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Old 07-29-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question 3-Gallon Mini Tank and Tetras

I'm limited on space but have been thinking for a while about getting a 3-gallon mini Tank. Walmart has a 3-gallon round tank that would fit my available space. The fish I'm considering are a few Tetras (5-10, Neon, Glowlight and Cardinal), a couple African Dwarf Frogs, and a few ghost shrimp. Would those numbers be too high for such a small space?

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Welcome to AA! Yes that is way to small for that many fish. Would a 10gallon 10"x20" fit your space as that will open up your options.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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Agree with Thom.

A 10 gallon kit wouldn't cost that much more, and you could do a school of 6 of one of the species you mentioned. A 3 gallon isn't suitable for any of those fish, unfortunately.
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well maybe the ghost shrimp and the dwarf frog would fit in the 3 gallon. another bad problem with that is limited surface area.
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and easily flucuated water readings
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i get so mad when i see a small aquarium with a picture of lots of fish on the box. Where i come from, that's plain called false advertisement.
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Bear in mind that fish naturally swim back and forth, not so much up and down, especially fast, schooling species like the ones you've picked out. You need a tank that is longer, rather than tall, for them.
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What would be a good fish(s) to put in such a size tank? I don't want to do Bettas or guppies. Is there anything else that would work well?

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In a 3g there wouldn't be many other options. But you can have a cool biotope with plants, frog, snails and shrimp.
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If you have a good lfs nearby you should go take a look. Species for nano tanks are sprouting up all the time. I saw some microrasboras that were only 1/2" long at my lfs last time I went. And that was about full grown. I like the idea of Red Cherry Shrimp. I raise them for my lfs and I have a 10 gallon tank dedicated to them. They are very interesting to watch, you wouldn't be bored with them. I wouldn't recommend having fish with them and they require *very* good water quality or they will die.

A pet African Dwarf Frog is also not a bad idea. They need to eat blood worms though, so you have to be dedicated in your feeding and clean up. A 3g tank won't really hold much...are you sure that's all you have room for?
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