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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2016, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Post How do you choose what goes in your tanks?

Hi all,

Up front: I know this is a general plant forum, so answers will largely bias towards planted tanks, but I'm trying to hit as many places as possible. Also, I'm sure people keep animals with their plants (I do!).

Iíve been in the aquarium hobby for 10 or so years and have been breeding freshwater shrimp for ~8 years. Iíve cared for both salt and fresh tanks from 5g to 180g. Now in graduate school at the University of Connecticut, Iím working on a project trying to understand buying habits/desires (aside from my own) of aquarium hobbyists to see where the trade is going.

If you have 3-5 minutes, would you answer the questions on my survey for some preliminary data?

Iíd be happy to answer any questions as well!
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I did the survey. Simple, but seems pretty thorough. I would have made an option so people could put in what they would like to see on the market. And in addition to buying fish based on color/activity level, many base their fish choices on behavior. Bettas, cichlids, and pufferfish in particular are known for having very interesting behavior.

Something that makes me a lot more likely to buy is seeing a clean, well-stocked store. If a store is full of fish that are obviously sick, I don't usually buy anything from there. Also, I'm frustrated by how stores sell fish that get huge, but have very few nano species. It's especially confusing because the same stores usually have tons of aquarium kits that are under 10g.

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Hey! I'm from Connecticut, too! UConn is a great university. What are you going for?
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