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Old 03-20-2007, 06:31 PM   #31
 
a betta in a 2 gallon tank is no where near as showy as one in a 10 gallon tank, all i would suggest for a 2 gallon are shrimp
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:28 PM   #32
 
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a betta in a 2 gallon tank is no where near as showy as one in a 10 gallon tank, all I would suggest for a 2 gallon are shrimp
Oops- I meant the fish itself was showy, not the little tank with the fish. LOL

I started out with a 3 gallon and 2 danios/2 white clouds. It was really cute. It's hard to get showy fish for a 2-3 gallon other than a betta.

Of course I'd love to have a 55 gallon, but I have no room. Unlimitedx, did you mention you are looking for a desktop aquarium? Why do I think that??

Did anyone mention, make sure you cycle your tank and if you end up with a larger tank than 2-3 gallon don't put all the fish in at once! That will result in fish loss for sure.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:29 PM   #33
 
yes good point, make sure you cycle, preferably fish-less cycle which is easier and less cruel
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:19 PM   #34
 
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A six gallon tank is 48 lbs of water, probably 2 lbs of tank, and you can add maybe half the wieght of the substrate and decorations (since you're displacing water with that). Most desks will hold 50 lbs no worries.

You can have a small shoal of 4 to 6 small cories (C pygmeus, C. hasbrosus, C. hastatus, or C. guapore) in a tank this size. That's it, though. You could have a small shoal of small tetras, microrasboras, or white clouds. Up to 3 male guppies or endlers. A pair of Sparkling Gouramis.

I recently set up a single male betta in a 5.5 gallon tank, and he swims around it constantly. Looking at how he uses all the space in the tank, I have pretty much decided that he's going to be the sole inhabitant. (I had thought about adding a trio of ottos, but they'd not be able to get out of his way.)

If you can get them, moth catfish will work in a nano tank - but that's not at all the kind of fish you are looking for.

With the 6 gallon, I'd go with either 3 male guppies, or 1 male betta for color and movement. If I were more interested in a perfect planted nano tank, I'd go with Red Cherry Shrimp and microrasboras.
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:22 PM   #35
 
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A six gallon tank is 48 lbs of water, probably 2 lbs of tank, and you can add maybe half the wieght of the substrate and decorations (since you're displacing water with that). Most desks will hold 50 lbs no worries.
I was actually thinking of space. I didn't even consider the weight!
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Old 03-21-2007, 06:48 PM   #36
 
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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.
Blue, I looked up more info about guppies and it seems to say that guppies will eat their frys?
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:14 PM   #37
 
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I've kept guppies for a while now, and they will eat their fry to a point, butonly to a point, and eventually the tank, regardless of size, will become overcrowded. (I started with 4 males and 8 females in a 75, and they took it over in under a year, even with a turtle to keep the population down and occasionally culling the fry.) With a small tank, this will happen practically overnight.

Also, if you start with a small number of livebearers and don't remove and segragate the fry by sex, you will end up with all sorts of deformities in just a few generations of inbreeding - hump backs and corkscew spines, and hollow bellies, and all sorts of crud. It's very similar to how Europe got all screwed up in the 14-19th centuries (the rulers were inbred all to heck - if course, with guppies you don't have to worry about syphilus on top of that, but I digress.)
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:55 PM   #38
 
I don't know if this will sound cruel, but are there "friendly fry eaters" fishes that remain 1.5" long? Friendly as in they won't try to eat same size fishes as themselves.

I'm just really fascinated with all the breeding and how the various species interacts in an aquarium!
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Old 03-22-2007, 02:01 AM   #39
 
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I don't know if this will sound cruel, but are there "friendly fry eaters" fishes that remain 1.5" long? Friendly as in they won't try to eat same size fishes as themselves.

I'm just really fascinated with all the breeding and how the various species interacts in an aquarium!
Boraras and Microrasbora species.
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Old 03-22-2007, 03:42 AM   #40
 
how about harlequin rasboras?
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