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Setting up a 2.6 gal Spec lll. Planning on a Red Racer Nerite and (to be determined) shrimp. I have three different fish in mind as the only fish in the tank:

1 male guppy (is the tank big enough?)
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1 Pea Puffer (will it bother a large Nerite, or the shrimp?)
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1-3 male Endler's

My own personal preferences aside, are any of these inappropriate for this tank? Thanks for your input!
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Puffer will kill the shrimp and snail. Guppies and Endlers would work, but not the most ideal in a 2.6 gallon. I'd imagine the guppies would probably eat shrimp as well, but I have no personal experience with those two together.
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No doubt in my mind that the pea puffer would eat the snail, and possibly the shrimp. also I wouldn't put one in anything less than a 5 gallon. One guppy would be pushing the limits but it is possible but not recommended. I would go with about 3 endlers with the shrimp and the nerite snail. Hope this helps good luck
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In 2.6g I would just go for shrimp n snails. It's not really big enough to sensibly house any fish.
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I have a pea puffer, guppies (male/female) and cherry/amano shrimp in a 10 gallon heavily planted tank. the puffer/guppies don't bother the adult shrimp but will nip at the smaller ones. of course, the shrimp have LOTS of hiding spots within all the plants. large snails will be ignored by the puffer most likely, but this greatly depends on the puffer's individual personality and how confident it is. it might nip at the snail, which will eventually kill it.. that being said, 2.6g isn't really big enough for anything other than the shrimp and snail.
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Frankly it'd be best as a shrimp only tank. Guppies and endlers fo better with more swim room. And the nerite won't have enough surface area for natural food.. not to mention the high nitrates from its poop in such a small tank.

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Too small a tank for nine black guppies, alas.
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I am sure people will flame me for this stocking but everything seemed fine!

I had 3 male Endlers, 1 Nerite snail and 3 Amano shrimp. The tank was planted with some crypts and moss.

The endlers swam all over playing while the other 2 cleaned the tank (I fed them too, were not just scavengers). I just recently upgraded them all to a flex 15 but they seemed happy in the Spec 3.
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Spec III is way too small and the dimensions suck for any fish.
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Thanks to all for the input! I decided to go the low stress/low guilt route.

On order: 1 Vittina waigiensis (Red Nerite), 5 Neocaridina davidi (Blue Rili Shrimp) plus Hagen Fluval Shrimp Granules Crustacean Food. As always, the Nerite will get a piece of a "snail pellet" now and then.

One SNAIL to rule them all...
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Thanks to all for the input! I decided to go the low stress/low guilt route.

On order: 1 Vittina waigiensis (Red Nerite), 5 Neocaridina davidi (Blue Rili Shrimp) plus Hagen Fluval Shrimp Granules Crustacean Food. As always, the Nerite will get a piece of a "snail pellet" now and then.

One SNAIL to rule them all...
I LOVE my snail & shrimp tank -- I bet you'll be happy!
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In Germany, I believe it would be illegal to have fish in the OPs tank. If I had a nano that small, I would do a plant only tank. I think aquariums without animals is the next evolutionary step in the aquatic gardening hobby. All the best, john
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In Germany, I believe it would be illegal to have fish in the OPs tank.
Here in Texas, we don't regulate much. Are Germans required to have their tanks inspected? How do they manage to enforce this law? Not looking to argue, just wondering.

I can totally see the beauty of an all-plant tank, but now that my Rili's have arrived, I can't take my eyes off their busy little selves!

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Here in Texas, we don't regulate much. Are Germans required to have their tanks inspected? How do they manage to enforce this law? Not looking to argue, just wondering.

I can totally see the beauty of an all-plant tank, but now that my Rili's have arrived, I can't take my eyes off their busy little selves!
Usually these types of regulations are more social than legislative. Sure, they may be on the books, but the application of enforcement works at a different level- through shared notions of what is acceptable/unacceptable in regard to animals/fish we keep as pets in our homes.



Aquarium stores most likely are bound by the law that they cant sell a tank of that size with fish to go in it. But, once the tank is sold, the aquarist can go the next day and purchase fish and the law cannot be enforced.





The powers that be are hoping that eventually people will share the idea that it is "wrong" to put fish in inadequate quarters and will regulate themselves in response.
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Thanks Discusluv for that very well written explanation. I also like Fisherking’s Lord of the Rings reference, all the best with your new tank Fisherking.
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