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Rough start...Need help PLEASE

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by tyler_medeiros, Feb 6, 2005.

  1. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I am a very beginner. My dad has owned koi all my live but i am more interested in the sharks and catfish.
    Ive had a bumpy start but i think i am starting on my way. I have a 10 gallon aquarium with filter heater the works but no fish.
    I was really interested in the Iredecent shark but ive done some research and they seem to big.
    If you have any suggestions please give me a hand
    thanks
    Tyler
     
  2. M_wm

    M_wm New Member

    Your right ID sharks get huge and shouldnt even be sold in store IMO. I cant really think of any sharks that would do good in a 10 gallon some coris might be pretty cool in there
     
  3. Hooben

    Hooben New Member

    Unfortunately, your tank really limits you to corydoras catfish and guppies or neons. Why not save up some money and try for at least a 30 or 50 gallon tank. You will enjoy your fish more and have less trouble in the long run!
     
  4. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Just want to second what's been said already. 10 gallons really is too small for most fish. It might not be a bad idea to stock it with some hardy fish like guppies or danios just to learn with. Then after you have more knowlege about fishkeeping & aquarium maintenance and have saved up some money you can get a bigger tank.

    -Chele
     
  5. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    Thanks
    I will really look into some other fish.
    My dad used to own a Raimbow shark in a 55 galon and it did pretty good and stayed fairly small. The thing for me getting a bigger tank is I live in an apartment and i really dont have the room. lik ea 10 gallon is pushing it.
    I will keep looking.
    Please keep the suggestions coming in
    Tyler
     
  6. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    i also prefer to have fake plants instead of real ones.
    Me and my dad have tried real a couple of times but we never have any luck
    will that have an effect on what fish i can get???
    Tyler
     
  7. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I keep hearing the term "HARDY FISH"
    can i get some examples??
    thanks
    Tyler
     
  8. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    hardy fish :danios, goldfish, bettas..........fish that are not realy finniky and are easy for begginners to have.....fish that are not hardy for example is a discus......they need perfect water conditions and nutrition and all to live.
     
  9. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    Ive talked to my girlfriend and she says a 20 gallon would be fine.
    How does that change fish types and number of fish.
    I was in petcetera as well looking at their tanks.
    what is a good price for a 20 gallon. I cantfind any prices online.
    im in canada remember.
     
  10. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    It would be easier if you did some looking around to see what's available in your area then told us some of the fish you're interested in. From there we could tell you what is appropriate or not.

    You did mention rainbow sharks so I can tell you they get around 6" which means one would be fine in a 20 gallon (they're aggressive toward their own species and other similar fish so you could only keep one).

    Also, I don't know how much it will help, but my 20 gallon tall cost about $50 American just for the tank. But that was from a small, overpriced mom & pop LFS. You could probably get it a lot cheaper from a chain store.

    -Chelle
     
  11. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    Ok ive done alot of research in the past 2 days and i have talked to many people. I am most likely going to get a 20 gallon tank. I ve looked all over at different pet shops and since there is about 8 in my neighborhood i have a pretty wide range of fish to choose from. Fish I found that i think are suitable are danios, guppies,bettas, dwarf Gourami, tetras, as well as mollies and playties. I've had platies and mollies most of my life, well my dad has so i am kinda looking for something new.
     
  12. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I also wouldnt mind some bottom dwellers but i dont know much about them or any types.
     
  13. Aqueous

    Aqueous New Member

    In my 20 gallon I have 2 dwarf gouramis, 1 powder blue dwarf gourami and 5 zebra danios. The make a pretty nice tank. In the beginning they're a little shy but once they start getting used to you they're quite friendly. All of mine come to the front of the tank when it's feeding time.
     
  14. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I was thinking 2 gouriamis, 4 or 5 zebra danios, and a betta.
    What do i need for hiding spots for the Betta.
    Also do i have to put real plants in or can i use fake.
     
  15. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I was also thinking to put some mollies in it instead of zebras or the betta.
    Im not sure if all the fish will get along tho???
    anyone know?
     
  16. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    I wouldn't mix a betta with gouramis. They're too closely related and will probably fight. Instead of a betta, I'd add another dwarf gourami (1 male & 2 females or 3 females would be good).

    For bottom feeders, you could go with cories or otos (both prefer groups of at least 3). Or there may be some small species of loach that would work.

    And no, you don't have to have live plants. Fake are just fine.

    -Chelle
     
  17. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    How about 2 or 3 mollies instead of the betta or a third Gouriamis.
     
  18. Aqueous

    Aqueous New Member

    I agree with not adding bettas in with gouramis. I tried it with Tikki and one of my gouramis (he was a real mean guy). There was a lot of posturing by Tikki but no real fighting. I decided not to take the chance of keeping them together.

    Never had mollies so I can't comment on if they'd get along.
     
  19. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    Anyone have suggestions on mollies??
     
  20. tyler_medeiros

    tyler_medeiros New Member

    I have a few question about plants.
    Do u need a sand base to have real ones or can they survive in gravel?
    how do you take care of them?
     

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