Beginner Help Greatly Appreciated

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by TheLamph, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. TheLamphNew MemberMember

    My girlfriend and I were thinking of getting some fish as our place does not allow for other types of pets. Upon looking into it her prefered type of fish is a betta while I like pelcos. I did some looking and it seems the can be tankmates, my question is would a 5 gallon tank be to small or should we try to include other fish into the tank? Or maybe get a bigger tank altogether? I want to do my best for these fish and not over crowd or anything else to cruel to them.

    Thank you to those who read this.

  2. JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    a 5g would only be able to house a single Betta with a few shrimp and or snails.

    If you wanted a Bn pleco (They only get 5-6") you would need a 29g at the very minimum.
  3. Kenny777Well Known MemberMember

    Some Plecos may get way to big for some tanks. For a betta and a pleco it would be A 29g or more. @JesseMoreira06 mentioned above. Some require more like a common pleco needs 150g plus.
  4. dansamyValued MemberMember

    I know BN plecos need 29g, but why? Is it their size? Bioload? Activity?
  5. JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    all of the above, but mostly due to bio-load. They are huge water wasters.
  6. dansamyValued MemberMember

    Well, they're catfish, aren't they? And all catfish I've ever seen poop like crazy!

    And how do you find out about a particular fish's bioload?
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  7. shiv234Well Known MemberMember

    i need to show you a pic of my common grow out tank...every evening is a water change and a syphoning due to its amount of poop. Quite stressful little buggers

    usually youtube works....or experience
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  8. JesseMoreira06Well Known MemberMember

    Through my own Experience, I have 15 tanks with lots of different species of fish, I also breed, but if not through my own then through other repputable aquarium hobbiest experience.
  9. FishpunsValued MemberMember

    I say go for the betta. If you want a small tank, a 5-10gal with a betta and shrimp is a very fun setup, and would be easier to care for as beginners. Plecos can be a bit of work, and as mentioned above need a lot more space

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