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Olympia 04-24-2012 09:28 PM

Paradise fish tank size...
 
So, I had paradise fish as a kid, I love them (though mine were in horrible care before). My family has a soft spot for them.

The TFK profile for them says 25 gallons.
Another fish site says 25 gallons for a pair.

Are these really active fish or something?
I wanted to get a lone male, though. Nicely planted tank... is 25 gallons needed for a single male? I was hoping a little smaller, around 10 gallons. I'm not trying to challenge the facts, just curious if the number is smaller for a lone male. He'd do fine on his own, right? :lol:

Is there any non-betta anabantid that would do well in 10 gallons? :s

Tazman 04-24-2012 09:45 PM

They are somewhat aggressive, get to about 2 inches and need a planted tank with open swimming areas.

Sounds about right a 25g needed for a pair, a single fish probably slightly smaller...I have never kept one but considered it and am going off memory here.

Olympia 04-24-2012 10:04 PM

Yea, don't want to have 2 or more. Just one male. 10 gallons would be all the room I could reserve for him on his own. Might even end up female, all the ones at the store are so washed out it's impossible to tell.
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Tazman 04-24-2012 10:06 PM

If you have Big Als anywhere near you, check them out, they usually have them or at least can order them for you?

Olympia 04-24-2012 10:23 PM

Nawh. Small town. We have a few local stores. There's a good one about 20 minutes away that I'm dying to go to.
I love the roundtail species. Too bad they aren't that common. :(
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Tazman 04-24-2012 10:28 PM

Order online?

Olympia 04-24-2012 10:38 PM

I wish. It seems like a lot of hassle. There aren't many Canadian online fish shops I know of either.
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Tazman 04-24-2012 10:51 PM

These guys ship and it is not really any different than collecting a parcel only it is live!

Check here, also this site (even though it is mainly cichlids, Spencer actually sells many other species and ships Canada wide)

Byron 04-25-2012 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Olympia (Post 1058554)
Yea, don't want to have 2 or more. Just one male. 10 gallons would be all the room I could reserve for him on his own. Might even end up female, all the ones at the store are so washed out it's impossible to tell.
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In my view, a 10g is way too small for any fish attaining close to 4 inches. A 15g or 20g at 24 inches is minimum, with no other fish of course.

Olympia 04-25-2012 02:50 PM

Darn. No paradise fish for me. :( I really like the Macropodus spechti, but they can get even bigger than 4". Maybe someday. Weird how betta are the only anabantids that thrive in small spaces.


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