brand new to fish, can't have bigger than 10g tank
Hi there, Being that I live in a dorm room about 8 months out of the year, I can't have any larger than a ten gallon tank, but I really want to get started on having my own aquarium. I am super excited and so far all I have gotten is a book (Animal Planet's Freshwater Aquariums) but it seems to have really good information in it.
I've been looking around, and what I was thinking was maybe just a pair of Dwarf Gourami, a few platies, and some Zebra Danios. I know from searching that they're all compatible, I'm just not sure if a ten gallon tank would be enough room for them, and how many of the platies and Danios I should get. The book has some suggestions for first tanks, but I wasn't totally crazy about any of the combinations.
I have read all about cycling the tank first and such, but if you have any advice you think would be helpful that isn't likely to come up anywhere else would be great.
Or am I getting way ahead of myself and should just get a beta for now?
bettas are great but there , a few other options for there tank. you could do guppys, swordtails. molies platys dannios and few others. but not all together or you could a a planted tank with a few shrimp and a few small fish there are other things you could do but i just woke up and im short on ideas. by the eay what school in va are u at im also from va in lynchburg good luck with the tank
Ten gallons gives you a lot of options.
Livebearers such as guppies or platies
Some of the smaller tetras, like neons
Rasboras, like harlequins or anything similar
A single dwarf cichlid
Any shrimp you please, and a lot of them
Or as iamntbatman suggests:
Hi all, thanks for the advice. due to the fact that there is limited space (a ten gallon tank would take up most of my desk, not to mention changing the water would be an absolute pain in the rear) I decided to for now just get a beta and a smaller tank, until the summer, when I could get whichever size i chose and be able to take care of it more. What tank size would you suggest?
oops sorry I found it by searching.
Ok apparently the tank I bought is a bit too small, but it technically was a gift, so in about a week I'll get a proper sized one, a 2.5 gallon. As of right now he seems fairly happy, He is flitting around the plant, exploring, stretching his fins out beautifully and then stopping to stare at me for a moment like he's seeing what i'm doing. There is a bubbler/under gravel filter in his tank as well, and when its not bubbling, he goes down to the bottom and sulks. But when its going he flits around it and watches it and occasionaly nips a bubble. I plan to do water changes daily until he gets a better home. I have dubbed him fernando.
The biggest is better. Bigger tanks are actaully easier to care for.
A 2 and 1/2 gallon would be just fine for a betta. You'll enjoy your betta. They have great personalities.:)
Bettas r awesome! have fun with him!
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