and ordering enough fish to get free shipping. She has a horse trough stocked full of goldfish she is selling as well. She ordered about 25 asst angels and they came in about the size of a quarter. She has been trying to breed for the last two years. She sold her old pairs to a local petshop. She only has a 50g.
    I have a 39g and had to give mine away as they matured. They never paired so must have been all males and the dominant one harrassed the other two until I got rid of them. Then he harrassed all the other tankmates so I gave him away too.
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        04-30-2013, 11:41 PM
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    Foal
    I have driven an hour away to a little petshop just because they have an amazing selection of fish you never see in places like Petco. I have to transport them from cool Colorado back down into hot New Mexico. The owner even special ordered in my Black Orchid Betta. Ordering one fish at a time online is very expensive. I like cheaper it means I can buy more. I am hoping to go to a larger aquarium since I do like Rainbows and would like a small school of them.
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