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Old 02-03-2006, 04:03 PM   #1
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Smallest Wet Pet?

What is the smallest wet pet there is? I can have fish in college, but I dont want a 55, I am not sure if there is a maximum tank size, but I think a 55 would be pushing it lol...


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Old 02-03-2006, 04:31 PM   #2
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You could easily keep bettas, guppies, and maybe even bumble bee gobies in a 10 gallon.
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smallest fish your going to find are going to be guppys, neons and maybe rasbora's. The smallest fish including the tank to put around them is going to be a betta. Personally I'd suggest against the Betta bowls, but the 2.5 gallon betta tanks are real nice with filter/heater. That'd be the smallest freshwater setup I could think of.

Big Al's had a 1 gallon saltwater reef setup in the store last week, but I know squat about saltwater so I couldn't tell you what corals/fish were in it. Was seriously tiny and cool lookin though.
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Plenty of folks here are running tanks at or under 20 gal. I would venture to guess that most start the hobby in the 5-10 gallon range (or, heaven forbid, a bowl).

I've got a 1/2 gallon "tank" on my office desk that's outfitted with a 7W 7200k light (I removed the reflector to reduce the output to a manageable level), a Red Sea HOB nano filter, 1" of Eco-Complete substrate, a java fern and a few small cuttings of Anacharis, and a single male Betta. The lamp keeps the water about 6 degrees above ambient (81, in this case). The filter only has simple sponge media, but it works quietly and has adjustable flow. The live plants, porous substrate, and sponges together should make for a nice biological filter.

The whole setup is only 7" x 7" and about 14" tall (Counting the light, which is about 7" above the tank). I paid $21 for the tank/light/filter.


While you can find smaller vase-type setups, they are really too small for even the smallest of fish.

If you look around the gallery, you can find some really gorgeous five and/or ten gallon setups.
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Old 02-03-2006, 05:04 PM   #5
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They just discovered the smallest fish....

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cg...L&type=science
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A betta in a 5 gallon Eclipse type setup would be the easiest and most entertaining. It would be easiest to move but also enough room to do plants if u want.
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i have my beeta in a 2 1/2 gallon eclips tank and he does very well. i was just thinking about planting it a little to make it more interesting. but 5 gallon would be much better and they are very versatile as to what u can do for decorating. one of the best tanks i have ever seen was an 8 gallon planted tank.
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Ah, I believe I should have explained myself a little better


By wet pet, I mean doggy like, like an oscar or midas, etc. lol

I already have 55g mbuna tank, 30g angel tank, and 2.5 planted white cloud tank Plus a male midas in a 90


My midas is/was my favorite, he WAS in the 55, but moved him to the 90 at my highschool where I go in early to do water changes and feed him NLS while the other fish all get a water change every few months and tetramin lol...


I plan on one bigger wet pet tank, and then a bunch of small 10gs.
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you said smallest.. what do you mean by wet? I still don't understand.
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Wet pet normally refers to a single fish that interacts with the owner, taking food from your hand, following you around the room, possibly even letting you pet it. Many large scouth/central american cichlids fit this description. I wanna know the smallest of these wet pets I guessw the term is more popular over on cichlid-forum.com... lol
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