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betta definatly. i have 2 golfish in a 30 gallon and there still way messy 8)...
I agree with lindsey88, African Dwarf frogs are great! Very interesting and active. I love to watch them hunt down their dinner; they especially love live (or frozen) bloodworms. I've kept several, although I don't have any right now. I'll be getting some more soon though!
The thing you need most right now and won't like to hear is a testing kit to monitor your cycle. You have not done an intentional one before getting fish so you are now at the beginning of a "fishy" cycle. Please read here http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3738 before you go any further. It will save you trouble in the long run and may save your betta.
I agree! And I like the ADF I never bother getting any though. The ones my LFS gets in are sad looking. But they would be great additions to any tank! And they would be great for kids too. Better then the average fish. Nice picture btw Lindsey! Lol I would say that the frog got a little to close for the snails liking?
Not all bettas are compatible with snails. It really depends on the personality of the betta. Get one only if you're prepared to rehome it into another tank.
I added one to my 5 gal. tank with my male betta and he bullied it. Didn't nip any parts, though, just kept him pinned down in one spot so the snail couldn't move. I might try putting them together again when I upgrade to a 10 gal. that way they'd have more room to get away from eachother and more plants to hide in, etc.
Been there and done that!! The reason I got into fishkeeping was because of my kids! I had to fish-sit and that was the beginning of this for me. Now I love it more than the kids.
My suggestions for a 2 gallon would be no more than 3 zebra danio. They are very active fish that can live through MANY water conditions, and do not require (although prefer) a heater. They do sell small heater for tiny tanks. I have a 3 gallon for my son with danios and I bought the smallest heater I could find and it's on a very low setting. Just get a thermometer and make sure you start low and slow should you decide to heat the tank.
Here are my two favorite links for starting an aquarium. They helped me more than anything when I first started. I also highly recommend BioSpira, which is mentioned in the article. I use it all time and it has worked wonders.
i have danios and neon tetras too, and they are great, if you would want to get maybe a 5 or 6 gallon, you could get 5 zebra danios, or the long-finned variety, which have longer fins (no kidding) and i think are much prettier. i also have blue l-f danios, and i think they are better looking then my zebra danios!