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Old 06-17-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
 
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New 3 Gallon Tank

I just got a new 3 gallon tank. It has both a heater and a filter. I was thinking of getting a betta, but i was wondering if anyone else had any other suggestions. Please post any ideas or comments.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:21 PM   #2
 
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If you're to have a Betta, make sure to keep the water current low. The loaches in my 5 gallon are doing well so far. I think a male betta and a kuhli loache should be fine together. Ghost shrimp would do fine with a betta also.
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:37 PM   #3
 
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I know you have to keep the water current low, I dont know if you can change how powerful the filter is. But I am mostly just looking for fish suggestions that I can keep in the tank, that way i can get some idea, research them, and then figure out what I want to do.
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Old 06-17-2009, 07:22 PM   #4
 
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I say a betta. I just got a 2.5 gallon going with a betta in it. He loves it. It is also a project for me, wanting some good plant growth.

But cause of the size, its kind of hard to get the same visual effect with any other fish, IMO. Maybe could keep it simple and get some guppies.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:13 AM   #5
 
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With that small of a tank your options are limited. A small school of neons or a few guppies or platies... well it's just not much water to work with. Personally I'd go betta or shrimp or betta with shrimp but try your betta with ghost shrimp first. If he eats them you're not out the several dollars a more fancy shrimp might cost.
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:29 AM   #6
 
U guys r making it sound like a 3 gallon tank is the end of the world, its not!! Listen you can put 2 male guppies in there no problem, just make sure you dont get 1 female and 1 male or something like that, just to be safe get 2 male beautiful guppies. Or if you can get a endler livebearer there great, colorful and only grow to 1"

But if you get the endlers or the guppy you can not get a betta, because that would overstock the tank. Ok GOOD LUCK!!
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:17 AM   #7
 
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U guys r making it sound like a 3 gallon tank is the end of the world, its not!!
Tis only because the smaller the tank, the harder it is to care for and the more limited your options are my friend 3 gallons may not be the end of the world, but its VERY VERY small....

I stand by my suggestion of a Betta on your other thread, though shrimp are a good option too.....personally, I wouldn't mix the Betta and shrimp, but thats just me.
Endlers are very small and a 2-3 males may work, but thats about it.
Two male guppies may be fine, I wouldn't do it personally, but thats all up to you
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:14 PM   #8
 
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U guys r making it sound like a 3 gallon tank is the end of the world, its not!! Listen you can put 2 male guppies in there no problem, just make sure you dont get 1 female and 1 male or something like that, just to be safe get 2 male beautiful guppies. Or if you can get a endler livebearer there great, colorful and only grow to 1"

But if you get the endlers or the guppy you can not get a betta, because that would overstock the tank. Ok GOOD LUCK!!
You are actually suggesting the same course of action several other people are in this thread. So either you're saying its the end of the world or else they aren't. Personally I don't think they are. You have to realize 3 gallons is simply not a lot of liquid. You're not going to be able to keep many varities of fish. You're typically going to be limited to smaller non-schooling fish. Well there aren't that many fish like that. When you consider stocking a tank it is best to do it with your eyes wide open, aware of the limitations of your tank.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:43 PM   #9
 
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Also think in terms of the fish's activity level, not just size. Guppies are very active so I personally wouldn't put them in a 3 gallon. Mine are in a 10 gallon and they're always zipping all over the place. Endlers are smaller so they may work. I've never kept them so I'm not sure. Bettas are more laid back and slower swimmers so that's probably what I would do. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:44 PM   #10
 
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If you do a shrimp only tank get a nice looking shrimp like a red cherry shrimp, yellow, green Just stick to one shrimp type do not mix these. http://www.Aquabid has these.As I write this one of my yellow shrimps in my 3 gal is caring eggs. With shrimps you just have to cover the intake to the filter with a fine netting so the babies don't get sucked up in it. Everyone knows that small tanks are harder to take care of but the tanks are so small it is easy to do water changes once a week even if it is 25%-50%. I have a 3 gal. and a 2.5 gal. I have had no problems with mine as long as I keep up with the water changes and do not over feed. I feed the fish in the tanks once a day.It can be done. Get a few endler males only. Sometimes they sell these at the fish store as feeder fish but they are endlers. I think they are very pretty. Platies will grow to big for that size tank. Shrimps or endlers would be perfect. Tetras are very sensitive to water conditons and might be a problem unless you keep the water quality good. Use Easy Balance once a week or Cycle to maintain the water quality. Check the buy & sell in this forum for shrimp or endlers or your local craigslist. You can also put a dwarf frog or a dwarf cory in that tank.
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