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post #21 of 94 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 01:42 PM
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Plecos are only good ideas if you have the HUGE tanks they need. :3 i had one as a kid, and he lived in a 29 gallon with a goldfish i won at a fair when i was four. they both lived about 13 years, and both were around 2 feet when they died. they'd have lived longer, but my dad had this nasty habit of throwing little fish he caught in the river with them, and i think they both ended up with parasites. >.>;
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post #22 of 94 (permalink) Old 04-10-2011, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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yea i should probably wait until i can afford a bigger tank to get a pleco...thats unfortunate to hear about ur pleco and goldfish...ur dad needs a lesson in proper fish care.....

what good companions do you suggest for my betta?
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well, bettas are happiest by themselves, but do well with snails, Cory Catfish, peaceful schooling fish, but only if you have a large enough tank. :3 i think 10 gallons is recommended for the Cory Cats and other schooling fish?
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No tankmates in anything under 10 gallons besides snails and shrimp ;D

1 Male ~ 5 Females
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Soon, 1 cornsnake!
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ok thank u luimeril and bettafish15....ill keep him by himself for now when i get him until i get a bigger tank...i dont remember seeing any snails at the pet shop though..maybe i missed them because i just wasnt looking for them..

are your tanks cycled?
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nah, none of mine are. then again, only one of my tanks has a filter, and that's Caroline's. my tanks are all under 5 gallons, with 3 gallons being my biggest, and one gallon being my smallest. i have a Plakat female in that one gallon, who seems to hate larger tanks. they stress her out and she hides all the time, but swims around happily in her one gallon. o.0 i've an oddball fish.
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she is afraid of the big world...probably shy..lol...wat wud be a good starter size tank for a betta for me?
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about 2 gallons is wonderful for them. some suggest bigger, but mine all do wonderfully in 2 gallons.
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Hi,welcome to the forum!.
It's nice to see that you are reading about Bettas before you get one so you can look after it well.
As a beginner I would recomend something like a 5 gallon (the more the water capacity,the more forgiving it is).If you get a 10G like you originally said about getting,you could add some tank mates e.g. a small shoal of non fin nipping fish,5 white cloud minnows or pygmy corys or some shrimp (if the Betta doesnt eat the shrimp ) plus with a 10G you could divide it later and get a second Betta etc.

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ok kool, thanks...i cant wait til may when i can go for mine....so excited....if u dont hear from me i probably exploded from excitement build up....lol
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