Community tank stock - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Freshwater and Tropical Fish » Community tank stock

Community tank stock

This is a discussion on Community tank stock within the Freshwater and Tropical Fish forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Tetras = teeth = long fins are snacks Corys, catfish and some barbs might make it with a Betta... I have that now but ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Blue Gourami
Blue Gourami
Pictus Catfish
Pictus Catfish
Like Tree3Likes

Reply
Old 04-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #11
JDM
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Tetras = teeth = long fins are snacks

Corys, catfish and some barbs might make it with a Betta... I have that now but the Betta is still questionable after 4 months and not for any aggressiveness on his part. Being that our Betta was pre-tank he went in with very careful consideration of the downsides. I wouldn't have chosen that mix otherwise... at least the betta mix anyway, I'd prefer another small group of tetras but Oscar (our Betta) will probably be a round for a while yet.

Jeff.
JDM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 12:21 PM   #12
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JDM View Post
Tetras = teeth = long fins are snacks
Teeth or no teeth, most fish are capable of nipping. Like with ANY group of fish, some species are more prone to nipping than others. Such blanket statements are very misleading, and inaccurate in my experience. There are only a few species that fall into that category.
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 12:38 PM   #13
JDM
 
JDM's Avatar
 
That was just something I found while researching fish for my tank, a lot more tetras seem to be labelled as nippers than others.... I suppose it's about as accurate as the 1" rule so, yah, over generalization probably applies.

Jeff.
JDM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 12:49 PM   #14
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
The manner in which fish are kept plays a huge role in their behavior, with tank size being perhaps the most important component. I place as much credence in those labels as I do in the "minimum tank size" labels, with which I rarely agree.
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 01:18 PM   #15
JDM
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
The manner in which fish are kept plays a huge role in their behavior, with tank size being perhaps the most important component. I place as much credence in those labels as I do in the "minimum tank size" labels, with which I rarely agree.
Curious, without trying to generalize again, do you tend toward larger or think that smaller would still work? Personally I would tend to go larger but that isn't based on experience so much as keeping the fishes' natural environment in mind... basically rivers, streams and lakes are larger then anything we can hope to provide.

Maybe I'm getting this thread off topic.

Jeff.
JDM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 01:34 PM   #16
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Aside from the personal observations of aquarists, the only (so far) scientific study that looked specifically into aggressive behaviour among shoaling fish did determine that when kept in larger groups and in larger tanks, aggressiveness was much less likely to occur among all species, be they "aggressive" by nature (such as Serpae Tetra) or not (black neon tetra). The study concluded that when kept in groups less than five, shoaling fish almost always became aggressive to each other and/or other species. And when the tank was small, aggression also increased among all species. I haven't seen the actual numbers for "small" and whatever, but the conclusions are pretty clear in themselves: the more space and the larger the shoal, the better for the fish [= less stress].

Byron.

Last edited by Byron; 04-28-2013 at 01:49 PM..
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 01:45 PM   #17
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
I don't think it's off topic, because the topic is keeping a betta in a community. Like I mentioned in my first post, the larger the tank, the better the chances of success. People often want to make their 10 gallon tank into a betta community, which is really not a good idea. I certainly wouldn't try it in any LESS, but a 10 is really small. Small for the betta to share, and small for the community fish in general. I don't think a 10 is a good community tank, with or without a betta. In my experience, fish are more apt to nip when they are cramped for space.

I generally don't like providing the "minimum". Like you said, keeping them in any sized tank is ALREADY a minimum....so keeping them in a minimum tank is giving them the smallest of the small. Too, this goes hand in hand with minimum school sizes. My viewpoint is different than most though - I don't directly care about the fish; I care about my enjoyment in watching them. I don't feed them the best food so that they can eat the best food, I do it so that they will look their best. I provide them with large tanks so that I can watch them swim, not because I care about stunting them. I provide them with larger schools because I like seeing a larger group of fish. Tying this back to the topic of the thread - bettas are beautiful fish, which is mostly tied to their fins. I would not want to keep a betta in a situation where it's fins are all chewed up, because that's not attractive. In a larger tank, this is less likely to be the outcome. But as I said, there are no guarantees.
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #18
 
Adamson's Avatar
 
I feel like you need a showpiece for this tank. Maybe a small ancient fish, or some Roseline Barbs?
Adamson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2013, 08:32 PM   #19
 
jaysee's Avatar
 
I would not consider putting my roselines in a 4 foot tank. They grow significantly larger than what they are sold at.
Byron likes this.
jaysee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stock My Tank (55 gallon) TMF89 Cichlids 3 09-16-2010 02:35 PM
Stock my tank stiltman Freshwater and Tropical Fish 5 08-31-2009 07:00 AM
New tank ^_^ help me stock it? Little-Fizz Freshwater and Tropical Fish 7 11-17-2007 10:18 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:41 AM.