five gallon tank
I have a five gallon tank and need to purchase some fish. What type and quantity of fish would be appropriate for my tank. I have a ten gallon setup that has four cory cats and three platies
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Hi and welcome to the forum. There really isn't too much that can comfortably live in your 5 gal tank. Bettas are probably your best bet as they are the most common fish that can live in a tank that size. There are some others, but they are very sensitive and hard to find (ie expensive).
You can try a betta, shrimp, and/or a snail
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If you're only looking for fish, then a betta is your best bet. You could probably get away with a few endler live bearers or guppies if they are all male, but it's far from ideal. In a 5 gallon tank, the water quality can go south quickly with too many fish.
But if you want something different, then there are quite a few different shrimp that would be quite happy in the tank (red cherry shrimp and ghost shrimp being the most common) or alternatively, a couple of African dwarf frogs are always fun.
If you do decide to go with slightly larger fish, then you should definitely get some live plants in the aquarium to help keep the water quality decent, and some Malaysian trumpet snails would also be a good idea to eat any extra food and algae.
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