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Thread: fish for tank

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    So my brother wants a saltwater tank but all he has room for is a 5 gallon tank. What type of fish would do good in a tank this size. Please don't say nothing because there has to be something and no corals thanks. Also how much salt would need to go in it thanks again. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eicg View Post
    Please don't say nothing because there has to be something
    sorry to say, but there are times in life where nothing fits the criteria. If someone were to ask what villa they could buy
    for under 50 cents, and didn't accept none for an answer, then they'd have difficulties.

    keeping a saltwater tank is more complex than freshwater tanks, and requires dedication.
    There is a whole lot more to it than just adding some salt to the water. for those starting out(which I presume is the situation your brother is in) it is recommended to get a larger tank because maintaining a nano(bothfresh and salt) has a very, very small margin of error.
    even if there were fish species that could live in 5 gallons of water, only an aquarist with prior experience should try keeping them in a smaller space like that.

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    I would suggest doing a little reading on marine aquariums before setting one up

    You would need to mix your salt water to get your salinity at 1.026

    As for stocking, maybe a cleaner shrimp and some snails.

    Even the smallest of marine fish need at least a 10 gallon tank and that would be pushing it IMO
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    I agree with what they said. You shouldn't look for the smallest possible space that something can fit in, there was a post over on another forum about an aquarist's father keeping a bala shark in terribly cramped conditions, where it was all jumpy and nervous and kept crashing into the glass. Try gently talking your brother into a freshwater tank, and a slightly bigger one, too. Good luck!
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    Ditch the plans for saltwater and make it a betta tank. That's all I've got. Everyone else already gave pretty good advice.
    40 gallon FW -1 male halfmoon betta named Max, 2 GBR's (Peter and Lois) who better clean up their act, 11neon tetras (damn GBR's killed one), 12 black neon tetras, 2 assassin snails, and 1 albino BN pleco named Tiberius.

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    I already have 15 Betta tanks, not bowls. I breed Betta's and sell them. I also have a 14 gallon tropical tank, a 30 gallon indoor gold fish pond, a 100 gallon out door pond, and a 50 gallon discus tank. And my brother and i live together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eicg View Post
    I already have 15 Betta tanks, not bowls. I breed Betta's and sell them. I also have a 14 gallon tropical tank, a 30 gallon indoor gold fish pond, a 100 gallon out door pond, and a 50 gallon discus tank. And my brother and i live together.
    Well then I would think you already knew there wasn't a suitable marine fish for a 5 gallon tank. As much as he wants it to happen I don't think it is going to work out for him.
    40 gallon FW -1 male halfmoon betta named Max, 2 GBR's (Peter and Lois) who better clean up their act, 11neon tetras (damn GBR's killed one), 12 black neon tetras, 2 assassin snails, and 1 albino BN pleco named Tiberius.

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    You could make a nice shrimp tank with a 5 gallon.
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    A shrimp tank would be really cool too I already though of that though I will try suggesting it again.

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    If you show him the wide variety of colours of shrimp available I'm sure he will come around to the idea of a shrimp tank.

    There's a few varieties to look at here: http://shrimpkeeping.com/water-params/
    • 20 gallon: Posh shrimp tank:2 panda taiwan bee shrimp, 14 F1 hybrid bee shrimps and MTS
    • 15 gallon: 1 Pair German Blue Ram, 9 Harlequin Rasbora, 1 Threadfin Rainbowfish, a lot of cherry shrimp and MTS

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