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post #1 of 12 Old 04-24-2012, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Paradise fish tank size...

So, I had paradise fish as a kid, I love them (though mine were in horrible care before). My family has a soft spot for them.

The TFK profile for them says 25 gallons.
Another fish site says 25 gallons for a pair.

Are these really active fish or something?
I wanted to get a lone male, though. Nicely planted tank... is 25 gallons needed for a single male? I was hoping a little smaller, around 10 gallons. I'm not trying to challenge the facts, just curious if the number is smaller for a lone male. He'd do fine on his own, right?

Is there any non-betta anabantid that would do well in 10 gallons? :s

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-24-2012, 09:45 PM
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They are somewhat aggressive, get to about 2 inches and need a planted tank with open swimming areas.

Sounds about right a 25g needed for a pair, a single fish probably slightly smaller...I have never kept one but considered it and am going off memory here.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

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Yea, don't want to have 2 or more. Just one male. 10 gallons would be all the room I could reserve for him on his own. Might even end up female, all the ones at the store are so washed out it's impossible to tell.
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post #4 of 12 Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 PM
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If you have Big Als anywhere near you, check them out, they usually have them or at least can order them for you?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Nawh. Small town. We have a few local stores. There's a good one about 20 minutes away that I'm dying to go to.
I love the roundtail species. Too bad they aren't that common. :(
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Order online?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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I wish. It seems like a lot of hassle. There aren't many Canadian online fish shops I know of either.
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post #8 of 12 Old 04-24-2012, 10:51 PM
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These guys ship and it is not really any different than collecting a parcel only it is live!

Check here, also this site (even though it is mainly cichlids, Spencer actually sells many other species and ships Canada wide)

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 11:58 AM
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Yea, don't want to have 2 or more. Just one male. 10 gallons would be all the room I could reserve for him on his own. Might even end up female, all the ones at the store are so washed out it's impossible to tell.
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In my view, a 10g is way too small for any fish attaining close to 4 inches. A 15g or 20g at 24 inches is minimum, with no other fish of course.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-25-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Darn. No paradise fish for me. :( I really like the Macropodus spechti, but they can get even bigger than 4". Maybe someday. Weird how betta are the only anabantids that thrive in small spaces.

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