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crs1945 08-09-2011 06:47 AM

Kind of fish
 
I'm thinking of getting a 3 gal. desktop tank for my den.What kind and number of fish would you recommend for a newbie to get Thanks

BarbH 08-09-2011 09:49 AM

Hello and welcome to TFK :-D With a 3 gal you choices are rather limited, one possiblitly that comes to mind would be that you could keep a betta in this size tank. Although even a betta a 5 gallon would be better. You would have more options available to you if you did a 5 gall. Just something to think about.

crs1945 08-10-2011 10:16 AM

I'm torn between a 5 gal corner tank and a 3 gal cylinder tank. 5 gal = more fish, 3 gal = less space. Thanks.

tf1265 08-10-2011 12:54 PM

Are you buying a kit that comes with everything you'll need, or just the tank?

If you are planning on doing it right and getting things like a filter, heater, air pump, etc. then you're better off going with a 5 gallon. The amount of money you'll spend on "extra" necessities won't be worth it for a 3 gallon.

Also, once you get a 3 gallon you are likely to want more fish (it always happens, so just be prepared). If you have a 3 gallon, you're stuck. The filter, heater, etc are too small to use in any other tank. If you have a 5 gallon, some of the equipment is also good enough that it could be used in a 10 gallon when you decide to upgrade.

Christople 08-10-2011 12:59 PM

cherry red shrimp or maybe eye spot rasboras

SinCrisis 08-10-2011 01:29 PM

3g tanks are perfect for small inverst. snails and dwarf shrimp would do great in those tanks. Just make sure you keep up with the water quality.

crs1945 08-11-2011 06:43 AM

Both are kits. The 3gal is a 360 DEGREE VIEWING and the 5gal is a corner tank. The 3 gal is a UGF and the 5 is a HOB filter. At a inch per gal rule, neither can hold many fish.Thanks for all the replies>

SinCrisis 08-11-2011 09:26 AM

the inch per gallon rule should only be loosely estimated. Some fish will produce less waste than others. Many of the dwarf species can be kept in a 5g in groups of 6-8 because they produce less waste. If you get the 5g kit, you can easily keep a shoal of dwarf rasboras or cory's.

Christople 08-14-2011 12:09 PM

yes what Sincrisis said


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