Hi, I had a 25l tank set up for some fish that didn't get on in my community tank which I've since returned to the shop I got them from.
As the tank was already in place and set up I "negotiated" so that the tank is now a permanent fixture and so, needed some new fish, something interesting enough for me to justify their being there. I considered another betta
, but great as they are, I can't stand to see them locked away in solitary confinement, they just look so bored or frustrated...
Having been looking at fish for my community tank so long, having to ignore so many that I couldn't have due to the betta
, I suddenly remembered my 1st choice for tankmates, before learning just how limiting the Betta can actually be, the Guppies (followed by just about every other fish I liked the look of
So I picked up 2x female and a Male from my local friendly fish man, then by some strange coincidence, a friend came round wanting me to take some of his fry off his hands as he was getting overrun, So I took 3x small ones about 1cm long.
The tank has a filter pump rated at 400 lph, although I think thats a bit optomistic, I've also added extra sponge to the outside of the casing over the intakes and piled up a load of 1" gravel up behind the large rock which covers the whole filter/sponge/gravel alltogether (I hope) giving the tank loads of areas for the good bacteria to colonise.
Its was set up about a month ago using gravel/filter sponges & water from my already cycled tank and established itself very quickly with the 5 fish that were in there, all parameters are good and it gets a 50% water change weekly. theres also a good selection of plants since it became a refuge for any stray that I found floating around my main tank.
I dont plan on adding anymore adult fish, 1 female is already carrying, but how many fish could I realistically keep in there?
Thanks, sorry it was so long