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dinogirl345
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What fish to get???
« on: February 16, 2011, 07:58:48 PM »

I have a 25 gallon and a 10 gallon aquarium. I would like at least 1 goldie in one and some tropical fish (a betta, guppies, tetras etc) in the other. What goldfish and tropicals would you recommend for a beginner like me? Undecided
And what tank should they go in?

Anything would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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OrandaLover
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2011, 09:49:22 PM »

Hello dinogirl345! Welcome to the forum  Wink

Alright. I would recommend using the 25 gallon for goldfish, that way you could have two of them (1 goldfish per 10 gallons) safely, healthily, and happily.

In the 10 gallon, you could keep a collection of guppies, as they are very hardy and easy to keep for beginners. For tank cleanup, you could put some corydoras catfish or otocinclus in the 10 gallon as well.

I'm sure the others will come along and give suggestions too!
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fantailer
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2011, 05:36:18 AM »

You coulb put 2 goldfish in the 25 gallon and all the tropicals in the 10 gallon but dont mix them!
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Bel
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2011, 12:54:38 PM »

Myself personally I would only put one goldfish in the 25g.  They get quite big depending on what you get.  The comets/commons can get over a foot in length and I honestly would not even put one in a tank that size.  One fancy type like a moor or fantail would be lovely in the 25g though, they don't get near as long and could turn and swim in there more easily.  My favorite is the black moor but everyone has a favorite I guess so it just depends on what you see that catches your eye. 

I use to have a few different kinds of tropical fish in a 20g that did very well.  My lfs has a row of tanks with tropical fish that can go together and we picked some of them and put them in the tank.  For tropical fish it is a rule of thumb to have no more than 1" per gallon of adult size fish.  Whatever you get check out how large they are suppose to be as adults and go from there.  I had some Molly's and they were great little fish.  Tetra's are pretty hardy as well.  Many love guppies also.  Good luck and welcome to the forum!
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2011, 01:07:46 PM »

Also check out how to cycle your tank fishless, trust me its worth it!  I didn't know this was possible before getting my fish and it would have been so much easier this way.  You will also need a heater for the 10g for tropical fish, they don't cost very much at all though.  You will need a air pump and a bubble wand for the tanks as well for oxygen for your fish.  They are low cost also. 

I would recommend picking up liquid test kits also before you start your fishless cycle so you can keep an eye on the ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and ph.  These were the kits I bought.  Also grab you some Prime, this will need to be added before any fish are put in your tanks and when you do your weekly water changes, Prime takes out the chlorine and any other bad chemicals out of the tap water to make it fish safe.  Never put fish in tap water without some kind of water conditioner like this, always put the appropriate amount of Prime (water conditioner) in there when you do water changes also.
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dinogirl345
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2011, 08:58:09 PM »

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I am sure I will find the perfect fish! I think my favorite goldfish(es) would be the Fantail and the Common. I will probably get 2 goldies in the 25 gallon and a half a dozen tetras or guppies and a betta.(for the 10 gallon).                          The fishes I will get in the beginning of the summer. Not only that I am getting a feathered friend too! Wink.                                               
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 10:08:52 PM »

Congratulations dinogirl!

just one REALLY important thing: I would recommend NEVER keeping guppies with bettas. I'm sure it has worked for some, but guppies are extremely nippy and will probably chase the betta and harrass it and ruin its fins by nipping. Same with most tetras
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dinogirl345
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2011, 07:53:21 PM »

Oh yeah, I once had a bad experience with fin nipping.... did not go well.

I have decided on the goldfish... how does 2 fantails for the 25 gallon sound?

When I was reading OrandaLover's response and I remembered I have a divider for the 10 gallon.

Would it be okay to divide the tank equally and put half a dozen tetras in one side and a few male guppies in the other?

The betta I will get will occupy a 1 gallon corner tank I have. (I have not had a pet for about 4 months now and I am lonely without a fishie friend)

The betta will come within a month or so's time (I will let you know when that happens).

See you guys later and I hope everyones fish stays happy and healthy! Wink
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2011, 11:03:54 AM »

I would put one goldfish in a 25 gallon tank  Tongue they need a lot of space and are very greedy animals
I keep 2 bubble eyes in a 30g tank and that becomes a problem sometimes.
and for a newbie (No offence) at fish keeping i would not keep one as my first gold fish i have had goldfish and tetras many years and im very good at it,do not keep a Guppie with a betta Guppies nip some and will ruin the bettas fin.
keep a common goldfish or a comet (this is not as good with guppies, have long tails)
just keep one goldfish in a tank. Your best wishes


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Bel
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2011, 12:51:00 PM »

That was what I suggested as well.  Goldfish are very messy and get LARGE!  They may look tiny at the pet store but just go look at some pictures of a full grown fantail that wasn't stunted.   Wink

It would stay cleaner with only one in the 25g and make your life and the goldfish easier.  Water trouble or dirty water can lead to all types of illnesses for goldfish.  I know they are suppose to be sociable creatures but they are happier when healthy and that would be my first pick.  Smiley  Just my 2cents
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Re: What fish to get???
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 02:38:22 PM »

I think guppies are compatible with tetras, so you wouldn't need a divider if you are planning on keeping just guppies and tetras.

However, if you really want a betta, you could keep ONE male betta with maybe a couple catfish and/or aquatic dwarf frogs OR you could keep four or five female bettas together in the 10 gallon along with a couple aquatic dwarf frogs. You can keep female bettas together peacefully as long as you have 4 or more and there is enough space. A 10 gallon should work well  Wink
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