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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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First tropical tank need advice!

Ok ive set up my NEW tropical tank and atm i am cycling it ! But i need help on what type of fish to start of with.
First of all our UK gal's is completly different from yours but here is some information, Its a 84 Litre, 18 gal(UK) , ive got ALOT of rocks and plants(fake). Ive had tanks before but never really started from scratch. I would LOVE a betta, but don;t know what fish they can live with could someone please maybe write me out some fish i could stock up on? that COULD live with a betta. Thanks alot. xx

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2009, 04:08 PM
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A betta would be great in a 18 gallon.

You could also keep;
corydoras
otos
shrimp
snails


Another fish instead of bettas that you may like are Gouramis





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Thanks for the reply kayla! I knew you would reply LOL!
Well my parents have gouramis! but i just LOVE betta's!
Over here we don;t have a very GOOD selection of tropical fish at ALL!
So we don;t get shrimp or snails!
Could you keep the red tip sharks with betta's?
What about clown loaches and mollies?
And guppies..
And also if we were to get snails.. what do they eat.. LOL?

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Snails usually just eat leftover stuff in the tank (at least thats what mine do) but in a newer tank you will prolly want to give them algae tabs or even some vegetables once in awhile.

Guppies aren't really a good idea with Bettas, because they have pretty long fins and the betta could mistake them for another betta, I'm not sure about mollies or clown loaches. Corydoras are usually ok because they hang out on the bottom of the tank. and i believe bettas usually stay around the top. I think shrimp and snails are kinda hit or miss, some bettas will ignore them, but some might make them lunch.



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Thanks for the reply kayla! I knew you would reply LOL!
Well my parents have gouramis! but i just LOVE betta's!
Over here we don;t have a very GOOD selection of tropical fish at ALL!
So we don;t get shrimp or snails!
Could you keep the red tip sharks with betta's?
What about clown loaches and mollies?
And guppies..
And also if we were to get snails.. what do they eat.. LOL?


Do you mean this guy here
He's a red tailed shark and wouldn't be suitable housed in an 18 gallon.

Clown loaches to my knowledge need big tanks ( at least 55 gallons)

Take a look at
Quote:
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http://www.ultimatebettas.com/index.php?showtopic=14389, its a really good list of appropriate tanks mates and not so appropriate tank mates.

You could also do a group of female bettas in a planted tank (odd numbers only)

I'm just trying to pull info from the top of the head and my little fish book, so I'm not sure it is all the correct information







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I would get a school of cory cats, those are great betta tankmates . Bottom dwellers in general work well with bettas, but you need to make sure that they don't get too large since you have a small tank.




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I would def go for the corys with the betta, there are so many different ones to choose from and they are all amazing. I'm gonna start a tank like that soon. ^^
I read that small tetras sometimes work or micro rasboras or dwarf pencilfish. I've not seen many shrimps here but they sometimes work. I also read they can go with african dwarf frogs but not sure how true that is (and in most petshops here they sell clawed frogs rather that dwarf ones).

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i have guppies with my betta, as well as platys and they get along fine. however, it is hit and miss with your betta on weather or not they will be ok.

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I had Harlequin Rasboras in with my betta.
They did fine together!

I also had a fairly friendly betta, so I had hatchetfish and some other peaceful fish in with him.

Harlequin rasboras like to be kept in schools and get a little over a inch long. keep that in mind also when looking for fish to put in with him! Size and if they like to school or not.

Corys would be a good choice though! there are so many different color variations also- but make sure if you DO get corys to get ones that dont get too big! Some of those corys can get too big for a little tank.
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