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mibi_fibi 08-20-2007 07:57 AM

Tetras as Tankmates
 
Single Blue Male Betta seeks tankmates....
To share a filtered 6 gal aquarium with live plants and 3 amano shrimp.
Must be preferably the smallest species (would like to have 4), be very peaceful, and definitely no fin nipping !
Must also be hardy, as water is slightly basic, and landlord is fairly new to keeping an aquarium (but treies to do a lot of research :wink: )

Falina 08-20-2007 11:39 AM

I voted glowlights but I'd go for either glowlights or neons because black neons get a bit bigger than the other 2.

tophat665 08-20-2007 01:10 PM

Black neons do get a bit bigger than neons, and Glow Lights are more sedate, less nippy, and less likely to attract aggression from a betta than neons. If you go with 3, then Lemon tetras might be nice, but if you're going for the optimum school of 6, go with the glow lights.
JT

leifthebunny 08-20-2007 03:39 PM

I've got both the black and glowlights and like them both. I voted glowlights because I've noticed that they are a bit more skittish and less likely to cause troubles.

Lupin 08-20-2007 05:33 PM

Glowlights for me.:)

mibi_fibi 08-21-2007 08:02 PM

OK, Glowlights it is !!!
Thanks everyone for the insight, I'll keep you posted how it goes. I've purchased them and they are in a QT for now. I suppose I'll wait 1 - 2 wks til adding them to the main tank. (too short? too long?)
Unfortunately one of the poor guys has a 'damaged' spot just in front of his tail fin. Got them from a reputable store, so it must be a wound rather than something else, but I'm playing it safe. His behaviour seems normal enough. Any recommendations on a general purpose med? Something to help him heal and also kill off any potential badness to speed up the quarantine? The water conditioner has aloe vera in it but maybe I need something more potent?

leifthebunny 08-21-2007 08:34 PM

I don't generally run a quarentine tank. I trust my LFS to quarentine tanks that they know have sick fish (one of their tanks I joke with them about being the tank of death as they seem to always be going through ick :P so it's almost always hooked up on a UV sterilizer). A week is a good time to watch the fish though.

As for injuries, melafix is pretty good if you want to medicate to speed up healing.

tophat665 08-21-2007 08:58 PM

Second the melafix. I generally dose with pimafix too.

Remember that, if you need to dose the betta tank with either, you have to cut way back on the dosage. I think it's a fifth of the normal dosage, but do your research - do not take my word for it. If either of my bettas were wounded I surely would.

BTW, I understand that it's one of the Tetras that has the ripped fin, I just know that there may be an occasion after you put them with the betta that you have the same issue; hence the caution.

leifthebunny 08-21-2007 09:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tophat665
Remember that, if you need to dose the betta tank with either, you have to cut way back on the dosage. I think it's a fifth of the normal dosage, but do your research - do not take my word for it. If either of my bettas were wounded I surely would.

Bettafix is the watered down Melafix. I think that's a fallacy though as I have used Melafix in my betta tanks and both of my bettas are doing fine. I had to dose once after one betta sucked out a harlequin rasbora's eye. Later I had to re-dose when ich creeped in both my betta's tanks. Both bettas are still doing fine.

mibi_fibi 08-22-2007 09:17 PM

Back from the store with Melafix and Pimafix. Did lots of research, and yes I did read about the Bettafix... found this somewhere:
"MelaFix - MelaFix is 1.0% Melaleuca. It is the more concentrated, or stronger, of the two remedies.

BettaFix - BettaFix is 0.2% Melaleuca. It is less concentrated than Melafix, this means for every one drop of Melafix, you would need 5 drops of BettaFix to get the same amount of Melaleuca. "

From the instructions, Melafix uses 5mL per 10 gal, and Bettafix uses 2.5mL per gallon, or 25mL per 10 gal.
You can see that you end up with the same amount of Melaleuca, using 5 times as much Bettafix than Melafix.

I agree, don't understand why they say not to use Melafix on Bettas.

Anyhoo,
Thanks again for the advice, keep your fingers and fins crossed for my wee tetras.
:wink:


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