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Old 04-02-2011, 11:03 AM   #11
 
Thanks to mike and Las Colinas for the links.
My local meijers sells those little heaters for
$13, decent price. I have not seen the filter attachment,
I'm goinng to look around for one of them. As for fish,
I love neon tetras. My brother has a few in his 10 tank.
I thought they were to big for my tank. I will look into
Getting some. When cycling the tank should I have neons
In the tank? Or should I get Somthing else?

Thank again,
Rachel

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:45 PM   #12
 
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Thanks to mike and Las Colinas for the links.
My local meijers sells those little heaters for
$13, decent price. I have not seen the filter attachment,
I'm goinng to look around for one of them. As for fish,
I love neon tetras. My brother has a few in his 10 tank.
I thought they were to big for my tank. I will look into
Getting some. When cycling the tank should I have neons
In the tank? Or should I get Somthing else?

Thank again,
Rachel
The best route for cycling your tank is a fishless method, the easiest is the shrimp method, which is explained in the article I linked previously. If you cycle with fish, the fish's life will be shortened if it even makes it through the cycle. A 2 gal should cycle quickly, however, I have heard that a tank that small is very difficult to keep levels stable for fish safety. I have had a 1 gal in the past, but it was short term...other than that my smallest is a 5 gal. There isnt many choices for a 2 gal even with a heater and filter. Its pretty much a betta, an african dwarf frog, a guppy, a platy...and that is about it for solo fish that can live in a 2 gal. And in a 2 gal, you can really only house ONE fish.

Neon Tetra require a school of 5-6 minimum to be healthy and happy, therefore severely overstocking your tank. So no, neon tetra would not be suited to a 2 gal. If you had a 5 gal, I would say you could push it with 5 neon tetra in it, but not a 2. And 1-3 neons wont be happy or healthy.

Hope this helps clear it up a bit more.
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Old 04-02-2011, 03:57 PM   #13
 
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I've seen neons kept happy long terms in groups of three but your probably right with 5-6 being best. However what do you think about an invert only tank? A few shrimps or a pair of minicrabs might go quite nicely in that type of tanks. Alot of nano tanks are starting to exclude fish. What do you think?
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Old 04-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #14
 
Guess I should have read your link Before posting.
My brother only has 3 neon tetras in his tank and for
A while only one which has been one of the healthiest
fish in his Tank for over 3 months. Guppies sound cool.
My mother kept a few for years when she was a kid, in
A relatively small tank. I could alway do just a betta, I'm
Perfectly fine with that. I ask about the other fish to get
Some idea of what can fit in a small tank As for shrimp,
To be honest they give me the creeps (no offense to those
Who do like shrimp. It's just not for me.) I could use shrimp
For cycling a suppose. I'm going to petco tomorrow to get
Rocks and other supplies maybe I will look at some fish and
Get my water tested. I will tell you how it goes.

Rachel
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Old 04-03-2011, 06:23 PM   #15
 
went to the petco today and picked up some gravel and
backing. in my excitment i forgot to bring a sample of water
for testing. have to do it tomarrow. if you have any ideas for supplies i would appriciate it.

Thanks

Rachel
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #16
 
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went to the petco today and picked up some gravel and
backing. in my excitment i forgot to bring a sample of water
for testing. have to do it tomarrow. if you have any ideas for supplies i would appriciate it.

Thanks

Rachel
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Supply list:
Mini Heater
Mini Filter
Water testing kit
plants (live or fake)


Any conclusion to what type of fish you have decided to keep in your new tank? If you have decided all ready, you can go ahead and buy the fish food ahead of time.
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:59 PM   #17
 
Yeah, I'm going with a betta. Anything special for them I will need to buy? What should I look for in a test kit? I'm going to cycle my tank with raw shrimp. Any past experience with this style of cycling? Should I add my live plants before or after cycling?

Thank again, you have been a great help.

Rachel
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:08 PM   #18
 
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Yeah, I'm going with a betta. Anything special for them I will need to buy? What should I look for in a test kit? I'm going to cycle my tank with raw shrimp. Any past experience with this style of cycling? Should I add my live plants before or after cycling?

Thank again, you have been a great help.

Rachel
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Dont forget to get a water conditioner, Prime is highly recommended.
Some bettas are picky and will either prefer the pellet food or the flakes...all but one of the bettas I ever owned preferred the flakes.
Freeze-dried Bloodworms are a fave treat for bettas.

It's about $30, but the API Freshwater Master Test Kit is the top recommended kit (it will last you a long time). You want to be able to check your pH (can have pet store do it, as it doesnt often change much), ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are top things to check. Liquid tests are better than strips (unless in a financial strain, strips are better than nothing! )

Using the shrimp method, either use a biobag or a cut off nylon/stocking/panty hose, so as it breaks down it doesnt make a mess in your tank.

Live plants are fine in before the cycle, and should help the cycle be less dramatic, and usually can allow you to get your fish faster, at least that is with my experiance on smaller tanks.

You are more than welcome, glad I could be of assistance!!!
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:21 PM   #19
 
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If you want more specific details go to the betta species tab... It's another forum through this one that's all about them.
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