5 Gallon Tank
My daughter got a 5 gallon tank for Christmas. We have in it 1 betta, 2 balloon mollies, and 1 juli cory catfish.
I was just wondering if you all think this will work out well? Or have any advice? I have never had a tank before.
We have gravel on the bottom, one fake plant, a structure/decoration ... and have not added any salt.
They all seem find so far except the betta just hides at the top back.
I want these animals to be happy and healthy - thanks in advance for any input!
I am new to aquariums and I find this forum very useful. I added three brilliant rasbora to my new ten gallon aquarium 5 days ago. I feed them twice a day a few flakes of Nutrifin Max. At each feeding they seem to love it and go right to it. I enjoy watching them. This morning I feed them as usually but there was no reaction whatsoever. It was as if I had not added food. Could I be feeding them too often?
I also noticed that one of them sort of stayed by itself.
Any suggestions or advice would help.
Well, there could be a couple issues. 5 gallons is not much water, and the actual amount of water is a little lower due to the gravel, decorations, and the fact that it isn't filled to the brim. (The advertised volume of the tank is calculated from the outside dimensions of the tank)
The Juli Cory Catfish I believe is a schooling fish, which means it's best to keep them in numbers of at least 6 (more is better). A single one won't be happy, and 5g is far too small for the proper number.
The Balloon Molly's could become an issue if they are both male, if either is female you can probably expect fry (babies) as they almost always come pregnant.
All are tropical fish, so you'll need a heater to keep the water up around say 77 deg F. Then lastly you'll need a filter.
Unfortunately ... it dosen't look like the store told you about fish tanks needing to be cycled. I would recommend reading over this post: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
Without a tank being cycled, Ammonia and Nitrite will build up, and both are highly toxic to fish.
However, like I linked above, I would suggest reading the post about cycling a tank... http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
Ammonia and Nitrite are toxic, and can cause what you are describing.
Rasbora are also schooling fish, and should be in groups of at least 6.
Welcome both of you! To the hobby and the forum!
Thank you all for the input!!
The pet store owner told me they two mollies are both female. I wanted two of the same sex so they can't have babies ... right?
I agree with others. Return the cory, they need to be kept in a group. I think one betta and your mollies are all you can fit in that tank.
DreamDust03, female livebearers can store genetic material from males for quite a while. So, if they've been bred in the last 9 months or so, you very well could have babies on the way.
As others have said, I strongly urge you to return or rehome all the fish but the betta. A 5 gallon tank is suitable for a betta and nothing more. Otherwise you will run into problems from overstocking- meaning illness and death.
Please do read the article previously linked, get an API testing kit, test your tank, and do 50% water changes any time the Ammonia or Nitrite readings are over zero, the Nitrate reading is over 20, or weekly, whichever comes first. Fast growing live plants (like stem plants or floating plants) will also help your fish survive the cycle with minimal damage if you have adequate lighting. Using "seeding" material (substrate, filter media, etc.) from a HEALTHY, established tank will also speed and mitigate your cycle. In the future you can do a method of fishless cycle to start up new tanks.
ktone, please also read the link about beneficial bacteria and cycles. Please see my comments above to DreamDust03 about getting an API test kit, doing 50% water changes when readings are unaccpetable (see above) and weekly, getting plants of the fast growing variety, and getting seeding material. Please also consider returning or rehoming your fish, doing a fishless cycle, and finding suitable fish for your size aquarium and water parameters (like pH, etc.)
Good luck to both of you!
hmm umm your betta is just scare do he/she has a line or some white colors? if so then dont worry about that because he/she is just scare because hes/shes alone.
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