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What would you put in a 5.5g?
Old 11-19-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
 
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What would you put in a 5.5g?

As the subject says, what would you put in a 5.5 gallon tank.

I'm thinking of putting one that size in at my desk at work. I think it would be small enough to easily manage while not getting out of hand. After all, I'd have to use a bathroom sink for water changes and can't fill buckets. I think I could get a 1 gallon water jug filled though.

The first thought was a Betta ... but I'm not overly fond of them, they are just 'okay'.

But I'm not sure what else. I think a 5.5g is even too small for neon tetras. The length of the tank is 16 inches.

Puffer fish I think have been suggested before, but I'm not interested in them.

Snails only would be a bit too boring.

For filter, should I find an internal or use a sponge filter? I'm wondering if the bubbles from a sponge filter would be too loud, this will be in a cubical farm. It comes with a HOB, but not sure how well that would work.
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Old 11-19-2012, 10:31 AM   #2
 
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Cherry shrimp and maybe a few nerite snail's would be my choice.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:31 PM   #3
 
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I'd still go with a betta. Get a super halfmoon with amazing fins. I can't think of anything more stunning for a tank that size.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:41 PM   #4
 
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I just put a Betta in a 5.5, looks great!



Excuse the gaudy colors, my 4 year old picked it out.

I actually love Pea Puffers, but I wouldn't keep them in a 5.5 anyway. 3 in a 10 is ideal I think.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:11 PM   #5
 
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I just put a Betta in a 5.5, looks great!


Excuse the gaudy colors, my 4 year old picked it out.

I actually love Pea Puffers, but I wouldn't keep them in a 5.5 anyway. 3 in a 10 is ideal I think.
What do you use for the filter, the HOB it comes with?

I'm thinking of replacing my 10g and 20g HOBs with sponge filters, the 10g has a Betta in it. Since I already have the Betta, that's why I'm exploring what all other options exist.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
 
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Yeah, a Marineland Penguin 100B which is supposed to be good up to 20 gallons. I would trust it on a 5.5 or 10. I don't think it would be adequate for a 20.

I use an Aquaclear 20 on my 10 gallon with the 3 puffers. I put a piece of sponge on the water intake so they don't get sucked up.


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What do you use for the filter, the HOB it comes with?

I'm thinking of replacing my 10g and 20g HOBs with sponge filters, the 10g has a Betta in it. Since I already have the Betta, that's why I'm exploring what all other options exist.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:21 PM   #7
 
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I prefer minimal flow, which is why I'm considering sponge filters.

Not sure if the bubbler would be loud though, in a quite office.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:57 PM   #8
 
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The sponge filter might increase the rate of overall office bathroom breaks and get you in trouble. Do you like African Dwarf Frogs ? Maybe some of those little Endlers, or whatever they're called.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
 
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My first choice would be a Betta but a stand alone shrimp tank would be cool. I'd still throw in some snails just to add something else.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:21 PM   #10
 
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I agree with you about bettas. Some people love em, but i just don't think they're all that amazing. I would reccomend a school of white cloud mountain minnows. they are very playful and have shiny colors. they are extremely hardy and don't need a heater. I would get some shrimp to go with them. Shrimp are peaceful, funny and loaded with personality. They will climb as well as swim around at the top of the water. You could even get a whole bunch of different shrimp and dedicate the tank just to them. I would reccomend cherry, ghost and amano shrimp. One other idea is some african dwarf frogs. they are very fun frogs that never leave the water. Don't put a frog with the shrimp though, it will try to eat them.All of these ideas would be happy in a 5.5 tank. They are so fun to watch and easy to care for! hope that helped!!!
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