Very Small fish suitable for a 8"/8" bowl

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by ashbonsai1200, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. ashbonsai1200New MemberMember

    My mom decided to destress she wants fish.
    Then she heard about the golfish being huge and unsuitable and now she is overstressed.

    We only have a bowl of 8" height and 4" radius(8" diameter).

    Is there any fish that, priority wise,
    a) Thrives in such bowls
    b) Is super small and stay small
    c) Is small and stays in groups
    d) Is easy to look after
    e) Looks pretty/de-stresses
    f) Comes cheap and easy to find and get for a beginner.

    We can get stones and plastic plants and I am more than willing to clean it piece by piece for her but only as often as once a week.
    She wants fish around .5 centimetres. If not, something that can be okay in the bowl.

    The bowl DOES NOT. have heating or a filter. We can buy if needed n if possible.

    If you know of such a fish(es) pls give me the name and if possible a picture
    Its really preferable if the care is not too complicated and needs minimum machines and research. Food and need to clean?
    Preferably no breeding. If it has to be possible(we cant check for gender) pls say how to care?

    thnx thnx
    ps- she is not willing to spend too much money. hopefully a fish that wouldn't suddenly die and over stress her again


  2. Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Hate to tell you, but their is no fish that will be happy in that bowl. Even small fish will be miserable. If you want to keep a fish in their you will likely need a heater, but you will need a filter. I won't get a fish of any kind and put it in a bowl.

  3. FallenOwlWell Known MemberMember

    Nothing will thrive in a bowl without a filter. No fish belongs in a bowl for its life I'm afraid to say. Maybe, just maybe you could get away with having a ghost or cherry shrimp.
    Maybe get a 5 gallon tank? (You can find them at yard sales, thrift stores, and/or craigslist for cheep) Because then you could get a Betta. (Filter and heater needed)

  4. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Agreed, no fish will be happy in there. What about shrimp? You can put ghost or cherry shrimp in there with no filter or heater.
  5. ashbonsai1200New MemberMember

    Okay, thankyou
    Whats the minimum gallons needed for any fish? or very small swarms?
    Any possible without heater n filter?
  6. Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Very Small fish suitable for a 8"/8" bowl

    No. None are without a filter. But when you put in a filter you should be prepared to lose some shrimp because it's going to cycle.
    Edit: A 5g is the minimum
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2016
  7. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    If you were to get a 5g, you have a ton of options. Let me list off everything you'll need for a tank-
    Substrate(I recommend Pool filter sand, beautiful and cheap)
    Heater(unless you get coldwater fish)
    Plants(optional, but live plants are great for aquariums)
    De-Chlorinenators(Tetra Safe start and easy balance are some)
    Aquarium hose
    Liquid test kit(highly recommended, but you don't need it to keep fish, but it's better to have)
    Do you know about the nitrogen cycle? This hobby isn't what it's usually made out to be, it's defiantly not the easy pet. You have to spend quite a bit of time and money to properly take care of your fish. Remember though, the bigger the aquarium, the easier it is to take care of.;)
  8. AirthValued MemberMember

    I know your mom doesn't want to spend a ton of money but fact of the matter is that keeping fish can be and is costly. Invest in what you need now to avoid spending unnecessary money later. Getting proper equipment will also keep her from getting stressed about the fish later.

    Agreed with Platylover that the bigger aquariums are easier to care for. A good starting size imo is a 29 gallon. It provides more stocking options than a 10 gallon would.

    You can find tanks on craigslist for decent prices and many people include their equipment when selling their tanks (no guarantee how well the heater and filter work though).

    All in all, prepare to invest a lot of time and a fair bit of money if you want to keep fish.
  9. mg13Well Known MemberMember

    Or you can simply get a few shrimp and a Marimo moss ball and take care of those. :)
  10. FettucciniWell Known MemberMember

    Like the others said, there are no available fish that can be properly kept in a bowl. If she really wants a fish without spending a lot of money, her best bet is to get a 5 gallon tank, a heater, a small sponge filter with an air pump and keeping a betta in it. They're very easy to care for and can be kept very comfortably in a 5 gallon tank..

    Still though, you need to do research on the proper care for them, since a lot of pet store employees will give you false information on how to keep bettas in order to make it seem easier and less involved than it really is.
  11. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    The smallest tank I'd keep any fish in is a 2.5g and it would have to be a single betta. Though a 5g is way better.
  12. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

    you can do a shrimp tank, what you need is a good filtration system. the system you want is a natural planted shrimp system. some java moss and some shrimp should do you well. as long as your tank is in good temperature. with your flag i think your temperature would do well.
  13. Subha92Valued MemberMember

    I can't suggest you to keep fishes in such a small bowl. Make a decision first, either you have to work a lot to keep your fish healthy & happy or have to spend some money to get a new bigger tank.
    But as you have already purchased a tank without knowing the harmful side of such decision, so you will definitely buy some fishes. Without proper maintenance they may die off too.
    So please follow the followings
    1. Buy a filter for you bowl. Here is the link
    2. Change minimum 10% water daily
  14. PeacefantasyWell Known MemberMember

    As others have said, keeping fish requires time, work, and money.
    Nothing should be in a bowl imho. The bigger the TANK, the more room you have for mistakes. In your situation, the smallest would be a 5g (really a 10g) with a betta and snails or shrimp.
    Sorry to be so blunt..
    If you want something to de-stress, id go for a 20g long. You can find good deals on used tanks on craigslist.
    Keep in mind ranks need at least 50% weekly water changes
  15. Pastel.Fish.Valued MemberMember

    Very Small fish suitable for a 8"/8" bowl

    I had a guppy that lived in a big fish bowl alone (a bit bigger than that) without heaters or filters and she lived 3 years. You have to put gravel and a little rock or 2 in there like I did. Please don't hate on me for this as she was my first fish ever (they gave them out in 3rd grade free to every student.) and I did not own an aquarium at the time. But for water changes we had another bowl and changed her bowl 2 times a week and we made sure the water was room temp.
  16. PeacefantasyWell Known MemberMember

    Just because its possible, doesnt make it right
  17. Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    Very Small fish suitable for a 8"/8" bowl

    I second that! Just because you can keep a dog in its create and it's possible doesn't mean it's right like Peacefantasy said.
  18. ashbonsai1200New MemberMember

    Thaaaanks ! Ill ask about the shrimp with moss ball on a different post! pls answer if u can :)
    bdw- i didnt buy the bowl, it was there since 7 years (I was in middle school). Now we just cleaned it up and I am asking for possibilities.

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