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01-02-2013, 05:12 PM #1
5 gal tank, looking for sugestions.
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.
01-02-2013, 05:42 PM #2
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.
01-02-2013, 06:17 PM #3
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.
01-02-2013, 06:31 PM #4
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
01-02-2013, 06:37 PM #5
0Originally Posted by ~firefly~
You could keep shrimp - have you considered them?
A ghost shrimp with the badis could make a interesting tank perhaps.
01-02-2013, 06:51 PM #6
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 species...you'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.