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How to Choose
A Home for Your Fish
This page discusses choosing a Fish Bowl, Aquarium, or Pond as a home for your fish. It is important to choose the appropriate home for fish.
If you've already decided on the fish you want to keep, then click here for advice on what kind of home your fish will need. This page will help you choose a home first then advise you on the appropriate fish for that home.
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Just below is a quick list of the four choices of a home for your fish. Farther down on the page are more details about each of these choices.
1. A Fish Bowl
is usually the simplest and least expensive home for fish, and fish bowls work well with a limited variety and limited number of fish.
Pet Fish Talk, an MP3 PodCast, is a weekly internet talk show about keeping pet fish, such as tropical fish and goldfish, in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. The shows were hosted by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, Click on this image for more information.  
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2. A Cool Water Aquarium
should have a good external filter to increase the life support system. This makes a Cool Water Aquarium more expensive and more complicated than a Fish Bowl, but a larger variety and larger number of fish can live in a Cool Water Aquarium, and yet it requires no more maintenance than a Fish Bowl.

3. A Warm Water Aquarium
has an aquarium heater and a thermometer, making it more expensive and more complicated than a Cool Water Aquarium. But there is a very large variety of beautiful and interesting Tropical Fish, that can only live in a Warm Water Aquarium.

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4. A Pond
can vary greatly in size and life support systems for the fish. There are just a few types of fish that are kept in most Ponds, but these types have a great variety of shapes and color patterns.
There is more information given below on this page about each of these four choices of a home for your fish.


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More Details

1. Fish Bowls
Fish Bowls are generally the smallest and least expensive home for fish. Most fish bowls do not have heaters so the water in the fish bowl is at room temperature, and most fish bowls do not have a filter or even bubbling air to increase the water's circulation.
So the life support system in a fish bowl is minimal and there are only a few kinds of fish and other animals that do well in fish bowls.
Goldfish do not do well in fish bowls. Even one small goldfish, if provided with adequate food and care, will soon grow too big for any fish bowl. Click here for more information about Fish Bowls.
One Male Betta or one Female Betta, plus three Ghost Shrimp, one Black Mystery Snail, and a few Live Plants will do well in a one-gallon fish bowl without any extra equipment. Click here for more information about Fish Bowl Kit, and click here for more about Good Fish for Fish Bowls.


2. Cool Water Aquariums
A Cool Water Aquarium is easier to keep than a Fish Bowl. Your Cool Water Aquarium should have an external power filter with a BIO-Wheel. Fish can live in an aquarium without gravel, without a cover, without a light, and without ornaments, but every aquarium should have a good external filter not just an air-stone or bubble-wand. Click here for more information about Cool Water Aquariums.
So the life support system in a Cool Water Aquarium is better and more expensive than in a Fish Bowl. Click here for more information about Cool Water Aquariums.
Fancy Fantail Goldfish, White Clouds, Crabs, Ghost Shrimp, Tadpoles, Mystery Snails, and Live Plants all do well in a cool water aquarium, and all can eat the same food such as TetraFin Flakes. Click here for more about good fish for Cool Water Aquariums.


3. Warm Water Aquariums
A Warm Water Aquarium is more expensive and requires more skill to maintain than a Cool Water Aquarium. The water is usually kept in the temperature range of 78 to 80 degrees F. by an aquarium heater which is adjusted by looking at a small thermometer kept in the aquarium. Click here for more information about Warm Water Aquariums.
The heater and thermometer add to the expense and complexity of the aquarium. The higher temperature makes things happen faster in a Warm Water Aquarium where the fish are usually more active, often more aggressive, and problems occur more frequently and progress faster. Click here for more information about Warm Water Aquariums.
It's easier to start with a fish bowl or a Cool Water Aquarium, then after you've gained some experience, graduate to the increased complexity of a Warm Water Aquarium.
The advantage of a Warm Water Aquarium is the greater variety of fish with increased color, odd shapes, and interesting behaviors. Click here for more information about good fish for Warm Water Aquariums.


4. Fish Ponds
Fish Ponds can vary from half an old whiskey barrel with a plastic liner to huge concrete structures. Click here to see pictures of my Pond in a barrel.

Very rarely do Ponds have a heater but some Ponds do have a filter or a pump with recirculating water that increases the number of fish the Pond can accommodate.
There are two good groups of fish for fish Ponds. The first group includes Pond Comets and Koi, the second group includes Fantails and other Fancy Goldfish.
These two groups are not compatible with each other because the fish in the first group swim faster and are more aggressive than fish in the second group.
Often the fish in the first group eat most of the food and nip the fins of the fish in the second group. Click here for more information about these two groups of Goldfish and some additional information about a third group.
for more information about Ponds and keeping fish in Ponds.

Click here to read Customer Comments and our Replies about Choosing a Home for Your Fish.
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 Best Selling Books 
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 About our Fish ...
Almost all the photographs and videos, shown on this web site, were taken by us of our fish in our aquariums.
Compare the healthy, beautiful, energetic fish in our beautiful aquariums to the fish in our competitors pictures. Their fish often look thin with clamped fins and poor color.
We buy the highest quality fish, produced by the best fish farms or caught by the best collectors of wild fish, then we take incredibly good care of our fish in our beautiful aquariums.
If you compare the pictures on this site to our competitors pictures, you can instantly see, our fish and aquariums are better!  ;^ }
Will the fish you get from us look like the fish in our pictures? No! This is similar to buying kittens and puppies that will change as they grow to become cats and dogs.
We stock and ship fish that are the ideal size to sell. Not so small that they will not do well when shipped. Yet not so big that they have become much more expensive.
The fish in almost all of our pictures were young fish like the ones we have for sale that we raised up, and you can too! 
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