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What fish in a spec?

I'm thinking of getting a Spec for my office. Any recommendations on fish? This will be a moderately planted tank. Will probably house a couple of shrimp and snails. I would like the tank to be fairly low maintenance. Thanks.

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Guppies are easy. Also they do not need that much room like schooling fish do. A betta would also work but he might snack on your shrimps.

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Guppies are easy. Also they do not need that much room like schooling fish do. A betta would also work but he might snack on your shrimps.
How many fancy guppies do you think I could keep?

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Hmm well if the Spec holds about 1 gallon and if you keep up with the maintenance, I imagine you could keep up to 5.

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Hmm well if the Spec holds about 1 gallon and if you keep up with the maintenance, I imagine you could keep up to 5.
I believe the spec is 2 gallons. Like I said, minimal maintenance is a must. Just once a week water changes and the occasional pruning of plants.

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Well 5 guppies should be no problem in 2 gallons. What I meant by keeping up with the maintenance is don't decide to go 2 weeks without a water change. Once a week is perfect, and 2 gallons is super easy to change.

Guppies are relatively hardy. I kept them while my tank was going through its cycling stages and the ammonia and nitrates were through the roof. Not even the tetras survived, but the guppies are still alive (and breeding) to this day.

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Gotcha. Thanks.

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maybe get endlers instead of guppies. they are smaller. less biomass=less waste=less maintenance.

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I breed Endler's myself. They are awesome fish. Males are smaller than a regular guppy.

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Tinwini Danios are awesome little fish, but are a little harder to find.
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You can keep 6 phoenix rasboras, boraras merah. I have 11 in a 2.5 gallon. They're tiny.
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Maybe Boraras brigittae - chili rasboras - as they are really small.

What about CPD - how do you think they would do?
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Would the rasboras require a blackwater set up?

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Would the rasboras require a blackwater set up?
I don't think so. My Brigittae are perfectly fine without it. I do recommend you alter the flow though because they are tiny and will get pushed around too much.
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Thanks. The Jan 2012 issue of TFH magazine had a pretty good article on nano fish. I found my issue last night. They recommend the same fish yall have recommended. Thanks for all your help.

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