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Old 12-28-2012, 04:46 PM   #11
 
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May I suggest wild guppies? One male and 2 females would do well. They are very very hardy little fish and you don't absolutely have to have a heater. Just provide a lot of hiding places.
Fancy guppies may also do well, though I would highly recommend a heater for them. My sister had a few and they were somewhat more delicate than the wild guppies.

I can post some pictures of my wild guppies if you would like. They are pretty interesting and fun to watch. Mine have developed great bonds with my cory cats and female bettas.
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:53 PM   #12
 
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You have to look at not only inch per gallon (which is not always right as many have different bioloads), but the messiness of the fish and swimspace needed.

A White Cloud Minnow is going to need a 10 or 20 gal minimum because of the speed the swim and their activity level. They would be a no no for a 2.5gal as it doesn't give them the space they need.

A single dwarf puffer needs 5 gallons because they are messy. They need live foods or frozen and have a good bioload for such a tiny fish. If you have your tank well planted, upgrade the filter to one for a bigger tank, and do LOTS of pwc, I have heard of it working in a tank that small, but it's not ideal. Just don't get more than one! They are agressive little buggers.

Also, you would need a very soft sand as ANYTHING that is slightly sharp will injure them. That means no gravel or course sand. And no orniments that are rough.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:28 PM   #13
 
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You have to look at not only inch per gallon (which is not always right as many have different bioloads), but the messiness of the fish and swimspace needed.

A White Cloud Minnow is going to need a 10 or 20 gal minimum because of the speed the swim and their activity level. They would be a no no for a 2.5gal as it doesn't give them the space they need.

A single dwarf puffer needs 5 gallons because they are messy. They need live foods or frozen and have a good bioload for such a tiny fish. If you have your tank well planted, upgrade the filter to one for a bigger tank, and do LOTS of pwc, I have heard of it working in a tank that small, but it's not ideal. Just don't get more than one! They are agressive little buggers.

Also, you would need a very soft sand as ANYTHING that is slightly sharp will injure them. That means no gravel or course sand. And no orniments that are rough.
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Thanks for all the helpful info! So no wcmm. I would only get one dp. They have dps at my lfs for only 4 dollars! I can probably get some pest snails for free to feed it. I have a filter that works up to 5 gallons. I also siphon the debris out of the sand regularly, and I do weekly 15% water changes or more. This should take care of its high waste levels yes? I also have a ghost shrimp which will either clean up the results of messy eating, or make a nice snack. For sand, I use play sand. is that ok? Are puffers considered scaleless fish? Will they eat molly fry? thanks!
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:32 PM   #14
 
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I would think they probably would eat molly fry.

Mine only eat live food. They would not eat frozen or freeze dried bloodworms. I finally started feeding them live white worms, and they love those.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:34 PM   #15
 
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Oh, and my pet store only sells fancy guppies, philipphish. Thanks anyway though! I just have problems with the long fins on fancy guppies...they tend to get broken, or rot(not sure which was the problem) If I could find the wild ones I'd go for it!
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:47 PM   #16
 
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I would think they probably would eat molly fry.

Mine only eat live food. They would not eat frozen or freeze dried bloodworms. I finally started feeding them live white worms, and they love those.
Wow! quick response! would it be bad to feed it fry as a treat? Or would it be good for it? What are whiteworms? My tank stays around 72 degrees unheated, the only concern is nighttime. The store only has one left, and I don't know when they get a new shipment. If I snatch it up now, would it be ok for a few days until I add a heater? Do you think it would work if I covered the light with something dark at night so it still makes heat, but not light?Thanks a ton!

( I feel bad for refering to the fishy as 'it', I just don't know if it's gonna be a girl or a boy!)
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:56 PM   #17
 
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As mentioned in the dwarf puffer profile, they like warmer temperatures than 72 degrees.

I would ask the store if they will hold it for a few days. I do that all the time. Can't hurt to try.

I have no idea if feeding them fry is good or not. Are we talking really really small, like when they're a speck? I can't see how that would hurt. At least they'd be eating.

White worms are a tiny little white worm. I bought a container for 4.99 that allegedly contains over 2000 of them (who knows if this is true) but I separated the dirt into two containers, added extra dirt, and they are multiplying. I just put in a small piece of bread for them to eat. I feed them one at a time, with tweezers. I usually dip them in a small cup of water first, to get the dirt off.


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Old 12-28-2012, 11:06 PM   #18
 
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I'm not sure if a dwarf puffer is such a good idea for a 2.5 g....
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:10 PM   #19
 
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5 gallon would certainly be better. Or a 10 gallon with a trio.
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Wow! quick response! would it be bad to feed it fry as a treat? Or would it be good for it? What are whiteworms? My tank stays around 72 degrees unheated, the only concern is nighttime. The store only has one left, and I don't know when they get a new shipment. If I snatch it up now, would it be ok for a few days until I add a heater? Do you think it would work if I covered the light with something dark at night so it still makes heat, but not light?Thanks a ton!

( I feel bad for refering to the fishy as 'it', I just don't know if it's gonna be a girl or a boy!)
Feeding fry as a treat is not a bad idea but keep it limited. I would get a heater for your tank in order to help keep it more stable. I would recommend waiting a few days, fish keeping is not a hobby you rush and rather going for the quick unproven fix go with the real one.

Or you can go to the store, get the fish and the heater at the same time and heat up the tank as your acclimatizing the fish.... works quite well, just don't let the temp rise more than 2 degrees/ hour.
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