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Most freshwater fish are not captured from the wild as far as I know, just salt water, like Ocean said. But watch out for fish that are dyed, as this happens a lot, and not only is it cruel but it can weaken the fish.

I don't think there's such a thing as a tank being too big. Most people put their fish in tanks that are too small. I had 2 goldfish in a 20 gallon once, since most people go by the 1 goldfish per 10 gallons rule, but I started to get people yelling at me for that, saying I should have 20 gallons per fish! Big tanks are also much easier to maintain, because the water conditions don't fluctuate as much. It's just harder to do water changes!

I'd recommend going to smaller pet stores or better yet, FISH stores, if you want fish that are treated well. Fish from stores like Pet Smart and Petco, and Pets at Home in Britain, aren't usually the best at caring for fish. I bought a sick fish from Pet Smart, and now unless it's an emergency, I don't buy ANYTHING from them.

I just did a search on fishprofiles.com, and here's the list of herbivorous fish I got: http://www.fishprofiles.com/profiles...on=&lifestyle=
 

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I want to get a fish too (I doubt I'll be allowed)

But still I was just wondaring would it be mean to just get one?

Like do you think it would get lonely?

But then what if I got two and the had fish babies?

Or if they fought?

Im thinking of goldfish....

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Sometimes the stores will actually put the word "painted" in the name of the fish. If you see any fish that's a really bright color and you don't know if it should be, do some quick research online before buying it. That's your best chance of avoiding dyed fish.

Danny, I know all about goldfish. (Well, I'm no Rick Hess or Erik Johnson... but the fact that I know those names says something lol.) Goldfish need at least 10 gallons per fish to stay healthy, some people say 20 or 30. Because of their shape and how their digestive system is set up, they produce a lot of waste, and any less than 10 gallons per fish will be harmful. Many people also recommend a filter that's recommended for a tank 2 times the size of yours. Goldfish are pretty good fish to start out with, they stay healthy a long time and you don't need a heater since they're cold water fish. The ideal setup in my opinion for a beginner who wants goldfish is a 29 or 30 gallon long tank, with 3 fancy goldfish or 2 common or comet goldfish (they get to be 12" sometimes, while most fancy gf stay around 6"-8").

Breeding probably wont be a problem, unless you want it to be. When the goldfish lay eggs and fertilize them, if you don't take them out, the fish will usually eat them within a few days before they have a chance to hatch.

If you want a fish that you can keep in a smaller container, bettas can do well in tanks as small as 2 gallons (many people keep them in smaller, but I wouldn't) by themselves, but they need meat products in their diet, and some people here probably don't feel comfortable feeding them that.
 
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