Future planning - Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
Future planning

So, I'm either going to get this ten gallon:
Petsmart.com - Sale: Fish: Marineland Bio-Wheel LED 10 Gallon Aquarium Kit
Or one of the Fluvial Chis, either 5 gal or 6.6 gal. Either way, I will be cycling before adding other fish.

I wanted some suggestions for tankmates, for any of the gallonages, for my betta. I've got my heart set on some panda cories after I saw them in one of the tanks at my job. However, I do like choices and variety; I don't expect the smaller gallonages to hold much, but I would like a small community in a ten gallon if I got it. Not much, but a little, something to make it more exciting. What would y'all suggest? The more interesting, the better, of course. :)
SweetNightmare is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
Anyone?
SweetNightmare is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
Really, nothing? If it helps, I'm leaning more towards the ten gallon, and plan to go pick it up tomorrow and start the cycle. I know I want to get a small school of panda cories, but I'd also like something with a middle swim depth since bettas chill at the top, like glowlight tetras from what I've read. Would my tank be able to handle another small group? Or should I just get something like some cherry or ghost shrimp? I just know between the cories at the bottom, and the betta at the top, there'd be some empty space in between.
SweetNightmare is offline  
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 08:23 PM
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,607
Sadly, in the 5-6 gallon tanks you are limited to a betta and inverts, no other fish.

In the ten gallon, 4-6 panda cories and a betta would fully stock you. You don't have room for cories and a group of mid-swimmers. If it helps, happy cories will also explore the mid-levels, and as labyrinth fish will swim to the top for air. Bettas also like to explore all levels. :)

Life.
Bombalurina is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
What would I have to do to fit six? I know they're more sensitive than some other cories, should I do more frequent water changes? I've always liked the look of an active tank, so I want to make sure everyone's as healthy and happy as possible. :) My work sells them for five bucks each, and I have to say, they're ADORABLE, I love watching them in our tanks. Of course, they're a little overcrowded in our tanks since we have limited room and fish go fast anyways, so they're happy to have lots of buddies.

Btw, adorable ratties in your avatar. :) I have five myself; they're such wonderful pets.
SweetNightmare is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 08:52 PM
Member
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 4,900
The thing about Pandas is that they stress easily, when bagged and in new places, so you'd have to keep a car ride to as short as you can. They are very cute though :)
Pygmy cories, I've heard that they enjoy mid level swimming more, you could have 7-8 in a ten gallon with betta. I dont think pet smart carries them so you'd have to go to a fish shop most likely.

taking a break from fish-keeping.
3 lovely male betta still keep me company.
Olympia is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
My work is a three minute drive from my house, so a long car ride wouldn't be an issue. I would make sure to buy them when I'm not working or tell my bosses to wait to bag them until the end of my shift.

I'll ask my friend who works at an aquarium store if they carry pygmies. If so, he can get me his discount. :P Those pandas are super cute though, but I suppose if they're prone to stress, they wouldn't do well if Zero decides he likes pestering them.
SweetNightmare is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 09:34 PM
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,607
They are more prone to stress than other cories, but they do just fine once they are settled in. :) Usually, anyway. I did have a few just randomly die for no apparent reason.

If you can get pygmies, I definitely would. They are even better suited for a ten gallon than pandas. To have 6 pandas, yes, water quality is important, but so is footprint. I reckon that ten gallon you are looking at could support six.

Make sure you have a sand substrate - my pandas did not do well on gravel. The difference in their health and happiness with sand was distinct. :)

Life.
Bombalurina is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 220
Already done. :)

Since I'm trying to quicken the cycling rate(I already have my betta, fate sort of dropped him on me, in his cup thankfully, lol) I'm considering doing a planted tank. Do you know if cories would eat the plants? I know they're omnivores, so I'm worried they'll see my planted tank as a feast. :P
SweetNightmare is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 12:14 AM
Member
 
Bombalurina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 4,607
My tank is incredibly heavily planted. I've had panda, peppered and bronze cories in there and haven't lost a single plant to them. I haven't even seen them nibble. They might dig up some plants though, as they love to wiffle through the top layers of the substrate.

Life.
Bombalurina is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
In the future... Moshilover Betta Fish Compatibility 8 01-01-2011 12:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may 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 On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome