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which do you prefer:dwarfs(3" or less) or monsters(12"+)?

Poll ended at Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:10 pm

both
10
24%
dwarfs
18
43%
giants
14
33%
 
Total votes : 42

dwarfs or monsters?

Postby LORDAQUATIC1 » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:10 pm

i have always been a fan of big beautiful fish. and predatorial fish. what about you?
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Postby Cich of it all » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:24 pm

I agrees. I like the biggen's.
Actually, most of my favorites are somewhere between these two options (between 3" and 12"). There aren't any fish under 3" (at adult size) that I really care enough about to actually keep.
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Postby Deezil » Tue Aug 21, 2007 8:23 pm

I like the ones you can see sittin across the room.. Biggun's all the way! :D
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Postby big-o » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:11 am

i too like the big ones all my fish are between 6 @ 12 inches
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Postby Terra Incognita » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:20 am

Dwarfs, definately. While the idea of a single Dovii banging the glass on a 240g is definately appealing, I think a 240 would look much nicer with a large shoal of Cardinals or Rummynose, with ram pairs defending territory and some Angels lurking overhead weaving in and out of plants. Call me a fish romantic, I dare ya! :lol:
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Postby justflow1983 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:48 am

Yea I'm with Terra. For me, a fish tank isn't so much about a pet as it is about a kind of "living painting." My dog and my parrot are more interactive pets, I can even talk to one of them. Dwarfs give me the ability to set up a tank like a window into another world, with a community of fish interacting with each other. Doesn't mean I don't like aggression though, gotta have some activity! If I had a 10,000 gallon tank, then I'd much prefer to do that with giants.... but in the meantime, a dwarf tank just has far more interesting behaviors to me.
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Postby Sierra255 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:04 pm

I care more about having interesting fish, be it their colors, patterns or even personality, rather than the size of them. One of my many dream tanks is a large, heavily planted aquarium with a lot of tetras, and some less aggressive dwarf cichlids to round it out. Just the visual appeal due to the differences in color and the shoals of tetras moving around is very appealing to me.

On the flip side, I currently own an adult male Jack Dempsey (10"+) that is just great. He has a lot of personality and tons of color. He's very appealing, but in a slightly different way than what I mentioned above.
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Postby BlackShark11k » Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:33 pm

Preadators for me too. Especially arowanas, catfish and stingrays(and cichlids too :P ). Very magnificant fish. I just love to watch them gulp up smaller fish.

However, seeing a 120 gallon tank with schools of cardinals and neons and colorful discus hovering overhead is a very cool site.
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Postby Ron » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:41 pm

I prefer small ecosystems over one large glass box with a big fish. 8)
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Postby Toby_H » Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:01 pm

I've kept big Cichlids for more than half my life but a few years ago someone set me home from a local fish club gathering with a bag full of Apistos. The initial intension was to feed them to my bigger fish. I ended up liking them so much I converted a 125 gal tank into an Apisto Colony tank. It was one of my favorite tanks to date, even though it was recently converted again (to accommodate more big fish!!!)
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Postby Cich of it all » Fri Aug 24, 2007 9:55 am

Well here's a drawback to keeping bigger fish: The bigger they are the less you have, so you tend to get more attached. When one dies, it is more like losing a pet than losing one of several dozen dwarves. I just lost my biggest peacock and it sucks. :(
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Postby Toby_H » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:06 pm

better to have loved and lost... than to have never loved at all...
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Postby chapman76 » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:07 pm

I voted for both, but I haven't had the chance to keep any larger ones yet. I've bred Apistogramma for years and I love a lot of the dwarf mbuna. A lot of my dream fish get far larger than 12" (trimac, synspilum, rostratus, c. caeruleus).
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Postby iceblue » Fri Aug 24, 2007 12:46 pm

Nothing for us who are somewhere in between? :(
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Postby canadiancichlidfan » Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:24 pm

I Love both. :D :D :D
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