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Aside 01-10-2013 03:19 PM

low maintenance fish suggestions
 
So I was showing my dad's girlfriend my betta and she expressed interest in getting her own fish tank. I recommended she get a betta but I think she wants to get a couple fish. She wants something pretty low maintenance I think. I don't think she really knows all that goes into a fish tank but I think she will be willing to learn before she gets a fish. She loves animals and I trust her to do well by them.

She is away from home sometimes so needs a fish that can go at least 3-4 days without food (again, I recommended a betta). I don't think she wants to set up a huge tank, probably a 5.5 or 10 gallon.

She seems to really want blue fish.

Any recommendations?

Byron 01-10-2013 06:53 PM

We will need to know water parameters (GH, pH of her source water) to suggest possible species. Not much will work in a 5g, and even a 10g is pretty small space. So this leaves us with the dwarf species of which most have fairly defined preferences for water, hence the question.

Byron.

fishybert 01-10-2013 10:22 PM

guppies i suppose. Endler's livebearers if you can get hold of them. Just make sure to get all males.

imho, there's very little difference, size-wise between a 5gal and 10 gal -- go for the latter.

my.02

thekoimaiden 01-11-2013 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by fishybert (Post 1386307)
guppies i suppose. Endler's livebearers if you can get hold of them. Just make sure to get all males.

imho, there's very little difference, size-wise between a 5gal and 10 gal -- go for the latter.

my.02

I'd say double the water volume is a pretty big difference....

That being said, unless she has really soft water five blue male guppies in a planted 10 gal could be a really nice setup. Most other blue fish are shoaling fish, and the ones that can fit in a 10 gal are pretty sensitive and by no means low-maintenance. You should really try to convince her to get a betta in a 5 or 10 gal as that honestly seems like the best option to me.


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