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angemister 07-09-2010 06:00 AM

New to tropical fish
Hello everyone :)

I've had goldfish for about 5 years now and know all about the basics (cycling, food, care etc.). I will soon be moving my 4 year old Comet into a much bigger tank and hopefully getting another goldfish friend for it as the tank it is now is not suitable for a goldfish. I don't want the old tank to be empty so I thought I'd try out tropical fish.

Now for someone who has never had tropical fish I have done a fair bit of reading on them and as I know about cycling I'm not a total newbie :P However, I'm no expert so I'm looking for some easy to care for tropical fish. The tank is only 22 litres (about 6 gallons) so I imagine I'll only be able to keep 1 or 2 fish in there max and I only want 2 fish max. in there because I want to keep it personal.

I'm thinking I may put a betta in there but would love a little companion for it. I would love to get a bottom feeder fish, something that is quiet and just likes to sit around and suck all day :P I think a betta and a fish like that would go well together.

So after all what I need to know is what tropical fish are good for a beginner with a small tank and that will hopefully get on with a betta. Perferably a little sucking fish like a bristlenose but I'm open to any suggestions.

dorabaker 07-09-2010 06:53 AM

dont take my word on any of this, this is all just based on my personal experience, but i'd reccomend corydoras catfish. theyre peaceful and small and absolutely adorable, they do need to be kept in shoals or at least pairs though. my first tropical fish were corys, and although i cant say i looked after them too well, when i got my second lot of corys i had great success and had them for about 3 years...try peppered corys they are one of the hardier species :) here's the species profile for them :
hope that helps :)

LisaC144 07-09-2010 08:26 AM

Cories shoud be kept MINIMUM 3. The more the better. for a 6 gallon tank, I'd go with dwarf cories. Most time betta's will leave cories alone because they mostly hang onthe bottom, but some bettas won't tolerate anything. You can also try a mystery snail or two if the cories don't work out.

kitten_penang 07-09-2010 09:36 AM

this will show you why corydoras like to live in's in their nature =)

LisaC144 07-09-2010 09:38 AM

Great little video :-)

kitten_penang 07-09-2010 09:47 AM

tanks but it isn't mine =) it's used for educational purposes only lol

WH2O 07-09-2010 12:09 PM

If you want to have a clean up crew than use shrimp.
For the top you could use 2 male platys or guppies. Dont add females or you will have excess fry.

Also look up dwarf african frogs.

tanker 07-09-2010 05:49 PM

I have apple snails (I think they're the same as the mystery snails LisaC144 suggested) in 2 of my betta tanks and they are ideal for what you're after. From what I read before I got them, you do have to watch out for aggression from the bettas. The bettas I've got them in with are fine with them and haven't attacked them.

(I love that cory video, too.:-))

squilky 07-09-2010 08:31 PM

I agree about the mystery snails. They do great at keeping things clean and I find them very entertaining to watch. Ive had a male betta and mystery snail in a small 2.5 gallon tank and they get along fine. When I first got the snail, the Betta would kind of hover around it and poke at it's antenna from time to time. But the snail has got larger and the betta doesnt mess with him anymore.

dorabaker 07-09-2010 09:05 PM

...i just had to pop in to say that video is amazing! now i feel really guilty about keeping my first corys in pairs :shock:

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