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PrettyKitty187 11-29-2007 05:37 PM

My friend gave me an aquarium...
 
had one when I was younger but only had a betta and an algae eater in there...li'l 10 gallon thing


anyhow, a friend of mine had one of those gigantic piranahs in there that died and he was moving blah blah blah anyhow I ended up with the tank and I am thinking about starting a freshwater aquariums with live plants and whatnot (haha, yeah, I've been doing a lot of research and I still don't know what I'm talking about lol) but the compatability lists I have found are quite complicated

it's 55gal btw

anyhow, I wanted to buy some zebra fish and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what other varieties of fish would be the most compatible with zebra fish (one of the websites I read said that I need some that swim around near the surface, some that hang out around the bottom, and some that chill in the middle) so...umm...yeah...

advice? please?

PrettyKitty187 11-29-2007 05:40 PM

oh...and umm...

are bettas compatable with zebra fish because I was very attached to Bob (he lived for three years :D) and I would like to be able to have another to put in the tank

just one little guy :)

Lupin 11-29-2007 05:52 PM

Welcome to Fishforum.com, Kitty.:wave:

I'd suggest cycling the tank first before you add anything. This thread is very detailed and should hopefully help you.
http://fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=3738

I'd suggest looking into Cyprinids and Atherinids section as you get plenty of choices. Here are a few I can suggest:

Bottom: Bumblebee gobies (not all are brackish water species), Garra, Siamese algae eater, hara hara catfish, corydoras

Middle: Rasboras, barbs (research further on this one), tetras

Surface: Bettas, gouramis, danios, some rasboras such as Rasbora wilpita.

A list of what you like will be nice so we can trim them down to erase any discrepancies.:)

As for bettas and danios kept together, it's basically luck. The danios may not nip him but there is always the chance they will. Besides, these are boisterous eaters and can outcompete the betta for food.

PrettyKitty187 11-29-2007 06:20 PM

http://www.glofish.com/

I was looking into getting two or three of those, has anyone heard of them or any experience with them?

and I want a pretty brightly colored aquarium :) but I'm still looking into various possibilities

I was planning on getting the tank setup and the plants in it for a week or two before I actually get any fish to put into it just to be sure there aren't any impurities in the water, and to see how the plants react. The aquarium I had when I was younger I just had cheapy plastic wal mart plants in it


what about live rock? My husband swears it's only possible with a salt water setup but I don't want to use plain old gravel

Lupin 11-29-2007 06:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PrettyKitty187
http://www.glofish.com/

I was looking into getting two or three of those, has anyone heard of them or any experience with them?

They're still similar to ordinary zebra danios so they're hardy.
Quote:

what about live rock? My husband swears it's only possible with a salt water setup but I don't want to use plain old gravel
I agree with your husband. Live rocks are best kept in saltwater environments.

PrettyKitty187 12-01-2007 06:01 PM

okay, I'm thinking so far a couple of danios and a couple kissing gourami but I read a few things that said gouramis beat up danios...and then a couple of other things that said gouramis get along fine with danios...and different compatability charts have said different things

so umm...which one is true?

Unrulyevil 12-01-2007 09:57 PM

hahaha :lol:

Ok.... #1!!!! Cycle the tank !! otherwise u'll be left with no fish. ALL WILL DIE!!!

#2 Zebras and gouramis are totally fine together.

PrettyKitty187 12-02-2007 04:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unrulyevil
hahaha :lol:

Ok.... #1!!!! Cycle the tank !! otherwise u'll be left with no fish. ALL WILL DIE!!!

#2 Zebras and gouramis are totally fine together.

I am! I'm just planning everything right now before I actually set it up lol

okiemavis 12-03-2007 07:31 PM

I agree that the zebras will nip at your betta. Sometimes things work out though, as fish have different personalities. If you *must* have a betta, I'd recommend getting all the other fish that may be aggressive towards it when they are very young and small, and after you know your betta is happy and healthy. I've got an aggressive Chinese Algae Eater who is fine with the guys he grew up with, but is mean to the newer additions.

Also, don't get any fancy guppies if you have a betta, even a female betta! The fancy fins of the guppy are just too tempting, your guppy will not survive.


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