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Ideas for a 5-10 gallon species only tank

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Ideas for a 5-10 gallon species only tank
Old 06-28-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
 
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Ideas for a 5-10 gallon species only tank

So I would like to do a species only tank in a 5 or 10 gallon tank.

I was thinking Silver Tipped tetras, but I was also wondering if any of you guys had some ideas?

I'm really looking for-
  • either lots of color, or really silvery
  • fish that swim in groups
Do you guys have any suggestions?

thanks!
~Sydnie
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
 
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What are your pH, gH, and kH?
That will help determine what species can be kept in your water.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
 
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Our city water is incredibly hard... its like perfect for live bearers, but I'm kinda tired of live bearers.

I don't know much about our water, or what any of that stuff is and how to test it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
 
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There are lots of Danio varieties that would do well in a 10g species tank - if you're looking for some SERIOUS color, you could always try GloFish - which are neon-colored Danio.

You might also want to look into White Cloud Mountain Minnows. . . I really love this fish, they're silvery AND colorful!

I'd say definitely go with a 10g, whatever you choose. . .

Unless you want to do a 5g tank with a couple of African Dwarf Frogs - they aren't colorful, silvery, OR fish, tho :) Or a betta, of course, who would be very happy in a 5g!
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #5
 
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I'm also kinda leaning towards something exotic and interesting that will make people who look in the tank stop and go "Whoa, what is that!"

I kinda like the way the glo-fish look, how many would fit comfortable in a filtered, heated 10 gallon?
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
 
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Not sure on the water specs for them but look into sparkling gourami
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:40 PM   #7
 
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I'm also kinda leaning towards something exotic and interesting that will make people who look in the tank stop and go "Whoa, what is that!"

I kinda like the way the glo-fish look, how many would fit comfortable in a filtered, heated 10 gallon?
This fish is a modified zebra danio, and should have more space as noted in the profile. With hard water, options are quite limited. So many of the "dwarf" fish in the cyprinids that are becomming more widely available require soft water. Shrimp are OK of course.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:51 PM   #8
 
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This fish is a modified zebra danio, and should have more space as noted in the profile. With hard water, options are quite limited. So many of the "dwarf" fish in the cyprinids that are becomming more widely available require soft water. Shrimp are OK of course.
Ahh, sorry. . . Byron's right, they are really ZOOMY fish, and would like the extra room.

Hmmm. . . I'll keep thinking, maybe I can come up with another idea for you!
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:52 PM   #9
 
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This fish is a modified zebra danio, and should have more space as noted in the profile. With hard water, options are quite limited. So many of the "dwarf" fish in the cyprinids that are becoming more widely available require soft water. Shrimp are OK of course.
What kind of fish do you suggest?

I'm not exactly sure how hard our tap water is because we have a water softener that uses salt.
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:54 PM   #10
 
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Could I make a brackish water tank in a 10 gallon?
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