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What to put in 5.5 gallon mini-tank w/ filter/aerator & snails?
Old 07-03-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
 
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What to put in 5.5 gallon mini-tank w/ filter/aerator & snails?

I've got two pond snails that I found in my bigger tank (I didn't have the heart to kill them!) in a little 5.5 gallon tank, with a hagen elite pump/aerator, and I'd like to put a couple of fish in there. The issue is, I don't want to have to use a heater or a light, which I know limits my options. It essentially just sits in the kitchen right now, and will likely end up on a desk.

I don't want to put something in there that will suffer in any way. Would a couple guppies be too much?
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Old 07-03-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
 
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Maybe a few White Cloud Mountain Minnows. Although, they are a schooling fish and your tank is a bit on the small side. But they only grow to about 1.5" and like cooler water (64-72F). Or maybe some Endlers livebearers. You would probably want to only get males so you don't end up with a bunch of fry.
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 AM   #3
 
could always go with a betta
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Old 07-04-2009, 03:05 AM   #4
 
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I have a similar issue. I just put up a tiny 3 gallon tank in my office at work and have been wondering what to put in it. I thought about the tetra route but I have tetras at home. What I think I'm going to do is put 3 Golden White Cloud Mountain Minnows in it. I think three of them will be ok in there, wouldn't go with any more though and at least with three they can have some of their schooling instinct satisfied.
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Old 07-04-2009, 08:51 AM   #5
 
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could always go with a betta
Bettas prefer and require warmer water. 78 to 80 degrees is usually what is recommended. I maintain mine at a steady 80 degrees. I like the idea of minnows
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Old 07-04-2009, 02:11 PM   #6
 
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Bettas prefer and require warmer water. 78 to 80 degrees is usually what is recommended. I maintain mine at a steady 80 degrees. I like the idea of minnows

I do not heat my betta tanks (have two) and both are fine...I consider my bettas to be lucky too cause most people keep them in nothing but a small bowl but manage to also live fine so I still dont see a problem here in all honesty.
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Old 07-05-2009, 03:58 PM   #7
 
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Perhaps I'll go with minnows then. I just noticed little specs moving around the sides of the tank: looks like the snails made more snails! I guess adding the filter & putting the plant stuff I've been grabbing from the big tank's filter intakes made it a more habitable place. It's too bad they're pond snails, or I'd put 'em in the big tank.

Will I need special food for the minnows? Or would the goldfish food I have work?
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