tank mate suggestions?
hey i have a 10 gallon with some fake plants, a fake rock thing and a peice of petrafied wood. i have 3 shrimp a betta and a mystery fish i got from a science teacher. im taking the betta out so i can start a comunity tank, and the mystery fish is pretty even tempered and not too flashy but very pretty if u look at it closely, anyway im looking to getting some tank mates later in the week, any sudgestions? im hoping to have a pretty tank. i have a preset heater at 78-80 and a filter. my tank has a lid. i have black and white sand in the bottom
i havent looked at the profiles. and i dont know what type of fish i want, i would like some sudgestions so i can get a better idea of what fish are out there
We need to know your tap water parameters (pH, hardness) in order to best direct you to types of fish. Not all fish manage in all water. You can find this out from your municipal water supply folks; some have a website with water data posted, or they will tell you. We want to know the hardness, both GH (general) and KH (carbonate, sometimes called Alkalinity or bicarbonate), plus the pH.
Also, this "mystery fish" must be identified. It may appear sedate, but add other fish like small fish (for a 10g) and things could change. Can you post a photo?
i have tried posting photos to no avail. i have some on my facebook acount. my dad works for the water people here and doesnt remember what the ph is but i'll ask him when he gets home. i went to my local fish store today and they said since im 2 weeks in not to add new fish. this store is very trustable. it only hires devoted fishkeepers and hobbyists. i have only seen 1 or 2 dead fish ever at that store one has just died, and the other was being removed. their hiring and im tempted to aply. i figure since any fish they have there is most likely in my local water they may be able to help
Go back to the pet store and ask them to recommend a good water testing kit. The liquid drops tend to be more reliable than the test strips, but either would work fine unless you decide to get fish that are very very specific about conditions. If you want to cycle your tank (which you really really should, and if you don't know how you should ask them about that as well. It will be much easier on you AND your fish in the long run), a test kit is pretty crucial anyway. It will allow you to come back to this forum and post all the water parameters that you will be asked for anytime you ask a question :)
You can also take a sample of your tank water to most pet stores (and if this one is even close to as good as you say it is, it should do it) and have it tested (just make sure whatever you put it in is CLEAN of any residues or cleaning products). THey will be able to give you the hardness of the water in addition to the pH, as well as other levels of things like ammonia and nitrates and nitrites that will kill your fish quickly if you aren't monitoring them.
we actualy dont put amonia in the water here, we use chloramines.and they actualy offered to do a water test for me when i came in to buy some fish. they where closing when we got there so we ended up just going to petsmart, i got a mollie and two platys and an otto
YOU don't put ammonia in, your fish do. They excrete it. Too much of it in the water will kill them. If you put all those fish in your tank at once, chances are at least a couple of them will die pretty quickly. Especially if you aren't monitoring the ammonia levels. Fish are very sensitive, they live in areas that have been in ecological equilibrium for ages. Just tossing them in water so they can breathe isn't enough to keep them alive and thriving. Please browse the sections of this site that tell you how to cycle your tank and monitor your water levels, for the sake of your fish.
Also be careful, because more often than not in a group of fish purchased from Petsmart at least one of them will bring some disease or parasite into your tank. They are not welll-trained enough to monitor those things at chain pet stores.
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