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  1. #1

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    Hi

    My father-in-law surprised us and brought some fish over that his neighbor was giving away. He thought that my 2 year old son would like them. So he brought them over in a small bowl and said here you go . . .(he is a older and obviously didn't give any thought about how to care for the fish). I have never had a fish tank, but knew that they would not survive in a bowl. I ran to the pet store and got a beginner 10gallon tank on the cheap that came with a filter and a hood lamp.
    I set it up and added the water conditioner and waited a day and finally put the fish in. They seem to be doing OK, but after looking up what kind of fish he brought and I am concerned that the tank is too small and that the fish will not thrive.

    Here is what is in the tank(1 of each):
    Zebra Danio
    Tiger Barb
    Fantail Goldfish
    Giraffe Nosed Cattfish
    Tire Track Eel

    From what I have read the Catfish and Eel require a way bigger tank that what I have. Do you think they will be OK in the 10gallons or should I look into donating them to someone with a bigger tank?

    It also says that the Danio and Tiger Barb do better in a school, should I invest money in buying some more of those fish?

    The tank did not come with a heater - should I get one of those?

    Thanks inadvance for any advice . . .

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    You are right about the catfish, eel, and goldfish needing a much bigger tank, and it would be best to give them to someone. The danio and tiger barb do need to be in schools and a 10 isn't really big enough for them either.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    Thanks for the info, that's what I was afraid of.
    Do you have any recommendations on finding a new home for the fish? Was thinking I would go to a local fish shop and ask there.

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    The local fish store, Craigslist, you could even take an ad out in the local paper. Most papers will give you a free ad if you are giving something for free.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
    Dear naps, sorry I hated you so much when I was a child... Love me

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    Here if you go to the local store and ask if they'll take some fish they say no, but if you put them in a bucket and just bring them there chances are they will take them. But no hopes in getting anything for them, you did the right thing by asking tho and i salute you for that. We also can help you with your brand new 10gal set up once you do get rid of the fish you have currently.
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    How many fish can/should a 10gallon tank hold?

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    depends on species.
    you will not be able to have a single arowana in a 10 gallon, but endler's livebearers, guppies,
    small gouramis or bettas, shrimps or snails will fit nicely.

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    Read this article first, your fish will love you for it...
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640

    General rule of thumb is 1 inch of fish to every 1 gallon of water. You still need to use common sense tho as a 10" pleco wouldn't work in a 10 gallon tank lol

    I love to make 10 gal tanks into Beta set-ups, Beta fish work great in that size tank. Maybe throw in a small school of cory's, 6 or so... (panda's are my personal fav)

    Make some caves out of half burried terra cotter pots in a sand substrate (Cory's will love you for the sand), or flat rocks stacked on round rocks to provide some hiding places, add a few small low-light plants for the Beta to play in and boom you got yourself a beautiful looking set-up.



    That is after your tank is Cycled of course
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    Don't forget all the Micro Rasboras available now and a lot of smaller Tetras like Gold Phantom Tetras, Green Neons, and Ember tetras.

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    For a 10g Mosquito Rasbora and Cherry Shrimp would be nice!

    I agree with C-dubb. Take the fish to your petstore. They can't say no if you're standing there holding them. Make sure it's a good pet store though.

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