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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Planning my first tank

Hello! I am planning my first ever fish tank! The one I’m getting is 58litres / 15ish gallons, and I’m planning on putting in a lot of live plants. Would these fish be suitable in a tank of this size?

- 1 male betta
- 6 harlequin Rasboras
- 8/10 neon tetra
- some ghost shrimp
- maybe a few Corydoras (do they need to live in groups?)

Would these types of fish work together and do you think that would be too many fish for a tank of this size? The exact tank I’m getting is the Ciano aqua 60, but I’m going to replace the filter with a Fluval u2 as I’ve heard the Ciano filter is rubbish. any other advice appreciated, Thankyou!!!
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Hi, I would recommend picking the 6 Rasbora or the 8-10 neon tetra instead of both. Cory catfish also like company,4-5 at least and that might be a bit much for your tank if you did all three schools.

I would personally choose the Rasbora.

You might want to consider pygmy Cory catfish which stay a lot smaller. For them you could do 5-8 in your tank.

Live plants are a great choice and having it planted heavily will help the betta feel safer as well as the other fish.
for Cory catfish be sure to use sand as they love it and they do better on it.

A lot of times male bettas will get along with other fish perfectly fine, however occasionally you will find one who will not accept other fish. Be prepared to have a backup tank for the betta if things do not work out ( 3-5 gallons heated and filtered).

Hopefully RussellTheShihTzu will give you some advice about keeping Bettas with other fish as she has many betta community tanks.

Are you familiar with cycling a tank and general tank maintenance?

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Thanks for the reply! Would you recommend only one or the other because they don’t get along or just because the tank isn’t big enough? I kinda have my heart set on the tetras as I love the look of them but if it’s really not a good fit for the betta I will reconsider.

In an ideal world I would like 3 different species in there to liven it up a bit but obviously am not gonna do anything that would be bad for the fish!
The plan is to have a really natural set up with lots of live plants and wood, plenty of spots to hide so they can get away from each other.

I know the basics of cycling and maintenance, I’m not going to actually get any fish for at least a couple of months I’m just doing lots of research and planning at the moment! 🙂 which I’m sure this forum will really help with.
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Oh and yes I’m definitely going to have a back up / quarantine tank 🙂
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You tank is 23 x 16 x 11 which gives you more options than a taller than long aquarium. Your GPH is 60. You can plug in all the particulars here: AqAdvisor - Intelligent Freshwater Tropical Fish Aquarium Stocking Calculator and Aquarium Tank/Filter Advisor. Keep in mind the site is somewhat conservative. And choose "User Defined" for filter and dimensions.

I always have recommended a minimum shoal size of six. However, when I asked Rachel O'Leary, aka msjinkzed, about shoal size when housing with a Betta she said at least eight but 10+ is better; especially mid-tank and top dwellers. So that is what I would go with.

When planning residents divide by upper (Betta), middle (Neons, Rasbora) and bottom dwellers. You have the first two covered so you can add bottom dwellers. If you want to continue with smaller fish, Habrosus Cory are good. While Pygmy (one of my favorites) and Hastatus are also dwarf Cory they are mid-tank dwellers.

Plugging in the Aqadvisor, the long and short of it:

1 Betta
10 Rasbora
10 Neons or 10 Pygmy Cory (Neons can be nippy if you get a long-finned Betta)
8 Panda Cory

If it is well/heavily-planted, you can add shrimp. But wait at least a couple of months for the tank to mature before you do. Here is this Forum's cycling tutorial to help you make your tank safe for all.

https://www.bettafish.com/99-betta-f...our-betta.html

Begin with just the Betta and add the others after the tank is planted (live or silk) and cycled. To avoid issues, float them in a dark tank and release. Leave the lights off for at least an hour to give the newbies a chance to scope out the tank. Members of this Forum highly recommend using SeaChem Prime as your conditioner and I recommend SeaChem Stability to help cycle and to use when adding new residents.

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Thanks for the reply! Would you recommend only one or the other because they donít get along or just because the tank isnít big enough? I kinda have my heart set on the tetras as I love the look of them but if itís really not a good fit for the betta I will reconsider.

In an ideal world I would like 3 different species in there to liven it up a bit but obviously am not gonna do anything that would be bad for the fish!
The plan is to have a really natural set up with lots of live plants and wood, plenty of spots to hide so they can get away from each other.

I know the basics of cycling and maintenance, Iím not going to actually get any fish for at least a couple of months Iím just doing lots of research and planning at the moment! 🙂 which Iím sure this forum will really help with.
Natural setups are always great! What type of live plants do you plan on using?
I recommended picking one or the other for space reasons ( the fish are all compatible, but neon tetras can be nippy at times). Schooling fish need plenty of their own kind, but also plenty of space to swim as one and I think 15 gallons is a bit small for both Rasbora and Neon tetras.
When stocking a tank I tend to try and have a lower stocking level so that the fish have more room and are not as crowded. For your first aquarium having a tank that is less stocked will be a bit easier to maintain.

I personally would still pick either the Rasbora or the Neon tetras. It is your choice which you choose, but if you pick the neon tetras, try and find a betta with shorter fins such as a Plakat or a female betta.

Shrimp and snails are great as well , but be sure to wait to add shrimp as RussellTheShihTzu said! :)
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Ahhhh I’m so indecisive this is why I am waiting so long before I actually get any fish! I am now thinking maybe i’ll start with a smaller tank and a single betta. Then maybe down the line get a separate community tank.

My issue is I love both the beautiful long flowy finned Bettas and neon tetras! 😂😂

If I were to go this route, what would be the perfect sized tank for a single male? My biggest problem is I’m reading completely conflicting information from so many sources I don’t know what’s right! Some say the bigger the tank the better, some say Bettas need a smaller tank so they don’t become stressed. I’m so confused!
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A single male Betta would be fine in the tank you have! They love having exploring space and plenty of plants for cover! You can always set up the tank and add a betta first and then decide on tankmates later.

I have never had a betta stressed in a 10+ gallon tank. Many of my Bettas In the past went from small environments to large ones and did better in the big area.

I would definitely recommend you use the 15 gallon tank you planned on using even if it is just for a male betta. :)
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Ahhhh I’m so indecisive this is why I am waiting so long before I actually get any fish! I am now thinking maybe i’ll start with a smaller tank and a single betta. Then maybe down the line get a separate community tank.

My issue is I love both the beautiful long flowy finned Bettas and neon tetras! 😂😂

If I were to go this route, what would be the perfect sized tank for a single male? My biggest problem is I’m reading completely conflicting information from so many sources I don’t know what’s right! Some say the bigger the tank the better, some say Bettas need a smaller tank so they don’t become stressed. I’m so confused!
If you go with the smaller tank route I would highly recommend a minimum of 5-10 gallons as bettas do better in larger environments as long as they are planted heavily, warm, and clean. The reason some people say bettas are stressed in large environments is because often the tanks are not planted enough, have too bright of lighting, ect.

Setting up a new tank is exciting and fun, there is nothing wrong with taking your time. It is better that way actually instead of rushing things. :)

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'Fraid I must disagree with my friend, Animal15. A larger tank is not always the best. Many Betta never adjust from going to a larger (even five gallon) tank from a cup no matter how heavily-planted or lowly-lit.

All of my tanks are heavily-planted and properly lit. Yet I have had many Betta over the years that were never comfortable in anything except a 2.5 gallon (12 x 6 x 8); one didn't stop stressing until, in frustration, I put him in a 1.5 gallon bowl. These Betta fin bit, glass surfed, etc., in a 20, a 10 and even a five.

FWIW, I now start all of my Betta in a 2.5 or one of my vases before I move them to my larger tanks. I have not experienced fin biting or glass surfing since I started this practice. This also quarantines them as my larger tanks are divided.

Enjoy your planning.

BTW, if you don't get the Rasbora, you could have 15 Neons or so in your tank. The larger the shoal the less aggression leaks from the shoal. That's what I'm going to do in the 20 long Betta tank my husband can see. It will have 25 Neons. Not because of the lack of nipping but because he only likes Neons. Since he supports my aquarium habit the least I can do is stock a tank to his liking.
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