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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V4 #1423

You might keep some honey gouramies, paradise fish-M operculus, M chinensis, 
M concolor as they are capable of withstanding temperatures in the 50F 

Edward Venn,
SMG Holdings Co., Ltd.,
Deux Chateaux Blanc 2-303,
1356 Kobuchi, Kasukabe,
Saitama, Japan

>Subject: Re: small plant tank inhabitants? and heating?
> >>Heating ideas please?
>   You could set it on a heating pad that is set on low.  This should
>keep the tank in the high 70s to low 80s - pretty good for a betta.
> >>Other than a beta, what might you guys put in this mini planted
> >>tank?  I thought of White Clouds if I can't heat the tank, but they
> >>are rarely available here.
>   I'm not too sure how wide the tank is.  If it isn't more than 6", I
>probably wouldn't go with anything except a Betta.  I kept a lone male
>in one of those 4 gal. hex tanks.  He grew quite nicely.  If it's a bit
>wider, maybe a few neons might look good.
> >>I'm going to look at very small filters this weekend.  This tank
> >>has a little UGF with it, but I don't want to use that.  I'm thining
> >>sponge filter may be about my only option.
>   I'm thinking that if you have it planted, you won't need a filter.
>The movement of the fish and the heat from below will keep the water
>moving enough for the plants.  And the plants would take care of the
>bio load between weekly water changes.
>   I think a Betta would be your best bet for a fish - or amybe a
>paradise fish or dwarf gourami might work as well.  If you keep the
>tank warm and add some live and/or frozen foods to their diet, they'll
>be a nice lively fish.  But I wouldn't go with more than one fish of
>this size.  You might be able to get away with about 3 or 4 small
>tetras or rasboras instead.

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