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post #1 of 4 Old 11-21-2013, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Bought my first 3 gallon tank/filter/heater.

Hey everyone, first time posting!

Just had a quick question, i just bought a nice 3 gallon tank, with a water agitator(bubbles) at the bottom, a filter and a heater and such...but im not sure what a good starter fish would be. I do plan on cycling this tank to make it more livable for future fish, but i just didn't know what a good starter fish would be. Also if i would want to have a real plant in it, i didn't know if i could seeing as though it would be inside with no sunlight...would the plan still be able to live without it?

I'm not going to have the agitator on full blast, seeing as though that might cut down on the space the fish will be able to move around in, i mean 3 gallons is small enough.

All in all i just wanted to know what a good starter fish is, whether it be a big beta, or 6 small neon fish.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-21-2013, 02:46 PM
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I just did the exact same thing and have the same decisions to make.
I'm leaning towards a crown tail beta at the moment.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-21-2013, 02:51 PM
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A single betta is best for set ups like these. There really isn't any other fish that do well alone and in smaller tanks.

Shape of the tank makes a difference as well. If it was rectangular you could use it as a shrimp tank with lots of plants. But otherwise I'd just use it for a betta.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-21-2013, 09:18 PM
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what kind of filter is it
if the tank is over filtered you can have 6 neons
you could also do shrimp and shape does not matter or african dwarf frogs are super dandy
live plants are easy if you get low light but you need to buy a light for the tank
try anubias and ferns they are super hardy and mostly low light
you can also try java moss

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