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Question 3 year old wants fish

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I have gotten out of fish-keeping for about two years now as there just wasn't enough time to keep everything healthy. Well things have slowed down and its my son's birthday coming up. He loves to watch fish in other peoples aquarium and he remembers me having them. So my wife and I are thinking of setting up my 5 gallon hex tank for him.

I would prefer him to get to see "baby" fish one day (I still have a 25 gallon tank if that becomes an issue, although not ready to set this one up). The first thing that comes to mind is guppies, except for some reason I have never had any luck with live-bearers, maybe the water. The second thing that I thought of was convict cichlids except the tank is to small for them.

Cory's are another thought but again they are a school fish so tank size may be an issue??

Any other ideas?

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Re: 3 year old wants fish

For a small tank like that, you could have a few bright swimmers like a trio of scarlet badis (1 male 2 females), and a colony of red cherry shrimp. Both will reproduce, and the way the red cherry shrimp do so is quite intriguing - the females become "saddled" with eggs and secrete pheromones into the water, similar to a female dog going into heat. The male finds her, knocks her up, and she lays her eggs, then carries them in her swimmers under her tail and the term we use to describe the females then is "berried". Once she hatches the eggs, they take about 2-3 months for you to see the baby shrimp in the tank.

Do live plants if you want to have either of these species. Scarlet badis and RCS both enjoy heavily planted tanks with low current, and shrimp especially love moss like java moss and Marimo moss.

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Re: 3 year old wants fish

You can try other live bearers like Platys or Endlers. The endlers dont even grow that big themselves as adults haha
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Re: 3 year old wants fish

I thought about going the shrimp route, I'll have to see what his interest in them is first though. Thanks for the suggestion.

I have never had anything to do with endlers before, so i will look them up, but Platys I have tried and they are very similar to swordtails which as I mentioned had no luck with, so not sure how platys would do.

Thanks, any more ideas out there?
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Re: 3 year old wants fish

I've got a group of Heterandria Formosa in my 5. Very small fish, but TONS of personality and livebeareres too. I've heard that they don't eat their young like most livebearers do, but if mine have bred yet, I haven't seen fry to verify this. I'm keeping mine with some neocardinias (cherry shrimp).
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