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post #1 of 17 Old 11-30-2007, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
Beginner fish for a child...


My son wants a goldfish, but after reading these forums, that's not a good plan for our house.

I've a two gallon bowl, with cycled water, that my betta will be vacating when he moves into a 5 gal. tank.

Is there a good fish for that bowl? Kiddo really wants "his" own fish and I'm not sure what to get.

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-30-2007, 09:16 PM
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Another betta would be the only option or some shrimps and snails.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-30-2007, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
I was afraid that would be the answer.

Hey, what about little frogs? My friend had two little frogs that were in this itty bitty container-looked kinda cruel-but my 2 gal bowl would be huge compared to those conditions.
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-30-2007, 09:36 PM
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You can keep 2 frogs in a 2 gallon bowl (1 gallon per frog). They need their own little dwarf frog food. Make sure to get an african dwarf frog and not an african clawed frog. They also need a SECURE top because they will escape and die. Good luck!
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-30-2007, 10:01 PM
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The frogs don't live that way for long... most people simply end up with dead frogs when they begin to grow. I believe you're referring to the African Dwarf Frogs
and even though they are dwarf, they still average almost 3 inches full grown, need a tropical setting (76 - 80 degrees), and a covered tank (yes, they will climb out if they can find a way).
The dwarf frogs are also very sensitive to water quality & stress. The best place for them is in an aquarium with peaceful fish (you could put a frog into the 5 gallon with the betta if there's a heater and decorations).
I agree with what was already listed... about the only thing suitable for a bowl is a betta and/or a snail.

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post #6 of 17 Old 12-01-2007, 12:18 AM
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Think about picking up an Apple Snail (Pomacea Bridgesii), they get pretty large, but one will do fine in a 2 Gallon.They move pretty quick, they float on a lung full of air. You also get to see them syphon their air when they go up to the waterline. Very nice indeed.

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post #7 of 17 Old 12-01-2007, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
Apple snail it is!

Thanks so much. My son saw the picture and loved it. He's only 5 and wanted a goldfish because the character Franklin had gotten one. But one of Franklin's friends is Snail, so kiddo is happy with the change of plans.

Woo hoo!

I'm so glad I found this forum.
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post #8 of 17 Old 12-05-2007, 06:44 PM
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You could also get 3-4 ghost shrimp. They are very amusing. I'm sure your kid would love them and at my local petsmart they are only 46 cents each.
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-05-2007, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
Something to think about, thanks!

What do you feed ghost shrimp?
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-05-2007, 07:18 PM
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They are scavengers and eat just about anything. Any type of fish food. Mine clean up the leftover fish food in my betta tank. They cant always be kept with bettas though some bettas will kill them. Mine doesn't seem to mind them though.
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