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    You can also get a female betta attempt to breed them. I was fortunate enough to do that with bettas, as well as other bubblenest builders when I was in high school. That's always a fun thing for kids to experience.

    Moonflower, I personally never mixed the Dwarf African Frogs together. So my suggestion may have been amiss. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] I was thinking in terms of tropical, vs. non-tropical. Would the frogs be too slow for a goldfish? I kow that they hang at the top of the tank. Maybe of some floating plants were provided?

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    jimscott- as far as i know... plants + goldfish = salad bar the little pigs eat nearly everything in sight. i honestly don't know exactly how the two species would interact, having never kept ADF's, but i know that goldfish are a) always hungry and b) not terribly smart so a little brown wiggly thing in the tank might look appetizing, and i don't know how well that would work. personally i can't try it... no room for the poor frog if things don't work out for some reason or another.

    i have also heard that one of the problems with keeping frogs & fish together is that the goldfish will eat all the food before the frog ever gets there... goldfish find food by sight, and the frogs find it by smell which obviously take a bit longer. in my tank, bloodworms for the frog would be gone before you could say "yuck". if anyone tries the frog/fish setup they may want to keep that in mind as well... but unknownclown, if you've got a spare tank laying around in case of emergencies, you could definitely try the frog... i can't see it turning out too badly if you keep a close eye on things. plus frogs are just cool in general [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]

    i think i'm going to go with the apple snail myself. it's a bit of variety, doesn't take up much space, and has that handy Goldfish Defense System known as a shell. we shall see...
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    Heather, you have more experience than me in this area. I never kept the two together at home, nor had we, at the wholesaler, put the two together. You know your stuff!

    Personally, I would ditch the goldfish and/or frog idea altogether and keep a tank of fancy guppies. That was always fun for me when I was a kid and it was about the only thing my daughter found to be entertaining enough, as a baby/toddler, to keep her from crying.

    Shelly/Unknownclown, you may want to consider any of what I had when I was a kid: I had 8 tanks in our basement. one had livebearers, just having at it. Another had Water Sprite. Another was for a breeding pair of Convict Cichlids. Anothetr for a breeding pair of Jewel Cichlids. The rest were devoted to breeding Bettas, Paradise Fish, Pearl Leeries, Dwarf, Blue, and Thicklipped Gouramis. Kids like to see baby fish.


    Heather/Moonflower, have you ever had Ramshorn or Albino snails?

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    I would take the goldfish out, give it its own 20 gallon tank, and leave the betta by itself in the 10 gallon.

    the tank is too small as it is for those 2 fish, adding more fish would overstock it further..
    and those 2 fish are not very compatable to begin with.
    the betta should have a heater, kept at 78 degrees:
    http://honors.montana.edu/~weif/firsttank/betta.phtml

    the goldfish shouldnt have a heater at all..

    very incompatle fish..should never be in the same tank..

    Scot

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    heheh just an added note... see my post on "stingray plecos" for another idea

    and jimscott... i had a few golden apple snail years ago, when i believed the line "oh yeah they live off the algae in the tank, nothing else". a few years' experience and several pet stores later, i *might* try one again! right now i'm really liking the hillstream loach idea, although if i find that it won't overstock my tank i might just go for both.

    oh to have the room/time/money for limitless fish tanks...
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    Why do I always eem to do things in the wrong order? I came upon the Hillstream Loach topic first!

    I guess now's not the time to suggest a nice saltwater tank! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

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    Apple snails can get as big as apples and crap constantly. I've had many, and I loved them, but, like I said, they crap constantly, and that adds to the high amount of ammonia a goldfish would already be creating in the water.3

    Apple snails eat almost anything.. algae, fish food, dead fish, etc.
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