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post #1 of 9 Old 03-15-2014, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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hey fish keepers

how many of what type of fish can i put in my 1.5 gallon?
what numbers should be what:
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kh
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no3
and on my test stripes, they dont show akliline or clorine were not on it?
is there a different strip brand?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-16-2014, 01:15 AM
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1 Betta
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post #3 of 9 Old 03-16-2014, 02:07 AM
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A 1.5 gallon is only barely suitable for a betta fish, and even then it's still on the small side. If you really want to start a community fish tank, I recommend getting a much larger tank, such as a 20 Long or a 29 gallon.

As for tests, the best test kit is API Liquid Test kit, which is usually available for around $20. After cycling (http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-cycle-353074/), your ammonia and nitrite should always be 0, while nitrate should preferably be 20 or less.

If you would like gh/kh readings, I'd suggest either investing in the API Gh/Kh test kit, or you can find the info online from your water supplier's website, usually.
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There will be a lot of disagreement here regarding my suggestion but I have kept exactly 1 Betta happily in a 2 gallon tank. Larger tanks will require water movement which betas don't like. I think 1.5 is sufficient with proper water changes.
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post #5 of 9 Old 03-16-2014, 10:53 AM
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id put shrimp in it an not much else tbh get a bigger tank lol
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hey fish keepers

what is the ideal # for the following:
ch:
kh:
chlorine:
no2:
no3:
ph frerlin rasborash:
alkaline:
if i choose to get a bigger tank instead, i like 2 german rams, neons, white clouds, harlin rasboras?
which are suitable for a 15 + gallon?
if i do use the 1.5 tank and add a betta, do i need anything other than the tank and water?(fillter/heater?) thanks
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hey fish keepers

what is the ideal # for the following:
ch:
kh:
chlorine:
no2:
no3:
ph frerlin rasborash:
alkaline:
if i choose to get a bigger tank instead, i like 2 german rams, neons, white clouds, harlin rasboras?
which are suitable for a 15 + gallon?
if i do use the 1.5 tank and add a betta, do i need anything other than the tank and water?(fillter/heater?) thanks

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-16-2014, 02:24 PM
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Really? why would you need to filter or heat a tropical fish tank?
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For the 1.5 you will need a heater if you decide to get a betta. A filter is considered optional for some, but will help with water clarity and adding more volume to the tank/surfaces for bacteria. I like the Azoo Palm Filter for small tanks. You'll also need water conditioner, a favorite for many hobbyists is Prime by Seachem.

I really do recommend that you get the API Master Liquid Test Kit, it is an investment that will last you years, and also save you money in the long run (test strip costs add up quick, especially when you are cycling a tank)

No2 should be 0, and no3 should ideally be less than 20. However these numbers won't show up until you have cycled the tank (and thus made it safe for fish to inhabit.)

I can't tell you if those fish are suitable or not as we don't know the exact tank size you have picked out (bigger is better!), and your waters gh, kh, and ph. The ph test comes with APIs Master Liquid Test Kit, and you can either purchase their gh/ph test kit or find the info on your city's water suppliers website.
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