What to put into a 3 gal tank??? Help

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by belleekgirl, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. belleekgirlValued MemberMember

    I am looking for ideas on what I can put into a 3 gallon tank... It is a bio-wheel/heated tank that we had our betta in. He died last week and now we want to put something new in the tank. My boys want a crab, but I am not sure how to take care of one or if it would be happy in there. I was told at the LFS that a glowfish would be happy, but am not sure about those.

    Any ideas? I am not ready for another betta- it was too hard to loose the last one.

    Oh- we are moving soon, so the tank is currently empty and won't be ready to cycle until we move, then we will cycle it and add a fish or something then.

    Thanks :)

  2. rae64Well Known MemberMember

    i'm sorry for your loss... glowfish are active SCHOOLING fish that should be in groups of 5 or more. also because they are active, they need a tank larger than 3 gallons. bettas are perfect, but since you don't want another (but in case you were interested Martinismommy has beautiful baby bettas for sale...or you could rescue a cup baby) you could maybe get an apple snail. it might be fun to raise a pretty little snail, or bring home some live plants and see what you get on them! i had a big sac of jelly eggs that came on some of mine (i disposed of them, though, for fear of 200 baby snails...) shrimp are fun too!

  3. LucyModeratorModerator Member

  4. belleekgirlValued MemberMember

    OH.... Didn't think of shrimp :). How many would be a good number? I will do more research on them, but always good to get info from you guys. Where is a good place to buy Java Moss? Online or the LFS? Our tank is a Marineland Eclipse tank. It is flat on the back and curves at the front. I am liking the shrimp idea as it is a compromise to the crab idea the boys had. Could we put a small fish in there as well? I have a tetra tank that only has one poor neon left in it, was thinking of moving him into this tank and doing something new with the other..... Hm.... So many things to think about. I am hopeful the new area we are moving to has a good fish store for us to visit :). Thanks
  5. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    the only fish i know of that will be okay for that size tank is a betta, but you don't want another. you could do a betta with a few cherry red shrimp, but the betta will eat the little guys,

    i know the shrimp have very little bioload, so you can have a bunch in there... maybe 6? that's just a guess - someone else will have to give yo a real answer :;sh
  6. BeekerWell Known MemberMember

    Tetras are schooling fish too. That wouldn't work.
    I'd stick with the shrimp. That sounds cool.
  7. Crimsonbull57Valued MemberMember

    You could have a dwarf puffers, i have one in a heavily planted 2.5, they are awesome! (check out dwarfpuffers.com)
    You could also get some cherry shrimp. I would start off with 10, but they will breed so you can sell them if you get too many. (Ghost shrimp are more aggressive so I would only keep 4 with a lot of rockwork or hiding places.)
    Scarlet Badis are another option.

    Just make sure you keep up on water changes.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2009
  8. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    if you want to try a dwarf puffer, i found this care sheet. hope it helps. :)
  9. platy benWell Known MemberMember

    I would stick to shrimp, I have red cherry shrimp in an 8G and I was recommended to have up to 50 in there, so you could probably have 25 in there :)

    You could also have it heavily planted and have 1 sparkling gourami :)
  10. Gouramiguy17Well Known MemberMember

    you could go with red cherry shrimp and a sparkling gourami, or you could go with a 3 male endlers
  11. belleekgirlValued MemberMember

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I am excited to get this tank set up again. I just have to wait until after we get moved so I can. Hopefully I can find a good LFS to get things at. Is ordering fish from the internet a good idea or not?
    I was also wondering if anyone could recommend a good type or brand of the substrate for the plants that the fish will like as well?
    Thanks again
  12. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    If you're wanting color but you don't want it to fade, Petco brand substrate is wonderful. We've used their black, red, blue, green and have had no fading or "bleeding" into the water.

    I hope that helps!
  13. BeekerWell Known MemberMember

  14. LucyModeratorModerator Member

  15. belleekgirlValued MemberMember

    Thanks again everyone! :) I am getting a "shopping list" ready. Now I just need to wait a couple of weeks to be able to get started! I hope I am able to find the fish locally, if not- is there a web page you have bought from that you like?
  16. Crimsonbull57Valued MemberMember

    I would use Eco complete or sand as a substrate.
    I've never ordered fish online but I have ordered shrimp.
    I would get your fish from somewhere like   (shrimp, gouramis, badis) or from liveaquaria.com
    If you are going to get cherry shrimp, I would highly suggest getting them from a member off a forum. A lot of people sell them for 20 shrimp for $20 shipped.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
  17. rae64Well Known MemberMember

    i have heard wonderful things about liveaquaria.com. also, sparkling gouramis are a great idea. they are a lot like bettas but different still. dwarf puffers are wonderful, i hear, and have so much personality! they are also about the cutest little guys ever.

    also, as a substrate, id go with sand. it is easy to clean, looks great, and plants like it (be sure to add fertilizers in another form though) pool filter sand is wonderful stuff, and 10 dollars will buy you a 50 lb bag.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2009

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