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Old 03-31-2012, 05:31 PM   #1
Question New to the Whole Fish World

We have recently gotten my son a 3.5 gallon tank. We have 1 male half moon veil tail Beta, 1 red wag platy, 1 albino cory cat, and 1 "mixed fruit" tetra. When I received these fish I knew nothing about aquariums. Since then I have done some research and have found that I literally knew NOTHING. I did not treat, condition, test anything. I used room temp. bottled water to start the tank and let it cycle for 24 hours per tank instructions. Now I have gotten the test strips and found that the tank is a little on the alkaline side. I have also found that the mixed fruit tetra was probably given the green color by injection or dipping and that it along with the red wag and cory cat are schooling fish. My questions are is this tank too small for these four fish? What do I need to do to ensure the proper environment and their health? The all seem to be getting along and living just fine, but I want to make sure as the grow that the continue to live stress-free, peaceful, happy lives. I did not realize how great and rewarding having a fish tank in my home could be. Thank you in advance for any information, knowledge, or help towards my newly acquired hobby.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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Hey I'm a total noob as well so cannot answer your query with any conviction, although it might be better to post in the freshwater tropical forum section as you will probably get more responses.

The fact that you now know there are certain rules and requirements to fish keeping is a giant leap in the right direction! There is soo much to lean and understand and I am positive the friendly folks here will help you no end!!

All the best

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Old 04-01-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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first off welcome to the hobby, it is quite rewarding to have a healthy tank going.
Your 3.5 gallon tank would be fine for the Betta, and maybe a couple snails but thats about it.
If you want to keep other fish you will need a bigger tank, I suggest looking into the fish you want to keep then research what thier requirments are, I love the little cories I have but they need to be in groups of 4-6.
platties also like to have company and you could have 3-4 of those.
I'm not to sure about the tetras.
Alot of people start off with a 10 gallon and soon find out they should have more room, so I suggest starting with a 20 gallon. get itgoing and cycled properly than start adding your fish. Many of us here do not trust the test strips, they are extremely inaccurate, get a API Master Test Kit, you'll get much better results and get many more tests for your money, they run about 30 bucks but shop around, I hear PETMOUNTAIN.COM has some for a good price.You might consider taking the other fish you have back to the petshop untill your tank is up and ready. research the cycling process and follow that, your fish will thank you for it. good luck and welcome.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:04 PM   #4
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hello and welcome.
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Old 04-03-2012, 06:33 PM   #5
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Welcome to TFK
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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