» Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog, Jenn | Comments Off on 5 Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Fish Lovers – Freshwater

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and we know how hard it is to shop for a hobbyist. To help you out, here are five great gift ideas for a freshwater fish keeper. For saltwater tanks, scroll down or click here.

 


#5: Kissing Gourami
– These baby-pink fish are flexible with their water hardness and temperature, meaning they can adapt to many different tanks. They use their kissing mouths to scrape algae from surfaces and to establish dominance in fights with other males. This fighting behavior is why you should never house two kissing gouramis in the same tank.


 

#4: Candy Cane Tetra
– This is a beautiful red and white schooling fish who loves dimly lit planted tanks. Floating plants and almond leaves (available whole or as an extract in store) will make them feel right at home. They are peaceful and will get along great with other peaceful fish like neon tetras or corydoras.


 

#3: Fancy Guppy
– Guppies are beautiful and hardy fish that could do well in tanks as small as five gallons. They’ll accept nearly any food from flake to live and will even pick at algae wafers. They come in as many colors as you can imagine and will breed easily in any tank with clean water. The best part? We sell them in pairs. Name them after yourself and your significant other.



#2: Betta
– Bettas are a great choice for people with not a lot of room for more fish or more tanks. Betta fish come in a huge range of shapes and colors and are possibly the easiest fish to care for, doing well in bowls and fantastically in 5 gallon tanks, especially with almond leaves and extracts. They develop their own personalities, often wiggling near the surface begging for food or lounging on a favorite leaf. And what’s not to love about their grumpy little faces?


 

#1: Gift Card
– Very often we’ll have a customer come in who wants to buy something nice for a hobbyist. We adore these customers. However, buying a fish to go into an already established tank is like doing a puzzle, and these customers often don’t know the other pieces. In these cases, the best thing you can do is buy a gift card. Your hobbyist might need something you’d never think to buy them, and you’ll be their hero if you can make that happen for them.



 

Marine Gifts

 


#5: Clownfish Pairs

– Clownfish will pair for life and are excellent parents, both taking turns to watch over their eggs. There are several species of clownfish and many color types of those species, so if you don’t like the “Nemo” look, don’t fret. Check out skunk clowns, tomato clowns, or black ice clowns. At Absolutely Fish, we have pre-mated pairs for sale so you don’t have to go through the sometimes stressful process of finding fish who like each other.


 

#4: Frags

– Does your special someone have a reef tank? Bring home a few frags. These are small pieces of coral that will grow into impressive specimens given enough time. Frags give you flexibility with placement and aren’t nearly as pricey as full-sized corals.


#3: Firefish

– Firefish are small fish suitable for just about any tank. They can be kept in tanks as small as 10 gallons and are completely reef safe. They are very active, darting around the tank, flicking their dorsal fins. Take home two, as they form pairs.



#2: Tank Set up

– You may already be familiar with MTS (Multiple Tank Syndrome). It plagues every hobbyist at some point in their life. Feeding this disease is a surefire way to win a hobbyist’s heart. We know that setting up a tank can be a lot of work and you may not give an empty tank as a gift, so we have a full nano reef set up ready to go, complete with fish and coral.


 #1: Gift Card

–  Very often we’ll have a customer come in who wants to buy something nice for a hobbyist. We adore these customers. However, buying a fish to go into an already established tank is like doing a puzzle, and these customers often don’t know the other pieces. In these cases, the best thing you can do is buy a gift card. Your hobbyist might need something you’d never think to buy them, and you’ll be their hero if you can make that happen.



 

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