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  1. Default 5 gal tank, looking for sugestions.

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    I got a 5 gal tank for Christmas, and I'm looking for suggestions on what to put in it.

    I have a larger tank, that has 2 angels, 12 neons, 6 black neons, 3 black skirt tetras and a beta. They are all very healthy and seem happy. The tank also has live plants. Over the last 9 months I've lost 1 neon so I'm figure I'm doing pretty well all in all. The 2 angels will most likely be leaving soon, they're a matting pair and are turning rather aggressive to the other fish. But I'll see how that goes.

    I'm thinking of either a school of small fish, neons, or something along that line. I plan on using live plants in this one as well. Maybe a shrimp for cleaning.

    That or perhaps 2-3 dwarf Cichlids of some sort.

    I know 5 gallons isn't a big tank, so I'm rather limited in what I can put in there, but any ideas would be most welcome.

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    I have a male Betta in my 5 gallon and it's just perfect for him. I know it is only one fish but it's something to think about.

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    5 gallons is too small for dwarf cichlids.

    You could keep shrimp - have you considered them? They're fun and interesting. You're at an advantage if you already have a planted tank - you could set up a nano planted aquascape.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    I would say do a betta tank or raise some shrimp.
    55 Gallon Freshwater Tank (semi-planted) 48"x21"x13"

    Video of 55GAL Tank - DEC 2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~firefly~
    5 gallons is too small for dwarf cichlids.
    Yeah I'm seeing that after looking a bit. I did find the Scarlet Gem Badis, that looks like maybe 3 or so might work. They only get to be about 1" long, and are quite peaceful. I'd do a species tank anyway, so they seem like a good fit.

    You could keep shrimp - have you considered them?
    Sorta. I wouldn't mind a shrimp but the tank doesn't have great light, a single LED right now. So I'd have to get better lighting before I could consider doing a aquascape.

    A ghost shrimp with the badis could make a interesting tank perhaps.

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    Hmmm...I'd not heard of Scarlet Gem Badis but looking them up suggests they need at least 10 gallons. To be perfectly honest I wouldn't keep a betta in anything less than 10 gallons either.

    You could look at some of the microrasbora're pushing it a bit for them (volume) but might be ok.

    I keep a shrimp tank with low lighting (planted). If you choose your planting carefully you should be ok. Anubias (nano varieties are nice in small tanks) and java moss should thrive.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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