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post #1 of 14 Old 06-27-2012, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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Question five gallon tank

i recently got a five gallon bow front tank, with sand and filter. i'm now trying to see what i can do with it. what does one put in a 5 gallon tank? a betta would probably be ok, but what other options do i have? inverts?

i know water will make a difference, but for a five gallon i can manage to get whatever water i need for it.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-27-2012, 09:13 AM
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Rock shrimp, ghost shtimp, filtering clams, snails, dwarf frogs, you could lower the water add some rocks and put a mudskipper in it, guppies, lower the water and add a fire belly toad, crabs, crawfish(as a juvinile)

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what about something colorful like cherry shrimp? the sand is black, so something like that might look really good.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-27-2012, 09:23 AM
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fancy guppies are very coulorful a school would look very awesome you could mix them with a female betta and a filtering clam and some cherry shrimp

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fancy guppies are very coulorful a school would look very awesome you could mix them with a female betta and a filtering clam and some cherry shrimp
Female betta are known to be just as aggressive as male betta, and both will often mistake male guppies for rival betta. Plus, a 5 gallon tank is too small to keep betta with other fish.

One or two male guppies could work along with some cherry shrimp. A single male betta with cherry shrimp also works. A single dwarf puffer is also an option, but they usually eat shrimp. Are the shrimp what you want to focus on?

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post #6 of 14 Old 06-27-2012, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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i hadn't really decided, though since i've asked the question i've come to like the idea of cherry shrimp and a few guppies, and maybe an apple snail. i do plan to have a bunch of plants too. does this plan sound like it would work?

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post #7 of 14 Old 06-27-2012, 11:49 AM
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If you do go with guppies, get all males and no more than 3. Adding females to the bunch will guarantee babies, and a tank of that size can get overstocked very quickly.

I don't know much about apple snails, but I do know that they have a deceptively large bioload. They require a little more care than your average aquarium snail. I know there are some members here with a lot more experience with them, so maybe one of them will chime in.

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If you do go with guppies, get all males and no more than 3. Adding females to the bunch will guarantee babies, and a tank of that size can get overstocked very quickly.
good point, and that was my plan. 2 or 3 males, no females.

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post #9 of 14 Old 08-07-2012, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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ok, i will be getting the guppies for this tank next week, going with 2 for now. how many cherry shrimp would be good for this size tank?

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fancy guppies are very coulorful a school would look very awesome you could mix them with a female betta and a filtering clam and some cherry shrimp
I highly advise against clams for a few reasons.
1) They are difficult to feed properly.
2) They bury dishevels for the majority of time. When they die, it causes an explosion of ammonia in your tank immediately following their death. Since they are usually hidden, it could be days before you realize something is wrong. By then the ammonia spike can kill anything else living in you tank.


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