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MidnightBaelfire 07-26-2011 06:31 PM

New tank...
 
I haven't been here in a while. I lost all the fish in my ten gallon tank to some form of fungus I think. I had a hard time telling and the stuff the man at the pet store recommended didn't help.

I now have a small three gallon tank with a tiny bristlnose pleco and two rosy danios. I really don't want to have any baby fish as my tank is so small and my mother is currently using my old tank. Unfortunately I can't tell my danios apart. Any ideas?

One seems to have really long elegant fins and tail and the other is more, well stubby for lack of a better word. Does that have anything to do with it? Please let me know. If need be I will give one to my mom to prevent them mating....if its not already too late.

Thanks in advance!!

Byron 07-26-2011 07:40 PM

Danio are egg layers, so even if they are a pair, they will readily eat the eggs (if the pleco doesn't first, they will devour eggs). If some fry should survive, they will likely get eaten. This is much different than it is with livebearers which give birth to live young that are much larger and often survive.

Christople 07-26-2011 08:18 PM

beware that the pleco will out grow that tank, and there most likely won't be babies

MidnightBaelfire 07-26-2011 11:51 PM

The owner of the store that I bought the pleco from has assured me that it won't grow to more than a few inches but I plan on keeping an eye on its growth anyway.

Thanks for the quick replies. I'm glad I won't really have to worry about my tank getting over crowded. I don't plan on getting any more fish unless I get a bigger tank.

Byron 07-27-2011 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by MidnightBaelfire (Post 752684)
The owner of the store that I bought the pleco from has assured me that it won't grow to more than a few inches but I plan on keeping an eye on its growth anyway.

Thanks for the quick replies. I'm glad I won't really have to worry about my tank getting over crowded. I don't plan on getting any more fish unless I get a bigger tank.

Any chance you can find out the name of the pleco? Or perhaps post a clear photo?

Store people frequently say a fish won't grow big, but they are under the illusion of that old myth that a fish grows to the tank size. Potentially large fish grow, and if the tank is too small internal stunting occurs and the fish is prone to health problems and usually premature death. There are some small species pleco, like the Bristlenose, but many are 12-18 inches.

Christople 07-27-2011 01:47 PM

which obviously wouldn't work

MidnightBaelfire 07-27-2011 09:03 PM

It is a bristlenose. I would post a picture just to be certain but my tank is cylindrical and all the pics I've tried to take of my fish have been distorted.

Thanks for the info.

Christople 07-27-2011 09:08 PM

I still believe a full grown BN would be to big, maybe not size wise but excretement wise

MidnightBaelfire 07-27-2011 09:10 PM

I have been doing 50% water changes weekly and full cleanups every two to three weeks I don't want to lose more fish. I also have something called Bio-Clear. Its meant for a bigger tanks so I cut down the amount and only use it monthly

Christople 07-27-2011 11:46 PM

I still believe it may be to big


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