03-16-2011, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by HMlairy
Are they okay in a cycled tank with just daily water changes and no filter?
Although it could work, I would not recommend it...as it is fully aquatic and doesnt have scales to protect it and it is just as vulnerable to ammonia, nitrites, and other toxins as any other fish is. And although they have a low bioload, it requires quite a lot of food dropped in the tank to ensure they eat enough, which in turn creates ammonia and nitrites when breaking down in the water. ADFs hunt food by smell and cannot see well, thus making it difficult for them to find food as quickly as other fish.
If you are just doing one ADF, the cheapest and easiest option is a 2.5 or 5 gallon glass tank with a lid (they do jump) a heater is a must, and you can pick up a cheap mini filter (that filters 1-5 gallons) that usually costs less than $15 USD. Even in a 5 gallon tank, you could keep up to 3, IMO.
Also, ADFs like something in their tanks to hide under. Mine also seems to truely appreciate real plants verses fake, although it is not a need of theirs.