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allengw12345 09-17-2012 03:27 PM

Enough Space?
 
Have a 3 gallon tank with a betta, 2 Cory Catfishes, and 3 neon tetra. Would there be any space for a few ghost shrimp? Also should I get more tetras? Heard they are best in a school of 3.

djembekah 09-17-2012 04:18 PM

3 gallons is too small for more than a betta and a couple of shrimp OR one snail. Your little tank is waaaay overstocked. I'd return everything but the betta.

allengw12345 09-17-2012 06:06 PM

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Originally Posted by djembekah (Post 1246800)
3 gallons is too small for more than a betta and a couple of shrimp OR one snail. Your little tank is waaaay overstocked. I'd return everything but the betta.

How big of a tank do you think I should get for that amount of fish?

djembekah 09-17-2012 06:18 PM

at least a ten gallon. A fifteen or twenty would be better. the cories and the tetras would very much appreciate proper sized schools :) 6-8 tetras and 5-6 cories would be a good number to go with your betta in one of those larger tanks.

The cories and the tetras just need lots of space because, even though they are small, they stress out a lot without a proper sized school, and a proper sized school of each needs more space to swim. Your fish will appreciate even just a ten gallon, and at Walmart i've seen entire kits with a filter and hood for jut 30-40 dollars :)

thekoimaiden 09-17-2012 07:11 PM

Some Petcos are also having their dollar per gallon sale right now. You can get a tank large enough for these fish plus some more for a very reasonable price.

Bekah is very right about the schools and the stocking. The tetra need large schools around betta because they can get nippy in small numbers. The more tetra there are, the lower the chance your betta could become a target for aggression.


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