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Birds and Fish Tank in the same room?

I've put a fish tank on layby recently and have been thinking of setting it up as a saltwater/marine tank because I'd really like to get a pair of clownfish it wont be up and running for atleast a couple of months because I'm still buying all the equipment, paying of the tank and doing lots of research plus I want to have all the birds homed in the aviary first so the workload will be a bit easier. Anyway I was wondering if it would be safe to have in my bedroom with the lorikeets and tiels as I'm assuming the saltwater will have a smell to it and am not sure if it's bad for the birds in a small room, all filters and test kits will be in the stand so the birds can't get to them and the tank has a lid but mainly during cleaning and water changes I'm guessing might be the problem, I've never had a marine tank before so I'm not sure.

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I have 4 aquariums (40-50 gal ea), 1 turtle, 1 lizard and the 6 parrots. I haven't had any problems, all of my aquariums have closed hoods that cover the lights/filters. So long as you are careful about washing your hands and making sure that you don't use any of the same cleaning items between the birds and your aquatics you should be fine.
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I agree with the above post. I think it's fine providing that they can't get in there

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Thanks guys, that makes me feel better I'm really looking forward to when I have everything to set up, I'm so inpatient.

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I'm really wanting some new aquariums at the moment myself. I think salt water would be a bit too high maintenance for me but some new fresh water ones would be awesome The only fish I have at the moment are a sail fin plec and an albino common plec who are living with my African clawed frog. I had a sick fish that killed off my entire aquarium before, which I was keeping tiger barb, clown loaches, zebra danio, leopard danio, koi angels and black veil angels in. I will probably start up again in the near future keeping a lone betta in a nice little set up (not a bowl or tub or anything). I've seen some cool little ones for about £50-£100

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You probably know alot more about fish than I do I've only ever had goldfish and betta before years ago and I always wanted to get into tropicals I find watching them is really relaxing. I was deciding between freshwater with some mollies or marine with clownfish, all the reading I've been doing is driving me crazy, I had no idea there were so many different filters now and I only understand it better after getting the saltwater aquariums for dummies book

Who knows I might change my mind and go mollies but I'm still buying for marine since it's my goal.

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The for dummies books are the best! I was looking into getting the aquarium books too, I don't want to make any mistakes this time around. You could always have two tanks...

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Yeh the books are great and pretty much have everything in them, I also got the parrots for dummies book ages ago I wish I could, I have to rearrange the birds cages just to fit this one in. But I'm working on convincing my mum to get a tank, I think she's softening to the idea

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My hubby had a 100 gal. saltwater reef tank including clownfish. With a hood for the lights it will be no problem with the birds. Unless you let them fly in the same area. The hoods for fish tanks are open in the back, a danger birds could fall in the tank or come in contact with the hot lights. We covered the back of the hood with screen material, to still let the heat out. After almost 2 decades he took down the tank because it's a lot of work to maintain the quality of life in saltwater. That said I loved when ever he opened the hood to feed or care for the fish the smell made me feel like I was close to the ocean which is so dear to me. And I miss the whole experience, so have fun!

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You probably know alot more about fish than I do I've only ever had goldfish and betta before years ago and I always wanted to get into tropicals I find watching them is really relaxing. I was deciding between freshwater with some mollies or marine with clownfish, all the reading I've been doing is driving me crazy, I had no idea there were so many different filters now and I only understand it better after getting the saltwater aquariums for dummies book

Who knows I might change my mind and go mollies but I'm still buying for marine since it's my goal.
I myself had 4 freshwater aquariums running at the same time. 100 gal., 60gal and two 40 gal. And I did water changes/cleaning once a week on all! for almost 2 decades. Enjoying the time spend keeping my tanks pristine. Older now the tanks had to go to hard for me to keep up. One tank had angle fish beautiful to watch gliding across the tank. I had that many tanks because some fish will fight or eat the others. One thing to think about fish swim in different areas of the tank. Some like to swim in the upper area, others in the middle and others at the bottom. keeping this in mind I was able to have many fish swimming in all areas of the tank. Catfish are a hoot to have and help keep the bottom of the tank clean eating food that drops down to the bottom.

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Thanks Judy the fish tank I chose has a light and filter section so it's all enclosed but I was thinking of removing the filter part to add a better one so thanks for the tip about covering it and the heat from the light, I'll be sure to make sure the birds stay away from it.
Wow that is a long time keeping that many tanks, you are making me want one even more

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Lynette I absolutely loved having all 4 aquariums up and running. So peaceful to just watch, the cats also loved to watch the fish swimming. I started with a Betta fish bowl moving on to bigger and better. My 60 gallon was near the kitchen table with African chiclids Rocks,caves & plants. 2 - 40 gallon tanks in "my den" near my desk which have been replaced with 3 bird cages and my art table. My 100 gal. in our dining room had one Tiger Oscar that fed so well he grow to 11 inches in one year Oscars put out a lot of poop had to change out 30 gallons of water once a week but enjoyed it at the same time. I'd love to see pictures of your tanks! The 100 gal. aquarium sits empty, with big a wet/dry filter, hood with lights ready to be started if and when we get the bug again

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It won't be for a few months until I can get mine up and running since I'm still getting bits and pieces for it, I'm only able to go for a 90 liter tank because my room is so small I've been trying to see if I can arrange things better to fit a bigger one but it depends on if the pet store will let me switch my current one on layby for a larger one, but Car Alarm and Snuggles had their vet trips yesterday so now I can dive back into getting stuff for it, I'll definately post some pics when I eventually get it set up

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I've put a fish tank on layby recently and have been thinking of setting it up as a saltwater/marine tank because I'd really like to get a pair of clownfish it wont be up and running for atleast a couple of months because I'm still buying all the equipment, paying of the tank and doing lots of research plus I want to have all the birds homed in the aviary first so the workload will be a bit easier. Anyway I was wondering if it would be safe to have in my bedroom with the lorikeets and tiels as I'm assuming the saltwater will have a smell to it and am not sure if it's bad for the birds in a small room, all filters and test kits will be in the stand so the birds can't get to them and the tank has a lid but mainly during cleaning and water changes I'm guessing might be the problem, I've never had a marine tank before so I'm not sure.

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We had saltwater tanks for years in the birds room with no issues. There are two danger points to having a fish tank in the birds room and both are easily remedied:
1.As the salt water evaporates, it will leave some salt residue on the tank covers and light, you want to keep that wiped off so that if a birds lands on it, they don't get salt on the their feet or it could burn their feet.

2. Electrical cords to the light, heater and filter. Our Cockatoo sometimes landed on the top of the tank (we chased her off of course), but one time did chew the light cord, so we put an upside down dish drainer over the area where the cords were off the top of the tank and then she could land on the dish drainer, but not reach the cords.

Our birds love to watch the fish and some of my fondest memories of our Cockatoo is her "helping" me clean the fish tank. An added benefit to having a fish tank in the birds room is the extra humidity it adds, especially in the winter. If you have to top off the tank with additional water due to evaporation in the winter, remember to only top off with fresh water as the salinity is increasing if the water has evaporated, but the salt is still in the tank. Happy fish keeping

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An added benefit to having a fish tank in the birds room is the extra humidity it adds, especially in the winter. If you have to top off the tank with additional water due to evaporation in the winter, remember to only top off with fresh water as the salinity is increasing if the water has evaporated, but the salt is still in the tank. Happy fish keeping
That is true.

Also, one more danger is the bird falling into the tank. Even with the cover, there are spaces in the back that the bird might fall out of (or the fish might jump out of).

I don't know about saltwater tanks, but I love my freshwater tank and goldfish (also tropical, but I never had much luck with them). I use all the extra water in my plants so it doesn't go to waste (although I guess you can't do that with saltwater tank )

My linnies are still not sure about the fish, sometimes if I'm near the tank with them they get scared when the fish swim up quickly.

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That is true.

Also, one more danger is the bird falling into the tank. Even with the cover, there are spaces in the back that the bird might fall out of (or the fish might jump out of).

I don't know about saltwater tanks, but I love my freshwater tank and goldfish (also tropical, but I never had much luck with them). I use all the extra water in my plants so it doesn't go to waste (although I guess you can't do that with saltwater tank )

My linnies are still not sure about the fish, sometimes if I'm near the tank with them they get scared when the fish swim up quickly.
So true! We put pieces of acrylic over the openings in the back of the tank to keep fish in, birds out. When we had our MaCaw, he would push the lights off of the 70 gal goldfish tank we had, stick his head in and say "hi" to the fish!

I took our tropical 45 gal down a couple of summers ago when our Cockatoo was sick and I miss it, but don't have room in the birds room now. I wondered if Linnies would be scared. Scooter gets scared of some stuff on tv

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We have two fishtanks in our lounge, with one right next to Gizmo's cage... He rather enjoys watching them!! The fish have become accustomed to him occasionally landing on the lid with a "thud"... They don't even flinch anymore
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We have two fishtanks in our lounge, with one right next to Gizmo's cage... He rather enjoys watching them!! The fish have become accustomed to him occasionally landing on the lid with a "thud"... They don't even flinch anymore
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You will have to be extremely careful with the Lorikeet. You do know how much they like to bathe. He may try anything to get to the water.
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I've always had saltwater aquariums and birds. To be truthful, I've never even given it a thought. The only problem I ever had was parakeets pooping on my tank hood. Parrots always ignored it completely. Once a reef tank is stabilized, it's pretty easy to maintain. Just make sure you get a really good culture going before you put anything expensive in there...and all saltwater fish are expensive! LOL. When one of those fish get sick, you want to give them mouth to mouth. Anyway, I think the moisture that aquariums put in the air is good for birds and humans.
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