Tropical are freshwater fishies which need to be kept in warm water (as opposed to goldfish). Marine fish are saltwater fishies (e.g. Nemo - a clown fish) and are more difficult to keep because you have to make up the saltwater (and all sorts of other things)
Bradsmum - there is a campaign at the moment to stop people buying clownfish like Nemo as the increase in popularity since the film was released has seriously effected the population in the wild! So if you are going for a Nemo.... make sure it's a home grown one.
...again I emphasize.... bloody difficult to keep alive.
Not at all ionesmum! Toothache - I realise what you are saying about clown fish - was just using it as a well-known example. Would never consider keeping wild caught fish anyway. I go scuba diving a lot and would rather see them on the coral reefs. However, I would like a little piece of fish life in my living room ..
Bradsmum - I've never been scuba-diving, would love to.
I got the pleasure of studying the marine life around the Scottish coast..... dunno if I'd want any of those horrors in a tank in my living room though.... would remind me too much of my sister....
You're probably quite an expert then on habitats and stuff. What other fish species do you get for marine tanks that are relatively pleasing to the eye? I just can't see me ever getting rid of this monstrous godlfish!! It needs released into the wild I'm sure of it.... it's evil.... it kills other fish which is why its alone. Anyone want it? Er... he's lovely really.
Toothache - find a garden pond to stick it in (or discreetly take it to one of these stately home places with loads of ponds everywhere and casually slip it in...!). There are so many beautiful marine fish but it takes a lot of research to find ones that will be compatible and won't eat or p... off each other. Have been doing research on intranet but just wanted to pick up a few tips from a real live fish person who's not just trying to sell you loads of expensive kit to keep it! You must go scuba diving - you won't look back!
Bradsmum - I'm asthmatic and was told at Uni that I couldn't scuba dive! but surely if I don't go that deep and take a puff of my inhaler before I go down it should be okay??? I mean I've only ever had one bad asthma attack and that took at least a couple of hours to really kick in!
Hi Toothache - sorry to hear you're asthmatic. I think the reason you wouldn't be able to dive is the insurance requirements that dive centres have, even if you thought you were OK. plus you have to keep breathing when diving, you can't hold your breath.
Toothache - misread your comment about taking a puff of inhaler - I read it as taking a puff from mouthpiece on scuba gear i.e. thought you said you would be holding breath. (As I said, I have had a couple of glasses of the old vino tonight). My mistake! You should follow up at a local dive centre and see what they say about your asthma.