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Old 05-24-2008, 08:04 AM   #1 
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Friends?

Okay, I just set up a new tank....2.5 gallon, heated, with a cave thing and plants. He seems to really like the cave and to hang out by the heater.
I really want to get my little guy a friend, and the chick at the pet store suggested one. I can't remember the specific name, but it's something "shark"....it's black with a red tail. Not too big, semi-aggressive. She said that it'd stick up for himself if my betta picked on him.

Bad idea? I really want him to have a friend :(
(...not so much for his sake, but for mine, really)




(I have another plant that I could put in if you think I should...?)
And that's just a piece of construction paper behind the tank...there's a lot of clutter on my desk so I figured it looks nicer that way.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:10 AM   #2 
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that would be a red tailed shark and that might look small at the pet store but he would out grow a 2.5 gallon tank way to fast. ur tank is great for a betta and i am glad to see u have it heated 8) tank mates for a 2.5 gallon k am not 100% sure i would say maybe a pair of platties they are a small fish but they are very nice and there are a lot of varieties umm i know they would do good with bettas i am not sure if the tank is large enough so you might want some one to post after me to see but yea deff no red tailed shark.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:33 AM   #3 
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Argh, the chick said that it doesn't grow very much and it'd be fine =[

You guys should post pictures and approximate prices of these fish you're suggesting. You and your silly abbreviations.

I am but a broke college student and I'm looking for something pretty inexpensive yet nice to look at.

Oh, and is this going to mean I'm going to need a bubble thing =/
Because that would suck.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:36 AM   #4 
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well its hard to post a pic of a platties cause there are many varieties but platies are like $2 USD a piece at most nothing that would break the bank.
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Old 05-24-2008, 08:40 AM   #5 
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Sounds good to me. I Google imaged them. Not bad.

(PS: Check out the edit on my previous post)
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:01 AM   #6 
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nope u wont need that at all. the only thing you need are some tropical fish flakes for them cause they wont eat betta food and the flakes are llike 2 bucks as well so its not to bad
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Old 05-24-2008, 09:55 AM   #7 
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Maybe one or two ghost shrimp?
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Old 05-24-2008, 10:02 AM   #8 
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Ummmm..... I don't see a filter.
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:34 AM   #9 
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I'd say add a filter and then you can think about putting in a couple shrimp. That's as much as I'd feel comfortable putting in that tank. (Thank about the 1 inch per gallon rule, even though it's rather inaccurate, betta fish get to be 2.5 inches).
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Old 05-24-2008, 06:53 PM   #10 
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Any other fish and you'd be overstocked. Get a nice air pump and hook up a sponge filter to it (don't forget the check valve!!!!) and you can have those couple shrimp. Unless you had a 10 gallon we could not recommend any other fish and your LFS shouldn't either.
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