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Old 08-09-2011, 07:47 AM   #1
 
Kind of fish

I'm thinking of getting a 3 gal. desktop tank for my den.What kind and number of fish would you recommend for a newbie to get Thanks
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:49 AM   #2
 
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Hello and welcome to TFK With a 3 gal you choices are rather limited, one possiblitly that comes to mind would be that you could keep a betta in this size tank. Although even a betta a 5 gallon would be better. You would have more options available to you if you did a 5 gall. Just something to think about.
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Old 08-10-2011, 11:16 AM   #3
 
I'm torn between a 5 gal corner tank and a 3 gal cylinder tank. 5 gal = more fish, 3 gal = less space. Thanks.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:54 PM   #4
 
Are you buying a kit that comes with everything you'll need, or just the tank?

If you are planning on doing it right and getting things like a filter, heater, air pump, etc. then you're better off going with a 5 gallon. The amount of money you'll spend on "extra" necessities won't be worth it for a 3 gallon.

Also, once you get a 3 gallon you are likely to want more fish (it always happens, so just be prepared). If you have a 3 gallon, you're stuck. The filter, heater, etc are too small to use in any other tank. If you have a 5 gallon, some of the equipment is also good enough that it could be used in a 10 gallon when you decide to upgrade.
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Old 08-10-2011, 01:59 PM   #5
 
cherry red shrimp or maybe eye spot rasboras
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:29 PM   #6
 
3g tanks are perfect for small inverst. snails and dwarf shrimp would do great in those tanks. Just make sure you keep up with the water quality.
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:43 AM   #7
 
Both are kits. The 3gal is a 360 DEGREE VIEWING and the 5gal is a corner tank. The 3 gal is a UGF and the 5 is a HOB filter. At a inch per gal rule, neither can hold many fish.Thanks for all the replies>
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:26 AM   #8
 
the inch per gallon rule should only be loosely estimated. Some fish will produce less waste than others. Many of the dwarf species can be kept in a 5g in groups of 6-8 because they produce less waste. If you get the 5g kit, you can easily keep a shoal of dwarf rasboras or cory's.
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:09 PM   #9
 
yes what Sincrisis said
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