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miagrrl 10-25-2008 01:52 PM

which fish to buy?
I am giving an aquarium to a friend of mine's little girl for her birthday (she LOVES my fish, always takes care of them when i am out of town :-)). i am getting her a small tank (5 gallons).....and yes i know bigger is better, but they are limited on space. she loves my betta, and will probably go for one of them, but are there any other small fish, that she could keep just ONE in a tank that size? i know a lot of small fish are shoaling fish- so sombody else that would be ok living solo??

xDoctor Bob 10-25-2008 02:24 PM

I've heard of guppies living in 5 gal tanks for a long time. ( only 1 ) But the most I've seen in one is 3. A dwarf gourami could work.

iamntbatman 10-25-2008 02:37 PM

I have a 5.5 gallon tank with two pairs of Endler's livebearers, an amano shrimp, and six pygmy cories. They're all really tiny little fish.

tophat665 10-30-2008 06:39 PM

I've got two 5.5s, one with a betta and a pair of ADFs (my six year old's tank), and one with 3 dwarf puffers (my 8 year old's).

You can go with 5 or 6 of any of the small tetras or rasboras - neons, green fire, ember, black neon, and von rio tetras, any of the bororas rasboras - brigittae and maculata spring to mind. Medaka ricefish. Certain killifish will work. Some of them will eat prepared foods, some not. Ask a killi expert.

Sparkling gouramis, Honey Dwarf gouramis (Colisa chuna).

The smallest cories will work, but not as well as you'd think, because they all prefer to be in as large a school as you can manage, generally 10 or more in the aquarium (thought they will survive just fine, you might not see them often.)

Some of the smallest Lake Tanganyika shell dwellers can be kept as a pair in a 5.5, but then you have to have something to do with the fry. Culling is no fun to explain to kids. Trust me on this.

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