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Old 03-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #1 
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29g, 1 betta 3 snails

Hi all. I currently have a 29 gal tank with one betta and 3 snails. My husband is hoping I will add some more fish so it looks more active. I'm not opposed but I want to be sure I add something in that will work long term. I've been keeping aquariums for many years so I don't mind hard work with them. (I've kept from small 1.5g tanks up to a 75g, both fresh and salt, so I do have experience.)

My husband likes colorful (or shiny), active, fish. He'd love a school of neons. I do not want neons. I'm not a fan of tetras in general. So what would work?


My concerns:
Bioload of course. I do already have 3 apple snails (I love snails).

Territory. My betta has been the only fish in this tank for a week now. I'm a little worried he'll be territorial if/when I add anything new. How can I do this without stressing him out or causing him to attack the new fish?

Price. I hate to have to say it but I really can't afford to buy really expensive fish. If I buy expensive fish then my fish budget is limited for a while and if I need to buy meds or something like that until I can replenish I'd be screwed. So I'd rather stick with less expensive fish.

Water parameters. Obviously needs to be fish that tolerate/prefer the same water as the betta.


Fish:
Some I'm considering, some I'm not but want to mention so to give an idea of preferences:
I had considered an ADF because I do love them and my husband thinks they're cute too. But I don't currently have a place to qt it for a few months. So that's out.

Loaches. I love yoyo loaches but they really should have a bigger tank, plus they're pretty expensive. I'm not opposed to considering other loaches, but cost is a concern since I rarely see any loaches selling for less than $10 each around here.

Mollies. Well I've had mollies before and I don't care for them (plus the whole fact of preferring brackish/salt water... not a good match).

Platys? I've never kept platys. They are pretty colorful though so my husband might like them. I don't know a whole lot about them though. Do they require a school? Could they be kept in a 29g with a betta?

Dwarf puffers. I absolutely love these guys but they are nippers. BAD choice with a betta.

Guppies. Eh, I've kept guppies before. I've even bred guppies for a local pet store (not that hard since they breed like, well, guppies. lol). They can sometimes be nippy toward other flowing fin fish, but not always. I know they like the same temp range, but I can't remember about the rest of the parameters.


I'm open to ideas, thoughts, suggestions. :) Thanks!
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Not sure what to suggest to go under that colourful tag, but I love snails too.

I know corries can often work, but they aren't what I'd consider colourful.
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Yeah, it's the fact that he is hoping for colorful that is limiting me. He might not get his wish, but I figure it's worth exploring, just in case. :)
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i have no experience with them, but harlequin rasboras are pretty, and i'm planning on some of them for my own 29 gallon!
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:20 PM   #5 
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Oh those are pretty. Not terribly colorful, but they are shiny which would also make him happy. I've never kept those before. A quick google search though is rather confusing. I clicked on 4 different sites, 2 said their preferred water temp is 72-77, and the other 2 said 76-82. Hmm. Looks like more research is needed on these cute lil' guys.
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These are some good choices. Your tank is big enough for danios, which can be pretty colourful and are a good choice. Look through that website, it's a really good basic resource (though a lot of the pretty fish are ones you'll never see in a pet store Dx)
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Well my husband looked at the danios and he wasn't impressed. lol I think right now he's hoping I'll go for some male guppies. But I'm concerned that their fins will invoke the bettas wrath. I haven't kept guppies and bettas together before, is this a valid concern?
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It's possible. Plus I think male guppies can be aggressive to each other. But maybe if you have a large enough group they should be fine. Personally I would stick to one gender of any livebearer, unless you enjoy being overrun with fry.
Some loaches:
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The panda loach is adorable in my opinion. Kuhlis are often recommended for betta tanks.
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I used to breed guppies so yeah, I know how fast they can totally overrun you. lol Just wasn't sure how they would work with bettas. I think I'll steer him away from those.

Kuhlis are awesome and relatively inexpensive at the store here but they aren't colorful so they wouldn't fit my husband's hopes. I do like them though. The panda loach looks so cute! I wouldn't mind those at all (I'm a huge loach fan in general) but I've never seen those around here at all (unless they were sold under a different name, that is possible). :(
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Endler's livebearers? Livebearers are admittedly the most colourful fish you really have a choice from. I totally get the low fish availability thing. It's so hard to find good fish where I live.
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