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post #11 of 35 Old 02-03-2009, 05:17 PM
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If you can find them, a couple of the very small anabantids should work. Sparkling Gouramis stay small I think, though I have never had any. I had a pair of fish that sold as Brown Paradisefish ( I think Pseudosphromenus dayi ) that stayed very small and spawned in a 2.5 gal, but I havent seen any since then- about 15 yr ago.

Afterthought: Be aware that providing good, stable conditions to any fish will be more difficult than in a larger tank.

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post #12 of 35 Old 02-03-2009, 05:23 PM
Dwarf puffer? The are really cool, but kinda hard to care for.... As long as u r willing to do constant water changes, and feed live food it would be a SUPER cool tank! (Only 1 tho!)

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post #13 of 35 Old 02-03-2009, 05:27 PM
Get a betta. They have great personalities. :)
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post #14 of 35 Old 02-03-2009, 05:43 PM
Oh, or some Lesser Killie Fish (Heterandria formosa)

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post #15 of 35 Old 02-04-2009, 06:22 AM
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But dwarf gouramis are the same size as bettas and their both labyrinth fish
Yes they are, but bettas are tough as nails and dwarf gourami's are rather delicate due to the practices used to breed them. A 2.5 gallon will be highly unstable and fluctuating conditions will stress a DG's already weak immune system and make them highly susceptible to disease.

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Dwarf puffer? The are really cool, but kinda hard to care for.... As long as u r willing to do constant water changes, and feed live food it would be a SUPER cool tank! (Only 1 tho!)
i have considered them, the puffers are all so cute, like underwater bumble bees. how are they personality wise?

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Get a betta. They have great personalities. :)
they do, don't they? i've had them before and dearly loved them, but i want to do something different with this tank

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Oh, or some Lesser Killie Fish (Heterandria formosa)
how much $$$ are they?

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Yes they are, but bettas are tough as nails and dwarf gourami's are rather delicate due to the practices used to breed them. A 2.5 gallon will be highly unstable and fluctuating conditions will stress a DG's already weak immune system and make them highly susceptible to disease.
i'll definitely keep that in mind
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post #17 of 35 Old 02-04-2009, 02:28 PM
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hi
dwarf puffers have a great little personality,
and will get to know you quickly,and learn that you are the food giver,
as you approach the tank,they will greet you awaiting food.
blood worms,snails,small crustations are their food.
they can become agressive as they mature,and be nasty little guys.
the males i think get a line running the length of the underbelly,and wrinkles behind their
eyes.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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hi
dwarf puffers have a great little personality,
and will get to know you quickly,and learn that you are the food giver,
as you approach the tank,they will greet you awaiting food.
blood worms,snails,small crustations are their food.
they can become agressive as they mature,and be nasty little guys.
the males i think get a line running the length of the underbelly,and wrinkles behind their
eyes.
ok, thanks for the info
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Sparkling gouramis stay small (1.5 inches) and are fascinating little fish. If you want something a little different, go with these guys. They're a bit shy, but give 'em some cover to feel safe, and they're delightful.

I wouldn't put more than one in a 2.5 gallon, though, because they're hard to sex and you could end up with two males. The two male sparklers I had in a 5.5 gallon never did any real damage to each other, but there was a lot of flaring and some nipped fins. This was with a ton of hiding spots for them, too.
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post #20 of 35 Old 02-08-2009, 01:36 PM
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A 2.5G for a DP is too small IMO. I have seen some get stunted from that. Sure, they are small, but they swim ALL OVER. I wouldn't put one in anything less than a 4G.
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