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What do we really need?
Old 12-28-2012, 10:55 PM   #51
 
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Do you have dechlorinator?
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:57 PM   #52
 
The betta was just a thought. May choose something else (or nothing but plants)... Would the test kit tell me Ph?
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #53
 
I have nothing right now except a tank (light and pump\filter)...I Was planning to go buy stuff tomorrow.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:51 PM   #54
 
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If you like Bettas, you can always add a young male with a good size school of Cory Cats, some shrimp, and snails. You can also do a Betta sorority (sp?) which is a big group of female bettas. Lots of people enjoy those. Just make sure to get them young so they can grow up together.

There are LOTS of small colorful fish to chose from. And remember, those in the pet store are babies and will get bigger!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:59 PM   #55
 
I like Bettas and have had them before. They are some seriously strong fish that required very little care and very great to watch. I don't like females though so a sorority would be out...which means only 1 beta. Cory cats and cute and I like ghost shrimp. We'll see what hubby says. That and some tertas or guppies might be nice (if the Betta agrees). I'll let you guys know what we did tomorrow.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:03 AM   #56
 
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Well, if you go with a Betta, I would stay away from any Tetra. They are know fin nippers! And tetra can be a tad agressive, so be careful
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:31 AM   #57
 
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Yep, the test kit will show PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. :D

Shame you don't like the females, they come in so many different colors! You could look into a really fancy giant betta, although those can get a lot more costly than the average veiltail. Then perhaps some kind of bottom feeder, although you'd have to look into a very smooth fine gravel if not sand for Corys to be most comfortable.

As for fish...what about Honey Gourami, or an assortment of guppies? Lyretail guppies are absolutely gorgeous and could probably be special ordered for you. However these may not work, depending on the parameters of your water, but it's food for thought :)
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:16 AM   #58
 
Well let me that part back... I had no idea female betta came in different colors (just googled them). The only ones I've ever seen were white.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #59
 
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You off to the fishy shop today to make your list?
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Old 12-29-2012, 09:54 AM   #60
 
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You off to the fishy shop today to make your list?

I went last night by myself...today I take the kid (hubby)... Once we clean the tank we're off... Have no idea about the fish yet...well an idea but no definite. Maybe a betta...

I do know we're getting gravel, plants, conditioner and probably a test kit.

How much gravel would I need for a 20 gallon high tank? Looking to fill 2 inches or so with gravel.
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