>>2061644 Get a small 5 gal tank and get a dwarf pufferfish. So much personality, they actually watch you and pay attention to what your doing in the room. Perfect fish with large personality, in a little tank.
>>2061644 Get a small scorpion Don't need more than a 5-10 gallon tank. It's an interesting animal to watch, but if you want something to interact to, you're out of luck here. This is my H. Arizonensis
>>2061644 Yeah turtles and also tortoises need very big habitats. I consider the less challenging tortoise species easier than turtles simply because you're not dealing with a water feature and all the work that entails.
Fresh water fish, small ones, are much easier.
Pacman frog as anon above suggested is quite easy but they are not very active. They will exist, and you can see whatever portion of their body happens to be above the substrate but they pretty much sit there, staring, unless it's feeding time.
Consider also, small gecko, small snake. Those are easy and semi-active (more than frog).
>>2062091 As long as the fish don't look sickly in the tank then buy one or two. Just make sure to have a tank that's well filtered, and is around 5 gals at least. Also, I would setup the tank beforehand, go to the LFS and pickup some pond snails, typically people think of them as a pest, but puffers love to eat the little dudes, and the hardest part of keeping pea puffers is getting them to eat (usually has to be frozen bloodworms), but if you get a healthy colony of pond snails, your puffer will have a virtually unlimited source of fresh, live food, and you don't even have to remember to feed him! I've been doing this is my puffer tank for two months now. Just make sure you are buying 'dwarf pea puffers', everything else will grow to large for a 5gal, which you could still do if you are okay with upgrading to a 30gallon tank when you leave the dorms
>>2062593 But mice are cuddly and cute and don't need as much room as rats or guinea pigs...actually, rats aren't a bad idea either. You can potty train them, train them to do tricks, and they have pretty dog like personalities.
Anyway, I just suggest against something aquatic unless you want a hobby because fish are a pain in the but to take care of most of the time.
>>2062608 That's beautiful! Man...I wish I had some more time for a hobby like that. As soon as I can get a job in town, I want to try to make an indoor cold water pond or something similar. And by pond, I mean something the size of a small table with as much of a functioning ecosystem as I can get.
I also want some mice again. I miss haveing mice so much, they are so goddamn cute and easy to take care of. Plus they don't need as much attention as rats.
>>2062616 That would be awesome! I have an interesting idea for something like that too if you'd like... You could do a large freshwater tank (or you could do it as a hole-in-the-ground pond, but preferably a tank, which you could pretty easily make yourself) and stock it with crayfish, and a couple of fahaka puffers, or a single mbu puffer, and let them hunt. You may want to do a sump setup, and keep most of the breeding crayfish in the sump, and toss a cray in every day or so, but it could very easily work if executed properly.
>>2062630 I was working over a plan in the aquarium thread for a bit, but in reality it could be a year or two before I have the chance to even try it. I was thinking some white cloud minnows though for sure, and maybe a few other tank mates to go with them. I want to keep the fish/other creatures very small and focus more on the plants and island aspects of it. I wanted to have a tiny water fall going too in one corner.
It's just a project idea though, we'll see if I can actually do it or not when I get enough time.
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