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post #1 of 16 Old 08-24-2010, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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i feel like i'm posting a lot of threads, but i just keep coming up with new questions...
so today i bought a sweet little female betta and put her in my spare 6 gallon tank. i'm starting to think i'd like to have a few more fish in there, but i know the options are extremely limited because of the size of the tank.
i'm just wondering if it would be possible to have a small shoal of glowlight tetras in there. glowlights were originally on my old stock list for my main tank (i've now revised that stocklist and decided to make it an asian biotope) and i still want some. how many could i have, and can they tolerate high temps? (i have the heater set to 27 for the betta) or is there some other small tetra i could have?
the tank has practically no decor, it's just water, heater and so many plants you can barely see the fish. um this is bad but i dont have a filter in there...my spare air pump died a few weeks ago and my internal power filter is unsafe (electrocuted a cory, not to mention me, last time i tried to use it in that tank.) so i guess no filter probably means no more fish right? but i still thought i'd ask. haha can you tell i'm kind of addicted to this hobby?
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i feel like i'm posting a lot of threads, but i just keep coming up with new questions...
so today i bought a sweet little female betta and put her in my spare 6 gallon tank. i'm starting to think i'd like to have a few more fish in there, but i know the options are extremely limited because of the size of the tank.
i'm just wondering if it would be possible to have a small shoal of glowlight tetras in there. glowlights were originally on my old stock list for my main tank (i've now revised that stocklist and decided to make it an asian biotope) and i still want some. how many could i have, and can they tolerate high temps? (i have the heater set to 27 for the betta) or is there some other small tetra i could have?
the tank has practically no decor, it's just water, heater and so many plants you can barely see the fish. um this is bad but i dont have a filter in there...my spare air pump died a few weeks ago and my internal power filter is unsafe (electrocuted a cory, not to mention me, last time i tried to use it in that tank.) so i guess no filter probably means no more fish right? but i still thought i'd ask. haha can you tell i'm kind of addicted to this hobby?
I'm assuming you mean live plants? If so, you don't necessarily need a filter... Temperature is fine too, just don't let it go above 82 F. My Tetras don't like anything over 80.
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I'm assuming you mean live plants? If so, you don't necessarily need a filter... Temperature is fine too, just don't let it go above 82 F. My Tetras don't like anything over 80.
yup live plants :) main prob with not having a filter is the heat from the heater isn't evenly circulated
how many tetras do you think it would be safe to have in a 6 gal? would the betta attack them? she seems pretty placid but you never know with anabantids..
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yup live plants :) main prob with not having a filter is the heat from the heater isn't evenly circulated
how many tetras do you think it would be safe to have in a 6 gal? would the betta attack them? she seems pretty placid but you never know with anabantids..
Without the plants I wouldn't even recommend it because bio-load would be too much to keep a good shoal, but with them I would say the normal minimum of 5. I have Neon Tetra in with my Betta, but depending on who you talk to any kind of tetra isn't necessarily recommended to have with a Betta.

Only thing that might be interpreted as aggression I've ever seen betwixt my fish is when the Neons get in his way he noses them to the side. :D
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Without the plants I wouldn't even recommend it because bio-load would be too much to keep a good shoal, but with them I would say the normal minimum of 5. I have Neon Tetra in with my Betta, but depending on who you talk to any kind of tetra isn't necessarily recommended to have with a Betta.

Only thing that might be interpreted as aggression I've ever seen betwixt my fish is when the Neons get in his way he noses them to the side. :D
ok :) i haven't had good experiences with neons in the past (somehow all of them managed to jump out of the tiny gap for the filter cord...) so if they aren't going to be too big, i might go for something like glowlights or cardinals which i like better anyway. would six be ok? i dont like uneven numbers of fish for some reason..
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ok :) i haven't had good experiences with neons in the past (somehow all of them managed to jump out of the tiny gap for the filter cord...) so if they aren't going to be too big, i might go for something like glowlights or cardinals which i like better anyway. would six be ok? i dont like uneven numbers of fish for some reason..
They probably weren't comfortable in the tank. Fish tend to jump out of the water when there's something not right (in their opinion :p) with the water parameters. All of these tetras were talking about technically prefer a little bit cooler, softer, acidic water.
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They probably weren't comfortable in the tank. Fish tend to jump out of the water when there's something not right (in their opinion :p) with the water parameters. All of these tetras were talking about technically prefer a little bit cooler, softer, acidic water.
hehe well the tank was an amazon tank, acid water, very mature, crystal clean water...but i knew less about fishkeeping back then so there could well have been something not quite right. for a start tank was 6 gallons and overstocked.
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hehe well the tank was an amazon tank, acid water, very mature, crystal clean water...but i knew less about fishkeeping back then so there could well have been something not quite right. for a start tank was 6 gallons and overstocked.
I love Neons so I'm a little biased towards them anyways. :D I guess I'm just a tetra-maniac really.
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I love Neons so I'm a little biased towards them anyways. :D I guess I'm just a tetra-maniac really.
hehe well i'm a corydoras-maniac...except i dont have any at the moment
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hehe well i'm a corydoras-maniac...except i dont have any at the moment
I keep Corydoras Aenus (albino and bronze). I WISH I could find a supplier for C. Habrosus.
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