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Lalo J.

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I have friends who gave their children fish tanks at Christmas and they all did badly, they were a little surprised to learn that it's not only about throwing water and turning on the filter, all their fish have died, and I am sure that possibly in a short time those tanks will be empty.
 

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Those tanks will be empty, i can tell you.
 

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I have friends who gave their children fish tanks at Christmas and they all did badly, they were a little surprised to learn that it's not only about throwing water and turning on the filter, all their fish have died, and I am sure that possibly in a short time those tanks will be empty.
Giving an aquarium for a gift unless the person expresses a big interest for one is a mistake. Even the people giving the gift probably don't even know the work and time involved, and the end result is that it starts off with people thinking it's just a matter of adding water, adding fish, and sitting back to enjoy. When they find out the truth, the tank ends up collecting dust in the shed or in a yard sale.

I practically begged for an aquarium for my 15th birthday, but I was already learning as much as I could before I asked. That' the exception, though, not the rule.

WYite
 

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Bruce might be back, he was here yesterday :). It may take him some time to read & even get to the point of more questions.

I have given (used) tanks to nieces twice. I explained to my sister what to do but she didn't :( . Years later I gave a tank, shrimp & used filter media to a different niece. She had no problems & kept them for several years until she was a teen :) I think it depends on whether the giftee wants to try a tank like WYite vs a random (or parent's) idea of a novelty present.
 

Wyomingite

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Somehow I think that's the last we'll hear of Bruce.
I hope he didn't take everything as criticism and that he does comes back.

WYite
 
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Giving an aquarium for a gift unless the person expresses a big interest for one is a mistake. Even the people giving the gift probably don't even know the work and time involved, and the end result is that it starts off with people thinking it's just a matter of adding water, adding fish, and sitting back to enjoy. When they find out the truth, the tank ends up collecting dust in the shed or in a yard sale.

I practically begged for an aquarium for my 15th birthday, but I was already learning as much as I could before I asked. That' the exception, though, not the rule.

WYite
Agreed, even if it’s a gift for an experienced keeper it’s a bad idea unless it’s something that was specifically asked for. I had family offering to get me fish stuff for Xmas I emphatically said please don’t.
 
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Sprinkle

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So far he no back :/
 
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