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Old 03-22-2012, 12:43 AM   #1 
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Small Blue Fish ideas?

Hello,

My bf has a 10 gal tank and we were at the LFS the other day. He saw some really pretty little blue fish that he'd love to put in his tank. Thing is, we forgot what they were called. We started researching electric blue tropical fish but what came up was Cichlid and Hup, both of which seem to need a huge tank. Do any of you know of a small blue fish that will be happy in a 10 gal? (Besides a betta) Thanks!
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:28 PM   #2 
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Neon tetras? Personally I wouldn't keep them in less than 15 gallons, but other people keep them in ten gallons happily enough. :)
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #3 
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Yeah I guess those are pretty blue but they're so skittish. It bugs me. Guess I'm just used to happy friendly bettas. Thanks for the reply!
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:47 PM   #4 
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Most schooling fish aren't as friendly as predatory fish such as cichlids and bettas. However, they eventually realise your presence equals food and they will come to be a lot more assertive with time.

A heavily planted tank and a decent-sized school will also cut down on skittishness in a lot of schooling fish.

At the moment neon tetras or even green neon tetras come to mind, but a group of colourful guppies might work. I had some bluegrass guppies and the male was a stunning light blue.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:52 PM   #5 
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I've seen a few blue glofish as well, did you maybe see something like that?

I've heard mixed opinions on whether or not they're compatible with bettas.
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Old 03-23-2012, 04:54 AM   #6 
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I was thinking neons or cardinals? My tetras were skittish at first but now they are quite bold little fellas. In groups of 7 to 8 they seem to be a lot less nervous of your presence maybe because greater numbers mean greater security. Like any other animal once they know who feeds then they become very friendly.
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Old 03-24-2012, 12:45 AM   #7 
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Ok that's good to know. Didn't know goldfish came in any other color lol. I like em though I think they prefer colder water.
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:06 AM   #8 
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They're glofish, genetically modified zebra danios. Ideally they need a 15-20 gallon tank with a longer footprint as they are quite active swimmers.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:29 PM   #9 
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I thought Danios were fin nippers? My mother in law has a school of 8 Zebra Danios and they don't stop moving for 1 second are very speedy swimmers. Personally I wouldn't put them in anything smaller than 20g and a long tank as well as they do seem to need a lot of room. Are you planning on putting them in with a Betta? I wouldn't advise it in a 10g. Some Bettas get stressed out with very active fish and like I said, I'm sure Danios are fin nippers so I'm assuming (i know, very bad) that Glofish would too.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:36 PM   #10 
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What about male guppies? Blue snakeskin...

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