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    Hi guys :)

    (Sorry if this has been covered already, I've had a look but can't find any substantial lists).

    I work part time in a pet shop with a small fish section. We have a lot of customers coming in with small tanks below 100 litres, which they want to keep as 'coldwater' (ie, room temperature/temperate). I always try to dissuade people from buying goldfish (due to them outgrowing tanks this size) but many customers come in with goldfish in mind and are disappointed to hear this. To make it easier I want to change our coldwater section to include more options as alternatives to goldfish.

    So far my list includes:
    golden barbs
    mountain minnows
    danios
    rosy barbs
    peppered corydoras
    bristlenose plecos
    hillstream loaches
    zodiac loaches

    and I've also heard platys can be kept at room temperature, is this true? Any further suggestions/comments on the list above would be appreciated :)

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    For the size of the tank you are looking at, the gold barbs and rosy barbs are out. They really need to be in shoals and they get too large for < 100 litres. I would suggest rubberlip/bulldog plecos instead of bristlenose plecos. Hillstream loaches yes, but they need a lot of algae in the tank to do well and do like to have a strong current in the water. Props to you for dissuading people from buying goldfish!
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    Room temperatures can vary greatly
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    Pending confirmation from more knowledgeable people, I believe You can add Endler livebearers to that list. Small fish that are well suited to room temperature, smaller tanks. They do well in a wide range of temperatures, but in colder water they grow less (which makes them even more suitable for a smaller tank) and live longer. In ideal conditions they prefer a planted roomy tank (20 gallons/75 liters is plenty) but might also do well in smaller aquariums down to about 40 liters or so. Hardy, active, peaceful fish, and the males are very colorful. As a bonus, reproduce extremely easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgoldfarb View Post
    Pending confirmation from more knowledgeable people, I believe You can add Endler livebearers to that list. Small fish that are well suited to room temperature, smaller tanks. They do well in a wide range of temperatures, but in colder water they grow less (which makes them even more suitable for a smaller tank) and live longer. In ideal conditions they prefer a planted roomy tank (20 gallons/75 liters is plenty) but might also do well in smaller aquariums down to about 40 liters or so. Hardy, active, peaceful fish, and the males are very colorful. As a bonus, reproduce extremely easily.
    I don't think Matt would agree that the "reproducing extremely easily" is a bonus. HAHAHHA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compass View Post
    I don't think Matt would agree that the "reproducing extremely easily" is a bonus. HAHAHHA
    I spell it C-U-R-S-E
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    ROFL... Matt, maybe you need a TV in your bedroom! Oh... wait, you are talking about your fish?

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    LOL, I AM trying to figure out a way to set up the 10G in there...
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    I noticed guppys are not here
    But you said livebearers soooooo
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    Bitterlings are a nice-looking coldwater fish, but they do get 4" so 100 liters might be a bit small. My local fish store in Minnesota carries them, and they look great in a school.

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