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post #11 of 29 Old 02-16-2011, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help i have done another water change today and will keep up on them and update you through the cycling process.
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post #12 of 29 Old 02-19-2011, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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I have decided that i want to do something with a Betta and 2 other compatible fish and a few inverts. Anyone have any ideas?
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post #13 of 29 Old 02-19-2011, 11:15 AM
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In a 6g tank, other fish with a Betta is next to impossible. Small fish as would otherwise be fine in a small tank would be eaten by a Betta.

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post #14 of 29 Old 02-19-2011, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. I will keep the two danios i have in there however i am thinking about adding a glowfish. After that some inverts sound okay. I am reallying having issues with the size of this tank now.
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post #15 of 29 Old 02-19-2011, 08:01 PM
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guppys platys mollies swordtails tetras or bettas thats all i can think of
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post #16 of 29 Old 02-19-2011, 09:35 PM
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I have a 5 gal on my desk with a Betta and a platty, and they get along just fine. They have lived together for over 2 months. The funny part is when feeding time comes, they take turns going first LOL. They are a trip.
I undestand that not all Bettas will act this way, and when I put the platty in.... I spent some time seeing how thay got along.
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post #17 of 29 Old 02-20-2011, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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So now a new issue. My fish are afraid of the tank light. I have the stock light on the eclipse 6 florescent light. I was wondering if a different type of light would work.
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So now a new issue. My fish are afraid of the tank light. I have the stock light on the eclipse 6 florescent light. I was wondering if a different type of light would work.
Betta do not like bright light, they occur in almost stagnant ponds and ditches overshadowed with vegetation and full of floating plants as well. Floating plants would probably calm the fish. Betta, like all anabantids, casually cruise among floating vegetation so this goes a long way in settling the fish.

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post #19 of 29 Old 02-20-2011, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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This is not even with a betta. The only fish i have in the tank right now are a pearl and zebra danio.
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This is not even with a betta. The only fish i have in the tank right now are a pearl and zebra danio.
Other things than light are also at play here. A 6g is not sufficient space for danio, as these fish must be maintained in groups. They are shoaling fish, needing the company of others and interacting aqmong them. At least 6 of each species is recommended, but not in a 6g. Given the stress this causes the danio, adding bright light makes it moreso, as they don't like that either. Almost all forest fish occur in what we would consider dimly-lit waters. Please have a read of the profiles on both species, Zebra Danio and Pearl Danio, click on the shaded name to see the respective profile.

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