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post #11 of 16 Old 06-30-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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wow, just put in the details myself and that is a shock to see how bad it really is,
more i think about it i think she was just trying to sell me as much as she could :(
and is now a good time to mention my female molly is heavily pregnant, have her in a birthing cage thig which is also taking up room.
do you think i would be ok to get a new tank in a months time, timing is not ideal but i leave on holidays next week and my flatmate will be feeding them but i'm not going to have time to get a new tank and treat it before i go, or even relocate them as i am working every day
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-30-2012, 10:50 AM
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I believe for the sake of your fish you should inform the pet store of your findings and return your fish. As to which ones, you really need to know how hard your water is. Give that website to the pet store and maybe this wont happen again. Pet stores should be ashamed when they do this. They have done you a disservice . Sadly nature will take its course and kill off your fish until your tank/fish ratio is right.

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post #13 of 16 Old 06-30-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much for all your help guys,

This is definitely a good lesson to be had. on a bright side though i wanted to get a bigger fish tank in the first place and it was my girlfriend who picked the size , maybe this will make her want to get a bigger 1 :) and then keep them all,

going to take my molly out of the birth cage though and let the the others at the fry as i really dont think after reading those figures that it could handle a bunch of fry as well.
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Thanks very much for all your help guys,

This is definitely a good lesson to be had. on a bright side though i wanted to get a bigger fish tank in the first place and it was my girlfriend who picked the size , maybe this will make her want to get a bigger 1 :) and then keep them all,

going to take my molly out of the birth cage though and let the the others at the fry as i really dont think after reading those figures that it could handle a bunch of fry as well.
A bigger tank is less water maintenance . The bigger the better. But you still have fish that should never be in the same tank. You have to research which fish are compatible. Someone more experienced on this forum can guide you in the right direction. Start a thread on compatible tank mates. Good luck.

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-30-2012, 06:17 PM
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Sorry, I see a number and I assume it's gallons. Really need to think in more metric terms ! Rehoming the Angels would give you the biggest bang for your buck. Believe me, I have and still do make overstocking mistakes. Unfortunately, the Mollies and Bristle Nose that you care so much about would be the next on my hit list. Hope I'm not discouraging you.
Me too. How much is a liter, anyway? Im from Texas. (Just kidding)

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-01-2012, 01:51 PM
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Some of this has already been mentioned, but doesn't hurt to summarize together.

A 40 liter is about 10g, so none of the fish are suitable except the Betta, alone. Betta are not community fish anyway, so if you want just the Betta in the tank, that will be nice, with some floating plants.

Once you know your water parameters (GH or general hardness, KH or carbonate hardness/Alkalinity, and pH--all of which you can ascertain from the water folks--it will be easier to decide on suitable small fish (if the Betta also goes). And if a larger tank is planned, knowing the parameters is still necessary to select suitable fish.

Someone mentioned the profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, thee are many species with photos included and each has data on parameters, tank size, numbers, etc.

To your initial queston on the Bristlenose Pleco, they are not active fish much of the time, preferring to browse plant leaves and wood, but once settled you should see them out and about. But this will be a suitable fish in a larger tank.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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