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Old 06-08-2013, 07:35 PM   #21
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Hey guys I have

2 platys, 2 ghost shrimp and a sucker/cleaner fish in a walmart "starter" gallon tank that I had established the other day

as a impulse buy

I also threw a real plant in there for some reason

the guy at walmart said that I have a lot of fish for the gallon....

question 1:
Is that true? I know walmart isn't the greatest place to get aquariaum advice

question 2:
Upgrading to a 5 gallon fluval chi from petsmart a good idea?

question 3:
if I upgrade to the fluval chi can I stick a moss ball in it? (they look awesome)

I know pretty much nothing about fish
I would never keep fish in less than a 2.5 gallon aquarium. I would look into a 5 gallon aquarium, aqua culture has a decent starter kit, or you could get a 2.6 gallon fluval spec 3, expensive but it is worth the money in my opinion. Your fish will be much happier with a filter and light and more space and air. 1 gallon tanks are kind of like leaving 10 pple in a elevator for their life so def look into a bigger tank.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:19 PM   #22
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I would never keep fish in less than a 2.5 gallon aquarium. I would look into a 5 gallon aquarium, aqua culture has a decent starter kit, or you could get a 2.6 gallon fluval spec 3, expensive but it is worth the money in my opinion. Your fish will be much happier with a filter and light and more space and air. 1 gallon tanks are kind of like leaving 10 pple in a elevator for their life so def look into a bigger tank.
NO anything under 5gs isn't a option at all!!! 5gs is the smallest size the OP should do!!
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #23
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NO anything under 5gs isn't a option at all!!! 5gs is the smallest size the OP should do!!
Fluval chi would work perfectly by the way but the op could totally keep his 2 platies in a 2.5 - 5 gallon. As long as the op stays up on water changes and stuff like that,
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:55 PM   #24
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but the OP doen't wanna have to do more than 1 water change a week so that won't work
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Old 06-08-2013, 10:35 PM   #25
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Maybe a 8 gallon would be better then because my 8 gallon can go a month without a water change usually with Bout 6 mollies. It's a biocube with bioballs and tons of foam.
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Since when is it ok to have 6 mollies in a 8 gallons doing monthly water changes? I think 6 mollies is a lot for a 20 gallon, let alone an 8. As for the original question, go buy yourself a ten and re-home the pleco. You kinda dug yourself in a hole with that impulse buy. Oh an it looks like you've got a male and a female platy. Prepare for fry, lots of fry. Gotta find homes for those too.
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I have a 5 gallon and really it takes up almost the same amount of room my 10 gallon used to take up. My 5 gallon was supposed to be a betta tank but then I had to put a few other fish in there to save them from the cichlids my husband brought home to put in my big tank.

I do about 1 to 2 water changes a week usually 50% sometimes 75% change of water per week. Really depends on my water paramaters and all that fun stuff.
A 5 gallon would be the absolute smallest you can go I have a Marineland eclipse 5 gallon. With the tank and some accessories including a heater it cost a little over $80 bucks. If you get a kit they usually come with a filter and all you need to get is a heater and sand/gravel and also decorations if you want any.

As everyone else has suggested you will not be able to keep the pleco unless you upgrade to a big tank post people say no smaller than a 75g for a pleco depending on what kind it is.

Don't worry seems like everyone gets misinformation when they start out this hobby. I know I had the wrong information for years, everyone on here wants to help you out. I think a lot of us were in a position like this at one point or time.
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:21 PM   #28
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but the OP doen't wanna have to do more than 1 water change a week so that won't work
Lol no more once a week? Um, marineland 8g pillar and add a fluval u3 and maybe...Hmm.. Prolly not. At least not without over stressing the fish and throwing balance wildly out of spec...

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