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post #1 of 9 Old 03-16-2009, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
Can Panda's go with...

Betta or fancy tailed guppies in a 5 gallon? How big do they get aprox?
I have a 5 gallon tank i am trying to decide what to put in. Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-16-2009, 06:35 PM
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Pandas need a 10 gallon to be happy. They are schooling fish,at least 6 of them. But they can go with some bettas,depending on their temperment. I dunno bout guppies.

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post #3 of 9 Old 03-16-2009, 10:22 PM
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Considering temperature is the issue, no. Pandas like a much cooler environment unlike the bettas. Get the otos instead.

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post #4 of 9 Old 03-17-2009, 03:48 AM
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I would go with a single betta, The otocinclus feeds almost exclusively on algae and they do poorly in the absence of it. While you may find some of these fish that will eat algae wafers or vegetable supplements, many don't. The likelihood is not unlike the risk taken by some,, of introducing other fish to betta tanks. Some will get along with other fish,, but many won't. If you decide to go with guppies then another tank might be needed for all of the offspring. If you go with all male fancy tails (guppies) then in a small enviornment, I would expect some tail nipping by other males. If you place the tank near a window where it can get some sunlight either directly or indirectly which would encourage algae,, then Oto's would be a good choice. Keep the water clean.

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post #5 of 9 Old 03-17-2009, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
Well, i decided to put my current betta in the tank. So i am going to have to find something that stays small and can go with him. He doesn't seem overly agressive. he doesn't flare at me or his food or his reflection...
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-18-2009, 03:34 PM
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You could probably go with an oto. But i think i read they are hard to keep alive. Most times from the stress of being shipped,then they will eat all your algea then wont eat anything else. I could be wrong,but I believe thats what i read. I really wanted to try an oto or two i have some algae in Fishys tank lol. Id be sad though if they just die on me.

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post #7 of 9 Old 03-18-2009, 05:30 PM
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Yep, otos require algae. I'm keeping otos in a 5gl with my betta but the tank is planted w/ lots of algae growing. Otos are best kept in a group of at least three, IMO.
I'm also keeing another betta in a 5gl with pygmy cories. Pygmys are VERY small so you could keep a group of 6 to 8 in a 5gl w/ a betta. All bettas have individual personalities, some tolerate tankmates well, others don't. My bettas show zero interest in their tankmates, lucky for me!

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-18-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
Hmmm i might try Pygmies. I am not going to have much algae growing, since i hate the look, so try really hard to not have ANY. I am thinking i am going to put a shrimp in the tank, see if he is ok with it, and then if he is, transfer the shrimp to the other tank, and add the new fish to that one. I am also contemplating 5-6 neon tetras or "glow-fish"
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-18-2009, 09:54 PM
I think the pygmy cories sound nice.
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