I want Rosy red minnows as pets. (Not going to ever feed them)

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Uiopfdsa8, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Uiopfdsa8New MemberMember

    I was looking online and I saw I think 2 posts online that you could keep 3 (Three) Rosy Red Minnows

    In a 5 (Five) gallon tank.

    Is this true?

    Please help me.
  2. CindiLFishlore LegendMember

    Hi, I don't understand the "not going to ever feed them" part?

    Anyways, hi, welcome to fishlore :;hi2

    Minnows are a shoaling fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more. A 5g tank is too small. The only thing I would put in a 5g tank would be a betta or shrimp :)
  3. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I would go a 20 gallon long minimum for them, and yes they should be in groups of 6 or more because they are schooling fish.
  4. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    what he said.be careful where you get them as with most fish used for feeder fish that are for sale in stores they have a high death rate.
  5. ricmccWell Known MemberMember

    Hi: He means that although they are usually sold as feeder fish, he intends to keep them; a good choice, I think, as they are quite pretty.
  6. Uiopfdsa8New MemberMember

    Okay. Thank you guys.

    If I was to get a tank big enough (THINKING Of 40 gallon fish tank)

    Would 'BettaSafe' work for rosy's? It says the product can be used for other fish.

    and what would i need besides 'BettaSafe' to have it so i can add my fish quickly? (At the most 24 Hours)
  7. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

  8. GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    Haha...bettasafe than sorry! (Sorry, I have the chuckles this morning.)
  9. Uiopfdsa8New MemberMember

    Yes, it is.
  10. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    It will be fine, but Prime water conditioner is better and saves money.....
  11. Uiopfdsa8New MemberMember

    So I would be all set and be able to add fish after I add water conditioner?

    I thought there was something else..


    Thank you!
  12. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Is your tank cycled? If not, then you would need to do either a fish-in cycle with the right type of fish or a fishless cycle.
  13. MarkCamp3Valued MemberMember

    When I wanted rosey Reds I cycled the tank with them.. I got 2 dozen to cycle my 125. Once the weak once die off the other are wonderful to watch swim around

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