180l new setup for a 9 year old

28 Oct 2016 09:30 #1 by Blue Land
Was in a friends house some 9 months ago and there was a brand new rio 180l tank for his 9 year old.

Recently asked him how was the tank going, and to my surprise he said its still sitting there because he said " I haven't a clue what to do" So he has asked me to set it up, which is no problem.

The issue is what fish in a community tank that would keep a 9 year old interested in the hobby. I was thinking along the lines of danios, cardinals and barbs, along with the usual cleanup crew.

Any views?

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28 Oct 2016 10:53 #2 by gunnered72
Fill it with about 50 male Guppies and Platties....
The colours will amaze a young person.....

You could do a couple of kewl rarer Plecos aswell....The sucking on the glass is always amusing...

Maybe add a big peaceful centrepiece showfish...There are lots of more peaceful ones that wont bother Guppies....Maybe a larger peaceful Cichlid or Gourami... A single smaller Angel might work or a Pearl Gourami....

Just remember if you do decide on Guppies avoid any fish with a Fin Nipping tendency....There beautiful tails will be destroyed otherwise....

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28 Oct 2016 13:47 #3 by Jonlate
I would 2nd guppies as well. There are so many different sorts are fairly cheap and alway active.
Great choice.

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28 Oct 2016 21:45 #4 by JohnH
Perhaps it might be worth considering looking at this from a slightly different perspective.
My suggestion would be to take the youngster to a well-stocked Fish Shop and let him/her look at available fish and let them pick - of course, some choices might be impractical, which is where some advice would be invaluable.
But, I think that if the child has made some personal input to the fish choices he (let's assume it's a boy for the minute) could become far more involved in the tank and its well-being into the future.
Remembering back to when I was a pre-teenager (long while ago, now) I was absolutely transfixed by the way livebearer-fry would (almost by magic) keep appearing. As has been suggested previously, Guppies were something of a favourite for me back then - but they were a lot stronger strains then, even though the huge-tailed ones were very expensive fish - never seen, but often talked about.
The hobby certainly has changed since then - sadly not always for the better. Livebearers from the Far-Eastern stewponds are abysmal in quality and life-expectancy, but I digress.

Anyway, as suggested at the beginning, it might be worth involving the youngster - the children of today are the Aquarists of tomorrow.
Just my thoughts.


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28 Oct 2016 22:01 #5 by robert
Totally agree with John , very important to let the young person have an imput into what goes into the tank both layout and fish wise , that way they are HIS fish and therefore he is more inclinded to look after and care for HIS fish . We need young blood in the hobby they are the future of it

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29 Oct 2016 12:29 #6 by PENEV10
My 11 year old loves Guppies. We don't have any but he has always been drawn to them.A couple of bn plecos to keep the glass cleaner and cut down on maintenance (the big bug bear for kids I find) would be good too.

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30 Oct 2016 00:44 #7 by paulv
I set up a 150l tank for my 9yr old daughter. Lots of male guppies and rosey barbs. She picked them out herself in the shop. Really enjoyed the experience.

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