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post #11 of 44 Old 03-19-2007, 08:47 PM
no what we were talking about was 10 gallons +. You could fit 1 betta in there, its a lot nicer than bowls and they probably will stretch there fins etc. Or you could have 4 male guppies. Thats pretty much all there is that you can have..... i wouldnt suggest a school of tetras as 6 gallons is a bit too small for them, no tetras below 10 gallons

do you also know the wieght of a 6 gallon tank, there pretty heavy so not all desk spaces can carry them. Its about 70 pounds of water plus the gravel, filter, light, ornaments, your pushing a lot of weight there.
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yes and no. it depends entirely on what 2 species you were thinking about. since neons have been mentioned - neons are schooling fish and tend to fade away when in groups of less than 6. a 6g tank would fit 6 neons but i wouldnt recommend anything else simply because its not adviseable to have less than 6 and anymore would be overcrowding. neons do mix with other fish but not in this case.

you could maybe have something like 3 cories and 2 guppies, or a betta and a few cories. if youre not keen on bottom dwellers than maybe a betta and 2 female guppies. male guppies with bettas isnt recommended as bettas can be threatened by guppies fancy tails and are known to attack and kill them.

ive never had a female betta - perhaps she would do fine with male guppies as she wouldnt see them as competition for a mate but im not sure if she would still be likely to attatck them or not. perhaps somebody else could shed some light on this???
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yes and no. it depends entirely on what 2 species you were thinking about. since neons have been mentioned - neons are schooling fish and tend to fade away when in groups of less than 6. a 6g tank would fit 6 neons but i wouldnt recommend anything else simply because its not adviseable to have less than 6 and anymore would be overcrowding. neons do mix with other fish but not in this case.

you could maybe have something like 3 cories and 2 guppies, or a betta and a few cories. if youre not keen on bottom dwellers than maybe a betta and 2 female guppies. male guppies with bettas isnt recommended as bettas can be threatened by guppies fancy tails and are known to attack and kill them.

ive never had a female betta - perhaps she would do fine with male guppies as she wouldnt see them as competition for a mate but im not sure if she would still be likely to attatck them or not. perhaps somebody else could shed some light on this???
no cories in a tank this small, even the pygmy and dwarf species.
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fair enough. youre probably right though - likely best to stay away from the cories if its only 6g
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post #15 of 44 Old 03-19-2007, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Would White Cloud Mountain Minnows be active in such a small tank?

If so, I'm hoping to be able to have a few of these along with another type so the fishes would be swimming all over the place (bottom and mid-top dwellers).
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Would White Cloud Mountain Minnows be active in such a small tank?

If so, I'm hoping to be able to have a few of these along with another type so the fishes would be swimming all over the place (bottom and mid-top dwellers).
They'll need a lot of swimming space unfortunately. You might be better off for a betta or a trio of male guppies.:) Even dwarf puffers will also serve to be a good option as long as you can maintain stable water parameters.

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How about 1 male and 1 female guppy?
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How about 1 male and 1 female guppy?
Recommended sex ratio is one male to 2-3 females. You won't want the female guppies. They certainly will breed and well-fed parents will never eat the fry at the expense of stretching the bioload beyond its limits.

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post #19 of 44 Old 03-19-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip!

I guess my whole goal is to get a few fishes that are showy (lots of movement and interesting to look at), and it seems like guppies are the way to go?

Are there any other recommended types?

I really do want to have to 2 types of fishes instead of one...
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post #20 of 44 Old 03-19-2007, 10:40 PM
probably not live too well but the platies might be possible if its species only.
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