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post #1 of 5 Old 04-14-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking a 5G- ember tetras or puffers?

I found out my LFS has dwarf puffers listed as "gold BB puffer"

After bit of research, I discovered it's "CARINOTETRAODON TRAVANCORICUS" which is dwarf puffer.

So now, I'm wondering if I should go with dwarf puffer or ember tetras. *shrug*

Are puffers okay with shrimp? Probably not...

(btw, sunpet.com carries dwarf puffers, amano shrimp, RCS, and CPOs- and they supply pet supplies plus and many other pet chains/stores. Maybe these hard to get items are closer than you think, they're just mislabeled.)

Oh, or a betta. Hmm....

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-14-2010, 05:58 PM
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I would say no to ember tetras, 5g sounds way too small.

Have you checked into microrasboras? They're insane. Like less than an inch total body length. They look stunning in nano setups. Some more well-known members of the microrasbora group include:

-Celestial Pearl Danios
-Chili Rasboras
-Boraras Briggitae
-Boraras Merah
-Microrasboras nana

I have also seen dwarf tetras... can't name any off the top of my head though.
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Ember tetras are that tiny. About .5 inch fully grown.
Will look into the rasboras though.

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I am not personally aware of any available characins among tetras that is smaller than the Ember Tetra, but there may be some not commonly available. A group of 6+ in a 5g well planted would work fine.

A caution on combining them with shrimp though; embers need soft acidic water as noted in our profile, while shrimp to my understanding are better in basic harder water to maintain their exoskeleton. Same issue with the lovely dwarf rasbora species mentioned, Boraras merah, B. briggitae, etc., these also need soft acidic water.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-15-2010, 11:01 AM
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My mistake I must have been thinking of another tetra!

Some embers, dwarf shrimp and maybe a sparkling gourami or a honey gourami would look great IMO... like a micro-community!
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