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    Hello,
    I have limited space and chose the 15 gallon column tank by Aqueon. It has a QuietFlow filter and a 50 watt Aqueon heater. As recommended by the PetSmart employee I used API Stress Coat+ in the tank. I just set this up yesterday. I know this tank severely limits my fish choices and there's so much info out there about what fish might work well and a lot of it is conflicting.
    I care for my Dad who is bed ridden fighting cancer and I thought this tank would give him something to look at - he doesn't watch much TV and he can't see very well a lot of the time. I'd like something that moves around a bit and I've had Bettas before but they're not very active. (I love them. Actually brought mine cross country via car. He lived to be about 3 1/2.) I HAD thought a small school of neon tetras would work but it looks like they won't be happy because they need more length for swimming. I will be purchasing a water test kit today and learn how to use it. (I'll be searching for posts on that soon.)
    Questions:
    What about guppies??
    If not guppies then what?
    How many?
    When to add them to the tank?
    Add a bottom cleaner?
    Here's what it looks like now:
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    Thank you, in advance!
    Splinky :)

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    Welcome to the AC.

    Before deciding on fish, have a look at the beginner's section, and read as many of the stickys/threads as possible, particularly the ones on cycling your tank.

    The Stress Coat will do next to nothing with preparing the tank for fish, the tank needs to be properly cycled first.

    Read this, and post back with any questions you may have: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

    Best of luck with your father's illness.
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    Great advice -- and link -- from Slap.
    Best wishes for you and your dad.
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    You could have either a few fancy guppies or even a few more endler guppies. I would suggest all males, however. They are more colorful and you won't run the risk of over population through breeding.

    You could also maybe add a few habrosus cories for the bottom.

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    Thank you SO much everyone for the great information and wonderful welcome. However, sadly, we don't think my Dad honestly has several weeks so I cheated and used Safe Start - after reviewing the great link you provided on cycling. (I will continue to follow the instructions provided by Tetra on how to proceed.) I feel somehow guilty about doing this but this comes from a good place in wanting to make my Dad's life as comfortable and happy as possible. (3+ years of caring for him, feeling very helpless most of the time, has taken it's tole.) The closest "good" aquatic store is in the process of moving so they're closed for a few days SO back to PetSmart I went. They were all sold out of Fancy Guppies but had 5 male Cobra Endler Guppies, which I brought home. (Thank you SueD for those fish choice suggestions.) They are beautiful and very active - hooray! So far they seem to be doing well. They are TINY and I'm not sure my Dad can see them that well most of the time but he was very excited when I put them in the tank. I remembered how cathartic watching fish could be. My mom had a large aquarium when I was a kid but she did all the work.

    Thanks again and I will keep reading through the beginner posts, etc, as time allows. I want to do the best I can for my new little guys.


    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Welcome to the AC.

    Before deciding on fish, have a look at the beginner's section, and read as many of the stickys/threads as possible, particularly the ones on cycling your tank.

    The Stress Coat will do next to nothing with preparing the tank for fish, the tank needs to be properly cycled first.

    Read this, and post back with any questions you may have: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

    Best of luck with your father's illness.

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    You are very welcome.

    Now that you will be cycling with fish, read and understand all that is involved here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

    You'll need a good test kit, most of us use this: https://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwate.../dp/B000255NCI

    You will also need a good water conditioner, this one is the best, IME: https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-11604.../dp/B00025694O

    With a fish-in cycle, you potentially will be doing MANY water changes, this will make them much easier, if you have the right faucet to fit it onto: https://www.amazon.com/25-Foot-Pytho.../dp/B000255NXC

    You are to be commended for taking care of your Dad all of this time, he couldn't have asked for a better child.
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    You are to be commended for taking care of your Dad all of this time, he couldn't have asked for a better child.
    plus ten to that! You have been doing an amazing thing. My hat is off to you.

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    Thank you, Sue. Another question - since I now have 5 Cobra Endler Guppies will the tank and size allow for more of this same species of fish (perhaps another strain) or a few Fancy guppies or should I stick with just the 5 I have?

    Thanks for the Habrosus Cories suggestion too. I'm worried they won't like the amount of area they'll have since the tank is about 14" x 14". Your thoughts? (I'm beginning to really regret purchasing this tank because of it's limitations.) Is a bottom feeder beneficial/necessary in this tiny tank or can I do the work for it by being diligent in cleaning and vacuuming?? I don't want to get something that will be miserable in this tiny footprint tank.
    Thanks again!

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    You could have some Red Cherry Shrimp in this tank. They are great fun to watch.

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    Bottom feeders are certainly not necessary. And it may be a little taller than ideal for the habrosus. I would say you could another 3 endlers, or maybe 1-2 fancy guppies. Might consider some shrimp for some activity on the bottom, maybe 2 amano shrimp which would not breed in fresh water or some RCS (red cherry shrimp), which can breed in fresh water. However, they would need some extra cover for the shrimplets, like a clump of moss tied to a piece of wood or rock. Could also add one nerite snail to help with algae control. There are some pretty ones like the red spot or red tiger.

    It is a tough shaped aquarium to make the most of. Length is a little more important than height for many fish. So even though this is 15g, when all fish occupy the same level of the tank, it can get a little crowded. I would actually see no problem with 15 endlers in a 10g tank, but not so much in this one.

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