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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-27-2008, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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best solo fish?

a girl in my department at work had a really cool beta, who sadly passed about a week ago. she is sorta depressed, and has been thinking about a new fishy. i want to get her a new friend as a little xmas gift, but i was wondering...

what's the best fish to keep on its own? its only a one or two gallon tank, i can't imagine keeping more than one fish in there, and i hate the idea of keeping an animal on it's own.

we liked having 'carl' in the office, and i want her to have a friend. any ideas for what could go in the tank next?


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I would not put anything other then a betta in a 1-2 gallon tank.And even that is pretty small.




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she depressed at the small space...give her a ten gallon...you will see what a diff it will make...I keep mine in 4ft and 5ft long tanks..

I honestly dont understand why people think a 1-2 gallon is a sufficient amount to put ANY fish in...it really isnt..they can transport bettas in such small spaces bc they can breathe atmospheric oxygen..but even in their native home they dont live in such places...the puddles in rice patties are actually deep..far more then a ten gallon even


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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 05:38 PM
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Personally i wouldn't put a betta (long term) in anything under 2.5gal. 2 of my males are in 3.6gal tanks and are very happy, they have plenty of room to move around.

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I agree that the tank sounds too small for a fish, even a betta. But if she got a larger aquarium, most of the smaller gourami species would work, as they do fine alone .




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thanks! i thought it was too small... i'm thinking i may just buy her a bigger tank, and let her fill it... someone else suggested ghost shrimp? that they might not mind the small space? would that work, or is the bigger tnak the better idea? like i said, i liked having a lil living thing in the office, it was refreshing. just want to make sure we havea happy lil living thing.


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I would get a bigger tank.
If she doesn't want anything too big,you could get a 5-gallon.




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thanks! i thought it was too small... i'm thinking i may just buy her a bigger tank, and let her fill it... someone else suggested ghost shrimp? that they might not mind the small space? would that work, or is the bigger tnak the better idea? like i said, i liked having a lil living thing in the office, it was refreshing. just want to make sure we havea happy lil living thing.
Ghost shrimp would be fine in that tank, but they're usually bred as feeders and therefore prone to health problems. They're not exactly the easiest animals to maintain long-term and they like to hide--I would stick to getting a larger tank and a fish.




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