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marinebiologist21 08-24-2007 06:28 AM

First Serious Fish Tank
 
I got a 5-gallon (budget reasons) fish tank yesterday. Tomorrow I plan to buy possibly paroon shark. Is that plausible? Will they get too big? What other fish can I put in there? Will they fight? Please help.
I have a filter and a light, I need no heater because I live in Bermuda, so... is everything okay?

Lupin 08-24-2007 06:38 AM

Welcome to Fishforum.com.:wave:

No fish other than a betta or a trio of Endlers/guppies will fit a 5 gallons. A paroon shark is too large and will require more than 900 gallons tank size.
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marinebiologist21 08-24-2007 06:43 AM

Everyone seems to think you need big.
I went to pick-a-pet and there was plenty of fish that would fit in the tank.
Paroon sharks- how big do they grow?

Lupin 08-24-2007 06:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marinebiologist21
Everyone seems to think you need big.
I went to pick-a-pet and there was plenty of fish that would fit in the tank.
Paroon sharks- how big do they grow?

How big of a tank do they say? You need to buy the biggest tank your wallet can permit you. You don't have to follow what you see in your local fish store. Fish are there for a short period before people buy them. Consider the adult size before you buy a fish.

To answer your question, a lot of paroon sharks can reach 5 feet and over. A 5 gallons fits only a betta or a small group of male guppies or Endlers. That's all.

marinebiologist21 08-24-2007 06:51 AM

Just some questions
How big to red-tailed sharks get
& how big do Tiger Barbs grow

Lupin 08-24-2007 06:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by marinebiologist21
Just some questions
How big to red-tailed sharks get
& how big do Tiger Barbs grow

Red-tailed black shark-5 inches. Need plenty of room. Minimum tank size is 25 gallons.

Tiger barbs-2-3 inches. Allow a minimum number of 6 when keeping them. A tank size minimum recommended is 20 gallons.

marinebiologist21 08-24-2007 06:56 AM

I'm so bummed.
I really wanted a nice aquarium. :(

jones57742 08-24-2007 06:59 AM

Do not know about barbs but I have two red tailed sharks which are easily 5" or more.

Please listen to Lupin as he "has a handle on this".

TR

jones57742 08-24-2007 07:05 AM

MB:

You can have a nice aquarium!

Posts are going by so fast that I am out of synch here.

I would like to have 4 oscars in my 110G community tank but "it just won't work".

Lupin has given you very good suggestions on fish: add a couple of nice plants and you will have what is IMHO "a nice aquarium".

TR

Falina 08-24-2007 07:11 AM

Why not go for a betta and a couple of msytery snails for a bit of variation?

I understand your wanting lots of different fish but really Lupin is tight. With a 5g there aren't really any other options, except the mystery snails like I mentioned, or maybe some cherry shrimp.

A few live plants can still make this a really nice tank. My "prettist" tank is an 8g tank with a betta and mystery snails because I planted it and put in some ncie gravel.


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