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post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 12:54 PM
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you just suggested a puffer yet thats bigger than a guppy
No. Look at the specific puffer that was mentioned. Dwarf puffers top out at maybe an inch long. Guppies can get 2.5 inches long. Even still both species are generally recommended in 5+ gallon tanks.

Another option is to get rid of the water and make it into a terrarium. You could stick it near a window and stock it with low-light plants like mosses.

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post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 01:14 PM
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ya i got puffers mixed up, but the size of the guppy depends on what tipe you get most common guppy males usually range from 1-1.5 while females range from 2-2.5
The one gallon per a inch of fish is usually the common rule to follow

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Dwarf puffers definitely are not much bigger than a guppy.
also "gallon per inch of fish" is not a great rule.
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i think in this case since they just wants to just setup a tank with something in it, so for them its a perfect rule and go to his picture that is in his first post in the pic shows THREE guppies which from the look of it is a good size for them

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just because you think it's a perfect rule does NOT mean that it's the most healthy for the fish. I just think 3 gallons is a bad idea for a group of guppies. they sell goldfish tanks at 2.5 gallons and are they a good idea? nope.

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your right but a guppy stays small, goldfish get big, theres a difference

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Guppies aren't that small. I have a 3.5 gallon tank and it is tiny. It houses a pair of fish the same size as guppies, and I am moving them into a 7 gallon tank today as I feel it is just too cramped.

Guppies also do enjoy having some room to swim around. I had two trios of guppies and they were quite active fish spending most of their time on the move.

Really the only sorts of fish that can live in that size tank are sensitive and can be expensive. So without knowing the OP's fishkeeping experience, I would not recommend them.


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ok iv heard some of the older members say its ok to divide a 10g into four to three sections to house bettas, but its not ok for a couple of guppies to live in, they wouldnt make small fish tanks if fish wernt suppose to go in them

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Eatmice2010, you're providing wrong info.
You're a newbie to this hobby, aren't you? Beat that to 3 experienced fish keepers who have experience over 5 years. (?) Guppies and puffers are different. Guppies are active fish, they don't like staying in one spot. Puffers are more of an explorer. They won't mind going in circles or so. Guppies will be stressed in small tanks due to their high activity level. Don't even forget about the ammonia being produced. Marketers make small tanks because they know people won't buy big tanks. They want small, cute little tanks for cute little fish. You're basically saying that goldfish deserve to be in small tanks.

Over hundreds of bettas die in their small, dirty cups each day. Only you can help them live. Research and then save them, today!
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They make small fish tanks probably because it is cheaper to make them, but they can sell them at a premium price. In stores here, I have seen very small tanks that cost the same amount as a much larger one.

Bettas are quite inactive fish compared to those that live in groups or schools. My guppies were constantly on the move whizzing around their tank, chasing each other and spawning. My splendens on the other hand would usually slowly drift around over the course of the day, maybe stopping to have a rest every now and then.

For me, there is more than stocking a tank than just how many fish will fit in size wise. You also have to take into consideration the activity level requirements of the fish in question. I mean you wouldn't chuck three danios into a 3 gallon tank and they are only the size of guppies.


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