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What shall I do with this tank?

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Hellooooo2013 Sat 05-Jan-13 00:34:46

My dd had 6 white cloud mountain minnows in a 60 litre tank in her room but she has lost interest in them and I am the only one that feeds them, checks on them, watches them. So I'm thinking I might make the tank more interesting, put something in I like as well. There's no heater in at the moment but I have one I can put in. How best do I increase the temperature, just at the speed the heater heats it or more gradually?

There are only 4 minnows left, what can I add to live with them? Could I add in maybe 6 small tetras of some sort or would that be too much?

This all depends on me finding somewhere to put the tank in the living room...

EauRouge Sat 05-Jan-13 09:25:13

Minnows are temperate fish, they don't like it too warm. I wouldn't mix them with tetras. If you only have 4 minnows then I would either increase the shoal size to more than 6 or rehome them and get something else.

60 litres is a brilliant size for small tetras or other small tropical fish, you could have a shoal of something brightly coloured (I've got cherry barbs in mine, pink-obsessed DD1's choice grin ). I would stick to just one shoal of fish though, it's not really big enough for 2 shoals. At a push you could have a pair of small gouramis (sparkling gouramis maybe) with a small shoal of small fish but you'd have to keep a close eye on the water.

If you've got hard water then shell-dwelling cichlids might be a better option, they are really cute and interesting little fish.

Depends on water conditions really.

Hellooooo2013 Sat 05-Jan-13 10:58:39

Thanks, that makes sense.

I don't know much about cichlids - never heard of shell dwelling ones, so I'll look into those.

Tbh I don't really want to rehome the minnows (hate catching them and bagging them, plus they are a few years old now, don't know anyone who would want them). May just have to hang on until they die.

TinyDancingHoofer Sat 05-Jan-13 14:11:23

You could get a weather/dojo loach. It would need a bigger home in couple of years. But if you think there's a chance you'd buy a bigger tank later on they are really fun to watch.

StuffezLaBouche Sat 16-Feb-13 07:48:54

I think 60 litres wouldnt last a weather loach long, sadly. They like being in groups and enjoy winding.eachother up, its a shame to keep them alone.
I had three of them in a 300litre tank and they were HUGE. After a year the biggest was about 8 inches and im.certain will be massive now. (had to get rid of the tank due to move.)
I have a 185 litre tank now and wouldnt.put a weather loach in there.

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