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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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Unusual aquatic pets?

While I'm not getting one anytime soon, I was wondering what kinds of unusual aquatic pets are out there that can be kept alone in a tank <55g. Reason being, I like the concept of having an aquatic "pet", not just countless fish, if that makes sense. To name a few examples, axolotl, ropefish, bichirs, even oscars? (these don't all fit the <55 gallon category obviously).

I'd love to find out more about these "smaller" aquarium monsters...strange fish work as well! Reading up and learning about these different types of creatures is just really interesting to me. Also, I realize this might not fit in the fish category, I just didn't know where else to put this.
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Iberian Newts are pretty awesome
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I used to keep African clawed frogs (not the dwarf species). They get to a nice size and were always fun to watch at feeding time.
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These are great - keep them coming!
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2012, 05:16 PM
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I think you'd have a lot of options if you didn't do a fully filled tank.

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Personally I see every one of my fish as a pet and I treat them the same as any, with extreme care and attentiveness. However I used to have a breeding pair of green terrors and those were amazing "wet pets" hand fed market shrimp and manure worms always came to top of tank or front if I was around, if I were you if you're considering terrors get festae'red terror' their name shouldn't scare you mine were peaceful with eAchother but they were also a bonded pair from juvie size, a single green terror makes a good wet pet and a 10-12 inch male can be seriously beautiful if taken care of properly
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I have also kept clawed frogs! I had 4 in a 40Gal. They live very long though, up to 20 years. You could try an african butterfly fish, pretty cool topwater predator. I can't think of anything else ATM.
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Try a pair of larger cichlids, like severums, angelfish, blue acaras, jewel cichlids, or t-bar cichlids.

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I have some acf's also but mexican water dragons are cool

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