Originally Posted by Bearchumjs
Would you put a 10 inch fish in a 10 gallon tank?
Actually, now that you mention it... No! I guess I was thinking the more usual small fish kind of measurements. Like, I might consider something like 7 ember tetras for a 10 gallon, because I think they grow to 1.2 inches (ish). But I would look it up and check the math before I bought. So, yes, I see what you mean now.
It's more than just inches per gallon. There are other needs, like how much swimming space there is. It just didn't cross my mind that someone might use one measurement only!
Then again, I was in petcetera the other day and the bad advice I heard given out boiled down to 'Sure, you can buy the tank and the fish today! Just start with a few fish, maybe 4.' This was gold fish and one of those goldfish kits that is probably only around 5 gallons! I asked the dad if he had heard about cycling when the clerk wandered off to find baggies. He said no and I suggested he google it. I warned him that his fish might die if he didn't know how to deal with the ammonia. His reaction was to ask his wee girl if she'd be ok with some of the fish dying by mistake. She said yes. Meh. What do you say to that??? I just hope he googled it when he got home.