02-27-2009, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by BORGUSX
Why can't you just get a another tank for Buzz and one fish that is 5 inches and by itself in a 30 gallons seem to me,that the tank is suitable for Buzz.
Rule of thumb:1 gallon per inch! So,5 inches equal 5 gallons and 30 gallons is 6 times as big!
That is the rule...but it doesn't really pan out that way. For example, if you put that 5" fish in a 5 gallon he is not even going to be able to turn around, and he will also produce WAAYY too much waste. Your tank needs to have the right depth for the fish you choose as well. For example, you wouldn't want a 12" pleco in a 55 gallon tank because he's barely going to have room to turn around. That rule is more for smaller fish and it isn't even accurate at that.
I wouldn't bring Buzz to a petstore though. If he already has fin rot, he's a goner there. I'm sorry I'm so much of a pessimist when it comes to fish stores, but really I haven't ever been to a good one. Plus, with all those fish coming in and out, and the fact that most stores just want fish to move quickly so they don't bother quarantining properly or at all, disease is really high and a fish with an already damaged immune system just isn't going to do well. If you can find a suitable home for him, I'd just explain to your kids why he HAS to go no matter what. They are young and will get over it soon, especially when they get to pick out lots of new colorful fish!
Or you could embrace Buzz, get a bigger tank, and give him some similar sized tank mates
. That'd be neat, but I don't know if you want all that work or to spend the money.