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Old 05-28-2011, 11:33 PM   #1 
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Tetra questions

Today at PetSmart the sales girl told me that it is okay to put tetras in a tank that is smaller than 10 gallons. I want to slowly introduce my turquoise betta "Steve" to other fish. I have a heater that keeps that water at 76-78ish degrees. I have a plant and a terracotta pot that acts as a cave.

I plan on putting two tetras in my tank depending on how Steve handles the first one. I know tetras are social and need several to be okay. The first twenty four hours have been fine. They seem to get along. My concern is that the clerk told me that it is not a big deal to have three tetras with my betta in a 2.5 gallon tank (if I do the regular maintenance and tank cleaning). The only reason i decided to go ahead with it is that I am going to acquire a ten gallon tank with all the bits. I do plan on getting a few more tetras if it is okay to keep them in a small tank.

Is it okay to have that many fish in my tank?
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:39 PM   #2 
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You can't have any other fish in a 2.5 gallon tank. The betta will probably kill them eventually, not to mention the filthiness that will quickly build up in such a small tank.

If you want to have tank mates with your betta, I'd suggest getting and cycling a 10 gallon tank. There are several threads about tank cycling. And if you are getting a 10 gallon, you can cycle it with a betta (with the proper maintenance), but it would be unwise to cycle it with more than just 1 betta.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:42 PM   #3 
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Yeah. I am starting to get that impression from reading other posts in the forums. I am going to take the little tetra back to the store. What about the snail? Is that worth keeping?
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:23 AM   #4 
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I don't see anything in your original post about a snail, and I don't really know anything about keeping them in that small of a tank.
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:31 AM   #5 
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I forgot to mention that. I took all the additions out. It was to much for my Betta.
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:02 PM   #6 
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That was the best decision. Tetras need to be in groups of at least 5 anyways.
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