03-21-2010, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by tanker
Thanks Byron. Aargh. I bought 3 yesterday. I can move them into my bigger tank with the platies. Would that be better?
It doesn't look like any of the tetras are going to be suitable based on tank length recommendations here. Do you think that I'd be better off sticking with guppies or a betta for my small tank? Are there any other small fish that can cope with alkaline water and a small tank?
Pristella are fine with platys, but get 3 more Pristella to ease their stress and encourage more natural interaction. They are actually a very nice contrast.
There are small fish suitable for basic (alkaline) water, obviously livebearers, aside from the usual platys, mollies, swordtail & guppy clan there are rarer ones that you might find somewhere or online in Australia. There are celestial rasbora as they are commonly called, actually a danio but small and very colourful. Shrimp do well in alkaline water (need the calcium), provided the other fish are small enough not to eat them.