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By dEpPrEsSeDgIrL - / Wednesday 11 November 2009 11:28 / United States
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By  pogaf  |  12

There are no fish called "transparent fish". There are glass fish, which are not completely transparent and if you're seeing it with a bright orange tail, it was probably dyed. Either way, your father shouldn't be cleaning your fish tank by "dumping" it out, which would be stressful to the fish and harmful to the tank's bacteria colonies. He should have been using a siphon which, when used correctly in the gravel, will not suck up fish. YDI for probably making all this up. And BTW, for all who are arguing, there are hundreds of published books and reports that use the term "fishes" as a plural for "fish". It can indeed work both ways.

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By  mugglewump  |  6

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  thatguy5  |  6

You don't necessarily have to pick up the tank to get the water out. Her dad could have used a bucket or even used a tube to suck the water out. If the fish were in a bucket of water and the dad used a net to put them back in the tank, it's completely possible to overlook or not see a fish. -EDIT- I may have accidentily posted this under the wrong comment. It was directed at the arguement with feminist-something

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  Sun_Kissed18  |  6

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By  Ohhellnaw  |  5

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  feminist19  |  6

calling me a moron and you cant even get the gender of the op right, well done. MORON and her dad would have cleaned it because it needed cleaning and she didnt do it

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Both of you are not to bright to even realize this is a fake. Anyone who has ever owned a 20 gallon fish tank knows you cant pick it up to carry it out when it has water in it. With gravel, ornaments..ect. it probably weighs over 250lbs.

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  Jefe_fml  |  6

20 gallons of water=75.71liters=75.71kg=5.1875slugs=167pounds. That's the water weight. The tank itself plus gravel might put it at say 200pounds roughly. Of course someone rugged could lift 200lb, BUT this is a rather large object so lifting it would be hard to balance the moments, especially since the water is unstable.

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  erhyme3  |  6

You aren't supposed to empty out the tank completely, or clean it out too much. It kills the good bacteria and messes up the ammonia levels and what not. You really should use one of those "gravel vacuums". YDI for not knowing how to take care of your fish.

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  irbenson  |  6

That's a bad way to clean your fish tank Fish release ammonia as a waste product, and beneficial bacteria that grows everywhere in your tank convert the ammonia intro nitrite and then less harmful nitrate. Nitrate stays in your tank until you remove it by doing a water change. The problem with emptying the whole tank and cleaning it is that you're throwing away the beneficial bacteria. Also, changing 100% of the tank's water suddenly will stress the fish out. Water parameters such as temperature and pH will change suddenly. You should use a siphon(plastic tube) to empty 25-40% of the water in a bucket or the sink every 1-2 weeks, rather than throw away 100% of the tank water. Since you're adding less new water into the tank, the water parameters will not change as drastically. When you add water back into the tank, you should add water conditioner/dechlorinator. Tap water has chlorine and sometimes chloramines, which are designed to kill microorganisms in the water that we drink. They also kill the beneficial bacteria, so they need to be removed. Water conditioner like Prime(made by Seachem) costs about $5 for a 250ml bottle, which works for 2500 gallons of water. Might seem like a lot of work, but all you really need to do is 1.empty water into the bucket, 2.add new water, 3.add water conditioner immediately afterwards Fish can live a lot longer than people expect. Comet goldfish(the cheap $1 for 10 fish) can actually live for 35-50+ years and grow to 12" if cared for properly and given enough tank space. Most fish store employees don't know much about fish, while others will lie to you to get you to buy their stuff. If you want to know more about your specific fish, you can try visiting fish forums like aquariacentral.com or monsterfishkeepers.com :D

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  irbenson  |  6

A healthy tank should have 0ppm ammonia Water changes don't "mess up" ammonia levels, it's the lack of the beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia intro nitrite and then nitrate(nitrogen cycle).

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  AABatteries  |  6

You little... forget those two sites. Come on over to aquaticcommunity.com! We've got a great community full of helpful and friendly people. And... we've got cookies!

By  perdix  |  37

You're from Jersey -- it was no accident. Your fish saw too much and needed to be whacked. Your dad made sure that your fish are "sleeping with the fish." Fuggedaboudit.

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  KelMarCos  |  37

from a new yorker your comment is win!! and YDI for a. not knowing how to properly clean a tank (irbenson) is correct in posting how to do so. i've owned fish for almost 20 years and studied marine biology in college. b. if the "transparent" fish was your favorite then obviously your dad didn't know you even had him otherwise he would have been more careful to remove it.

By  pogaf  |  12

There are no fish called "transparent fish". There are glass fish, which are not completely transparent and if you're seeing it with a bright orange tail, it was probably dyed. Either way, your father shouldn't be cleaning your fish tank by "dumping" it out, which would be stressful to the fish and harmful to the tank's bacteria colonies. He should have been using a siphon which, when used correctly in the gravel, will not suck up fish. YDI for probably making all this up. And BTW, for all who are arguing, there are hundreds of published books and reports that use the term "fishes" as a plural for "fish". It can indeed work both ways.

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  HowlingFire  |  12

Maybe the person selling it to her called it a 'transparent' fish incorrectly, or her dad got it for her and called it that. My dad always dumped the water when I was little. _ _ _(°-°)_/

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