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finally purchased my 5 gallon tank, how should i stock it?
Old 02-12-2012, 05:09 PM   #11
 
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:44 PM   #12
 
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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??
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:57 PM   #13
 
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:28 PM   #14
 
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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?
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #15
 
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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.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:06 PM   #16
 
would my odds of succes with neons and bettas be better with a female betta rather than a male?
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:30 PM   #17
 
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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.
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Old 02-13-2012, 10:17 AM   #18
 
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You could instead of a betta, try maybe ember tetras, or endlers livebearers :) two of my favorites.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:45 AM   #19
 
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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.

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Old 02-13-2012, 01:57 PM   #20
 
could i keep a tiny school of pygmy cories with a male betta
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