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#1 carpcrazy2011

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 10:47 PM

Hi guys im a new member and was wondering if anyone has ever kept carp indoor in a tank and any tips?

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 11:38 PM

Hi guys im a new member and was wondering if anyone has ever kept carp indoor in a tank and any tips?

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:41 AM

Start with a smallish fish or two (3-5 inches or so) and it/they should stop growing when they reache the max size for your tank.

Don't bother with plants or much of anything other than coarse gravel, some stones/rocks, and possibly a chunk or two of wood.

Make sure you have good filtration including undergravel and some small fish to take care of cleaning up bits of food. If you go with any rocks, a coolie loach or two would be good as would a pleco to keep down the algae.
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Posted 16 February 2011 - 10:38 AM

Hi guys im a new member and was wondering if anyone has ever kept carp indoor in a tank and any tips?

we've bee doing it for a couple of hundred years they are called goldfish ;)
i wouldn't try it with F1 or leny types they certainly wouldn't enjoy the surroundings but "carp" if put in small enough would be fine ,chucking in a ten pound wild one would be cruel but a yearling fine
they dont enjoy too warm a room though as they cant seek cooler water in a tank ,my freshwater tanks had beer chillers to keep the temp low in high summer and in cold seawater tanks its far more important IMHO

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:51 AM

Only in the bath for a couple of days.....after that, best grilled or griddled!

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 12:54 AM

we've bee doing it for a couple of hundred years they are called goldfish ;)
i wouldn't try it with F1 or leny types they certainly wouldn't enjoy the surroundings but "carp" if put in small enough would be fine ,chucking in a ten pound wild one would be cruel but a yearling fine
they dont enjoy too warm a room though as they cant seek cooler water in a tank ,my freshwater tanks had beer chillers to keep the temp low in high summer and in cold seawater tanks its far more important IMHO

Spot on chesters. Keeping the water cool enough and dealing with any condensation produced by the setup will be your major challenges.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 10:59 AM

I used to keep Ghost Koi in a tank and they became so tame that they fed from my fingers.

I used to work nights and so always had a juicy Lobworm or too when I came home.

Filtration is important so buy the best you can.

Carp also seem to like Canadian Pondweed and this is also a good plant for removing pollutants from your water.
Be careful to only buy Lime free gravel and not to big.

If the Tank is well maintained then it is unlikely the fish will suffer disease.
Ensure that you neutralise chemicals from Tap water and when changing water change only 3/4.

If you notice problems you can treat the water with cooking salt, guides are available on the internet.
Do not use table salt.

Things to watch for:

Flicking and Rubbing.
Fin Rot.
Fungal growth.
Listless or laying on the bottom.
Rapid breathing.

Important not to overstock. I would only stock with a maximum of 3 fish.

All the best. ;) ;)

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 08:42 PM

Hmmm. I wouldn't feed my aquarium fish with lobworms. The fish might like them, but that is how you introduce parasites.

75% Water changes are a bit over the top, 25%-50% should be more than enough.

I'd avoid using any kind of salt other than that sold for marine aquaria if your your water needs a wee perk up.

Just my two bits worth. YMMV.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 11:07 AM

i remember as a kid cleaning out the class aquarium and grabbing a lob worm in a handful of gravel it was still alive and scared the bejeesus out of me

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:51 PM

i remember as a kid cleaning out the class aquarium and grabbing a lob worm in a handful of gravel it was still alive and scared the bejeesus out of me

I would have thought it would take more than a little worm to faze you chesters ;)

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