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post #1 of 9 Old 08-09-2011, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 9 Old 08-09-2011, 09:49 AM
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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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post #3 of 9 Old 08-10-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #4 of 9 Old 08-10-2011, 12:54 PM
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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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post #5 of 9 Old 08-10-2011, 12:59 PM
cherry red shrimp or maybe eye spot rasboras

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #6 of 9 Old 08-10-2011, 01:29 PM
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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post #7 of 9 Old 08-11-2011, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #8 of 9 Old 08-11-2011, 09:26 AM
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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post #9 of 9 Old 08-14-2011, 12:09 PM
yes what Sincrisis said

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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