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giarc721 02-19-2008 07:21 PM

I just picked up two new tanks on I got a 10 gallon and a 20 gallon to go along with my 29 gallon, 2.5 gallon, and my small hex betta tank. Right now I have absolutely no idea want I would like to do with these new tanks. Maybe make one for a breeding tank. I have had mollies and enjoyed when they bred. I also have always wanted a Crayfish. I am kind of on a tight budget seeing that I am broke, so does anyone have any suggestions on what would be some good, cheap things to do with these tanks? I know I have plenty of time to think about it since the have to cycle, but I would enjoy input from everyone, thanks.

SST 02-19-2008 09:31 PM

Upgrade your betta to better surroundings! How little is the little hex tank?

giarc721 02-19-2008 10:16 PM

the hex is at least 2.5 gallons, maybe a little bigger. The betta seems very happy in there, but I have been considering putting him in the bigger thank, but then I would have no reason for the smaller thank anymore.

okiemavis 02-20-2008 11:13 AM

You could do a Dwarf Puffer setup in your 10 gallon. They don't run more than $5 a fish. Also, their favorite food is snails, which makes feeding cheap b/c all you have to do is let one of your tiny tanks become a pest snail tank (the first few snails you can get free from your LFS)

giarc721 02-20-2008 02:57 PM

I do already have an abundance of snails in my 29g, so a dwarf puffer is a definite possibility. Do they require brackish?

Falina 02-20-2008 03:27 PM

No they are a 100% freshwater fish.

okiemavis 02-20-2008 04:05 PM

They don't really do well with other kinds of fish, but you can easily put 2-3 of them in a 10 gallon. I just think they're so cool because their eyes can move separately like a chameleon's, and it makes them look SO intelligent and thoughtful. Especially when considering how best to eviscerate a snail.

giarc721 02-20-2008 04:19 PM

So do you think it would be ok to keep 3 in my new 10 gallon with some big rocks and some java ferns and java moss?

Falina 02-20-2008 04:21 PM


Originally Posted by giarc721
So do you think it would be ok to keep 3 in my new 10 gallon with some big rocks and some java ferns and java moss?

Sounds like a nice little tank. Try to get either a male and 2 females, or 3 females as the males are more territorial, though it can be difficult to sex them when they're young.

crazy4fish 02-20-2008 04:40 PM

that sounds like a good plan. whatever you chose, post some pics when your done decorating. :wink:

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