Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 07-19-2003, 04:00 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tucson
Posts: 2
New Tank Population ???

I have a 10 gallon tank, aqua-tech Regent power filter, bubble wand along back of tank, air pump for 5-15 gallon tank, two plastic plants, two live plants, one sunken ship (about 5 inches long and 3 inches high). 2 neon tetras, 2 guppies, one unknown algae eater... may be Siamese algae eater. The algae eater looks like pics of the Siamese but the black stripe on his side does not have a clean edge on the topÖ the edge has black semicircles (like if you were to place circles near the top of a black line so that just the top 1/4 of the circle was noticeable above the black line). He also has a line of black spots that runs along the top of his back.

I know that you have to have 1 gallon per inch of adult fish, but being new, I do not know how to gauge the size of how big the fish will be at adulthood.

I want to add a betta to the tank. So, I have a couple of questions.
1) How many gallons would 5 neon tetras take up?
2) I would like to have 5 neon tetras (I have read that is the minimum # you should have), the 2 guppies we currently have, 1 betta (I have read they can do well in a community tank with guppies and tetras), and the algae eater I have (which is about 2 Ĺ inches). Is the tank set up too small for these fish?
2a) If so, would finding a home for the algae eater and get something smaller allow me to have all the other fish?
3) The guppies love to go up and down in the bubbles of the bubble wand, but the tetras seem to move along with the currentÖ is the bubble wand too much for them? Although, today they seemed to be edging closer to the wall of bubbles.
4) If it is okay for me to have the fish I want in the tank, will the bubble wand be too much for the betta?

I appreciate any input.
Regeth
__________________

__________________
Regeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 08:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 317
Send a message via MSN to wabyrd
Quote:
I know that you have to have 1 gallon per inch of adult fish, but being new, I do not know how to gauge the size of how big the fish will be at adulthood.
Research your fish before you buy. Browse Petco or Petsmart even and they will tell you on the tag how large they get.

Quote:
I want to add a betta to the tank.
NOOOO! Don't do it. Don't add bettas to any tank that has fish with fancy fins. They will attack your guppies especially!

Quote:
I have read they can do well in a community tank with guppies
Not true, the guppies will likely become victims...

Quote:
The guppies love to go up and down in the bubbles of the bubble wand
They guppies may like it, but bettas like still water. They don't care much for turbulence.

Basically, if you want a betta, get another tank to put him in. He'll be happier as will your other fish.
__________________

wabyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 09:10 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Tucson
Posts: 2
Sounds like a betta is definatly out.
We have had a betta (years ago) in a tank by itself. Upon reading that they did well in community, I was looking forward to being able to get another. I can see it is not meant to be.
Thanks!! I would have hated to have someone get hurt.
__________________
Regeth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 09:52 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,444
Agreed that bettas and guppies are not a good match. But Bettas do not necessarily hate bubbles in the tank. I kept mine in a 10 gallon community for awhile and even though one side of the tank is quite calm he seemed to liek the filter output to play in. And now in his own 5 gallon tank he spends a good portion of the day playing in the bubbles from the box filter.
__________________
tkos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 10:53 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: New Jersey USA
Posts: 23
I had a bubble wand for 6 mon and my guppies didnt care for it but the neons like to go in and out of the bubbles.
__________________
hockeydude1510 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2003, 10:56 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 317
Send a message via MSN to wabyrd
Quote:
Sounds like a betta is definatly out.
Sorry to ruin your plans, but yeah, that's probably best.
__________________

wabyrd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help Decide My Population !! thutton33 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 10 09-06-2008 04:20 PM
population -- over/under pop ? MisticX Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 17 08-28-2008 04:22 PM
Good population for a 10 gallon tank? thinksincode Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 6 08-07-2007 03:08 AM
Population Explosion Equilibrium? theotheragentm Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 03-21-2007 12:05 AM
how to control MTS population? swanandmokashi Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 10-08-2005 09:38 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:25 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×