finally purchased my 5 gallon tank, how should i stock it? - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 05:09 PM
Member
 
thekoimaiden's Avatar
 
A 5 gal tank isn't much swimming room. That is your main problem. Planting a tank only does so much; it won't allow you put more fish in it than can comfortably swim.

---Izzy

Sitting by the koi pond

writings on fish and fishkeeping


thekoimaiden is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by thekoimaiden View Post
A 5 gal tank isn't much swimming room. That is your main problem. Planting a tank only does so much; it won't allow you put more fish in it than can comfortably swim.
but arent tetras really small??
zacheyp is offline  
post #13 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 06:57 PM
Member
 
fish monger's Avatar
 
Sounds like you want some color and action. Bettas give the color but, they move as little as possible. My experience has been that they just don't do well, in the long run, with other fish. For that reason, I would suggest that you go with a school of six brightly colored small tetras. You don't have to go overboard with the plants...just well planted.
fish monger is offline  
post #14 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by fish monger View Post
Sounds like you want some color and action. Bettas give the color but, they move as little as possible. My experience has been that they just don't do well, in the long run, with other fish. For that reason, I would suggest that you go with a school of six brightly colored small tetras. You don't have to go overboard with the plants...just well planted.
is there any other fish i could get with those 6?
zacheyp is offline  
post #15 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 09:00 PM
Member
 
thekoimaiden's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zacheyp View Post
but arent tetras really small??
Depends on your definition of "really small." Most get at least an inch. And they still need room to swim.

My vote still goes to a betta. They are the only things I would ever keep in a 5 gal tank. You can find much prettier ones than are typically seen in petstores at places like Aquabid.com. With a black background and substrate and some light/medium aquascaping you could have yourself a very pretty tank.

---Izzy

Sitting by the koi pond

writings on fish and fishkeeping


thekoimaiden is offline  
post #16 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
would my odds of succes with neons and bettas be better with a female betta rather than a male?
zacheyp is offline  
post #17 of 30 Old 02-12-2012, 09:30 PM
Member
 
thekoimaiden's Avatar
 
In that small of a tank you couldn't add any more fish in with a betta. You could add some shrimp, but no other fish. You need at least a 10 gal to have a school of neons with a betta.

Also females can be just as aggressive as the males.

---Izzy

Sitting by the koi pond

writings on fish and fishkeeping


thekoimaiden is offline  
post #18 of 30 Old 02-13-2012, 10:17 AM
Member
 
beetlebz's Avatar
 
You could instead of a betta, try maybe ember tetras, or endlers livebearers :) two of my favorites.

Dedicated, converted, lowes / home depot bulb buyer!
beetlebz is offline  
post #19 of 30 Old 02-13-2012, 11:45 AM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
As others have mentioned, your main issue is space. Fish need space for two reasons: first, physical space so they can be themselves, and second, the water quality depends upon the space being balanced with fish load.

Even a 10g is not much space, and too many people put too many of the wrong sort of fish in a 10g, and problems result. But there are options for a 5g.

The single male Betta with shrimp, snails and lots of plants. But if you want more than one fish, there are several species of dwarf fish around that will manage very well. Most of the commonly-seen tetra like neons do not fit this definition, and they are too large for a 5g. One or two fish yes, but tetra are shoaling fish that live in groups of hundreds and they have social interactions. Most sources recommend no less than 6 of any tetra species, but more is always better for the fish. This is an important part of being themselves, as nature made them.

The only "dwarf" tetra I know of is the Ember Tetra, and it is a beauty. A group of 7-8 in a planted 5g would be nice. Among the Cyprinids there are several dwarf species. The Scarlet Badis, Mosquito Rasbora, dwarf Rasbora, Emerald Dwarf Rasbora to name a few. You could have some substrate fish, like the Pygmy Cory, or shrimp. You will note these names are shaded; that means they are in the profiles, and you can click on the name to see that profile. The profile contains information on the fish's requirements respecting water parameters, tank size, and numbers.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #20 of 30 Old 02-13-2012, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
could i keep a tiny school of pygmy cories with a male betta
zacheyp is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new 29 gallon tank purchased reverendred Freshwater Journals 24 01-23-2013 05:00 AM
Stock My Tank (55 gallon) TMF89 Cichlids 3 09-16-2010 02:35 PM
Just purchased a 55 gallon tank EricAlverado Freshwater and Tropical Fish 7 06-06-2009 05:21 PM
Help me stock a 135 gallon tank CathyJ Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 24 03-01-2009 04:28 PM
stock 29 gallon tank gunmetal Freshwater and Tropical Fish 17 04-06-2008 09:13 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome