12-28-2006, 02:20 AM
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In 2.5 gallons, with 2 ghost shrimp (after the tank has cycled) OR 2-4 cherry shrimp (after cycling), there are a few options you could work with... glolite tetras, rasbora het, borneo sucker (only 1 of these), white clouds, dwarf honey gourami (would be the only fish), coral platys, male fancy guppys, sphenops molly, gold dust molly (male only for mollys), dwarf frogs...
Or, I have one other idea for you, but it would mean redoing the look of the tank and taking the live plants out.
You could go brackish, use crushed coral for substrate in place of the gravel, lots of rocks with small holes in them (honeycomb rock works great and looks cool), and put a few bumble bee gobies in there. Silk plants would look almost real and give you the planted look, and you'd have colorful and cool fish with some personality.
Stocking limits, regardless of which fish you choose, would be a limit of 1 - 2 fish for a tank that size, with regular small water changes (weekly, 20%) and easy on the feedings.
I have a bunch of 2.5 gallons, and each has something different. In one I have 4 small sparkling gouramis, growing up for my 55 gallon... 1 holds a betta, and one has a dwarf frog in it with a mystery snail.... the small tanks can be fun, but they can also be more work.