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Old 03-30-2012, 04:29 AM   #1 
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Seven gallon long?

I now have a nice seven gallon long tank for my girl. :) She is becoming more and more attractive as time goes by - she was kind of a cream with some greenish iridescence when I got her, but now she is very clearly lavender with blue green iridescence.

Anyway, I am pondering what to do with the tank. She is not very active - she hangs out in one part of the tank and never even goes to the other end. I feed her at that corner, so I guess she never wants to leave it. She will actually wait there if I drop food in somewhere else as the slight current from the filter eventually carries it to her. She is a lazy little lady.

It is too small for a sorority, so I am debating whether to get a few tank mates or split it in half and get another female. I also considered moving her to the 3.5 gallon the male is in and putting a divider in to get another male, but he is used to his home and settled in so I don't want to move him...

Any ideas? My LFS is pushing tetras and panda cories because the tank shape gives a lot of swimming space. I would like to see something moving around lower in the tank.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:26 PM   #2 
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Hey there, welcome to the forums. And wow you're from Japan? Lovely place.

First off 7g can house no other fish friends. Maybe some shrimps and a snail, but I would say no to other fishy friends.

If you choose not to add shrimps/snails, dividing it could let you house two Bettas. If you're male Betta is comfy in his 3.5g I wouldn't move him, get another female, I'm not sure if a male and female sharing a tank would be a great idea. I have no knowledge if they can share a divided tank peacefully or not, the female might get eggy and the male might blow bubble nests like crazy.

If you would like some other critters moving about, a snail and some shrimps are a good idea. :) Ghost shrimps are inexpensive, if your Betta doesn't eat them as snacks get more pretty ones like Red Cherry Shrimps, etc. As for snails, I would get a Nerite snail, they can't reproduce in freshwater only brackish water, and I believe they stay smaller than an Apple snail.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #3 
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What is your water like in terms of pH and hardness? Normally I would say no to other fish, but if it is super long I reckon it could cope with the bioload of a trio of male Endlers Livebearers. They do much better in hard water, though. 6 pygmy cories might be another option, but only if it really does have a huge footprint (you'd need live plants and extra water changes to cope with the bioload, too). Could you give us the dimensions?
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:42 AM   #4 
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The tank is 50cm x 22cm x 25cm. It is a 28 liter tank, so a bit over 7 gallons.
It was designed for killifish or minnows, to give them a lot of space to swim.
The filter is rated to 15 gallons (but I have it on the lowest setting right now so it doesn't make too much of a current).

My water is fairly neutral, around 7.0. I am not sure of the exact hardness, but it is more hard than soft. (Deposits form over time.)

The big problem with Endlers is that they just don't sell them here. Guppies are the only I have seen on sale.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:35 PM   #5 
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The tank is 50cm x 22cm x 25cm. It is a 28 liter tank, so a bit over 7 gallons.
It was designed for killifish or minnows, to give them a lot of space to swim.
The filter is rated to 15 gallons (but I have it on the lowest setting right now so it doesn't make too much of a current).

My water is fairly neutral, around 7.0. I am not sure of the exact hardness, but it is more hard than soft. (Deposits form over time.)

The big problem with Endlers is that they just don't sell them here. Guppies are the only I have seen on sale.
I don't think the footprint is long enough to house Pygmy Cories (but I may be wrong!). And plus you said you don't have any Endlers so booo, Guppies, eh, most people say no. Because they have long pretty tails and to a male Betta that means another male Betta is right there. So they're will be fin nipping and possible deaths.

:l So, yeah, I would go with shrimps, start off with the cheap ones first, if your Betta eats them then you can only have snails. (And some Bettas eat snails too).
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:43 PM   #6 
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Yeah...probably not enough room for pygmy cories...

Such a shame about the Endlers, a trio of males would fit just right!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:57 AM   #7 
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Aww, too bad. Those pygmy cories are so cute too.
I will have to get another tank so I can have some... Or maybe try to find something that can live in the bottom of my white cloud minnow tank.

I will look into shrimp, but all the ones I can find here have their habitat temperatures listed as between 20 and 25C. I keep my betta tank at around 27. (And it will go even higher in summer.) I hear shrimp are very sensitive to temperature, so it looks like they would be a no go?

Looking around, I was able to find Endlers, but they only sell them in pairs and for a whopping US$30 each...
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:59 AM   #8 
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Wow...I would ship you 6 for that price, if I was allowed.

I have red cherry shrimp and they live and breed happily at 27C. :)
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:50 AM   #9 
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Wow...I would ship you 6 for that price, if I was allowed.

I have red cherry shrimp and they live and breed happily at 27C. :)
If only you were... But it would probably cost you three times more for the shipping, so would end up costing the same in the end.

Here they are on my absolute favorite online site for fish and supplies: http://www.shopping-charm.jp/ItemDet...0&itemId=18637

I have been looking at short tail guppies as an option - they look to be the same size as the Endlers, and are (according to the site) pretty much just a variation of the same fish. Here they are:
http://www.shopping-charm.jp/ItemDet...0&itemId=17442

What I really need to get someone to send to me is a freshwater master kit. They only sell the individual tests here, and each one is about US$25. To gather all the basic ones it is outrageous...
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Old 04-01-2012, 05:24 AM   #10 
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I know! Same problem here. To get an ammonia kit, a nitrite kit and a nitrate kit cost me $80+. Thank goodness I got a discount (not a large one, but every little helps!)
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