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Shananigan 01-21-2010 10:44 PM

Stocking a 5g tank! Suggestions?
I am setting a 5 gallon fish tank I got a few years back for christmas. It will have a heater, filter, bio-wheel, the whole-nine yards!:-D I'm not exactly sure what kind of fish I should put in the tank though. Perferrably I'd like a community tank with active colorful fish! Also I would really love to add some Africacn Dwarf Frogs to the mix if possible. I've always loved them! Any and all information/suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated!

Angel079 01-21-2010 10:50 PM

Instead of repeating myself I'd just like for you to read over the answer provided in the other thread here

Before we can properly assist you in finding adequate fish for your tank we need to know the pH and hardness of your water.

A "community" like several school fish like Tetras with a few center piece fish and some cory cats plus African dwarf frogs will not work in a 5g tank.

You can (pending your water as explained) either have one small group of fish there and that's it. Or eg 1 Betta fish with a group of shrimp. Or a handful of Dwarf Frogs only and then that's it.

You addressed having had serious issues with fish keeping before, I suggest its best to chose the new set up with a lil more caution and assistance to avoid that same problem again :-)

molliefan09 01-21-2010 10:50 PM

i think i just posted in your other thread...but ill say it here a 5 gallon i would, and have, kept a single male betta with 2 african dwarf frogs!! i am not sure what else you could do with it other then maybe adding some ghost/cherry shrimp but i got a lot of enjoyment out of my betta and frogs!!

Kelso 01-21-2010 11:56 PM

Option 1:
1 Betta
2 Frogs

Option 2:
1 Betta
1 Snail

Option 3:
3-4 Frogs

Option 4:
Paradise Fish

Option 5:
Mix up the previous options

iamntbatman 01-24-2010 01:49 AM

A couple of frogs and two male, four female Endler's livebearers. Very colorful fish. You'll be taking lots of fry to the LFS, though. You could also just get four or five males and not worry about fry, but usually they're sold as pairs or in trios.

kelly528 01-29-2010 02:02 PM


Cut and pasted from Tanks Smaller than 5 gallons... good for anything?


1g: Too small for a betta because they don't make any heaters small enough to safely heat a tank of this size. You could go with about 5-8 cherry shrimp, a handful of ghost shrimp (surprisingly entertaining) or a nice-looking snail like a zebra or a ramshorn if you clean the tank well and provide lettuce for them to eat.

2.5g: You can heat a tank of this size with a small heater (aim for 5w per gallon). The marineland stealth is a good one, but larger heaters (no larger than 25w) can be used on a low setting. A betta would be happy in this size, or even about 3 male guppies*. Another awesome pick is the Endler's Livebearer*, a relative of the guppy that grows only an inch in adult size, provided it's a male. Any of the options for a 1g will also work.

3g: Basically any of the options above. I might also add that the Eclipse comes in a 3g model... the excellent filtration system can handle a few more fish than the average filter.

5g: All of the above. There is also ample room to house a school (about 6) of one of the many kinds of dwarf rasboras (also known as microrasboras) or tiny tetras (anyting under 1.5 inches). Alternatively, you could divide and house two bettas (perfect gift for two kids, less maintenance for the parents). A honey or sparkling gourami makes a good 'centerpiece fish' to go with the dwarf rasboras. You could also have about 5 guppies in a tank like this, very easily with some cherry shrimp on cleaning duty. A few platies* would work as well.

*Livebearers of any sort breed like rabbits, so don't mix males and females! Even if you plan on selling them to a pet store, you still need lots of room to grow out as many as 50 babies per batch.

Hope that helps! As a committed nano-tanker, I can assure you that there are many more options for small tanks. I have only stated the most readily available and easiest to care for. As far as what to avoid, here are a few pointers:
-Absolutely no goldfish, plecos, bala sharks in any of these tanks. All of these guys will reach a foot in length easily.
-Always know the adult size of a fish before you recommend it.
-No bettas in tanks under 2g! They are warm water fish, in fact they prefer warmer water than most community fish! I recommend you read over the betta care sheet ( )-- these guys are huge sellers
-And last but not least, the bigger the tank, the less you have to clean it!

Cut and pasted from Stocking Fluval Edge :


agree. No neons. Here are some potential tenants:

One of these
-5 male Endlers livebearer
-6 Microrasboras*
-6 Emerald eye / green neon tetras
-3-5 Male Guppies
-3 Bumblebee gobies**
-1 Dwarf puffer**
-3 African Dwarf Frogs (possibly?)

And / or one of these (except with ** fish)
-4-6 Dwarf shrimp eg. Cherry Shrimp, CRS, CBS, Pearl Blue Shrimp, Emerald Green Shrimp, Amano Shrimp
-3 Ghost Shrimp
-2 Zebra / Nerite Snails
-1 Ramshorn Snail

* This genera includes a zillion little rasboras that are all under about 1.5". Very cool fish and perfect for small setups. Just a few from this family are: Celestial Pearl Danios / Galaxy Rasboras, Boraras briggitae, B. merah, exclaimation point danios... the list goes on! DOn't forget: keep no less than 6 of the same species.
** For more experienced fish keepers. They are rather messy and will not accept dry food.

Hope that helped! Obviously you will have to fiddle around with the actual numbers if you want to get reasonable bioload but all species should be happy in an Edge.
Sorry for the C&Ps! There are only so many times I can rattle off the countless possibilities for nano-tanks!!!

xrayjeeper83 02-04-2010 07:39 PM

I have 4 tetra's in mine, though they are about to go to a 10 gallon

philipboucharddavies 02-04-2010 08:37 PM

Here is a good setup thats easy to maintain, all you have to do is a 50% pwc every week, anyways get 1 dwarf puffer, 2 otos, red cherry shrimp and 2 amano shrimp. you need to feed live food for the DP and algea pellets for the shrimp and otos. But watch out the DP MAY eat the shrimp and if he does add another oto

Angel079 02-04-2010 09:03 PM


Originally Posted by philipboucharddavies (Post 319399)
Here is a good setup thats easy to maintain, all you have to do is a 50% pwc every week, anyways get 1 dwarf puffer, 2 otos, red cherry shrimp and 2 amano shrimp. you need to feed live food for the DP and algea pellets for the shrimp and otos. But watch out the DP MAY eat the shrimp and if he does add another oto

Alright just treat me like a newbie for 2 sec.....And help me understand HOW adding a Oto to a set up prevents the DP from eating the Shrimp (which is really only natural for them to do so)????

kelly528 02-04-2010 09:17 PM

I don't think he meant it like that :lol:

But I would like to interject that if if you expect an oto to eat algae wafers, GOOD LUCK MAN. The first ingredient of algae wafers is fish meal. Otos are strictly vegetarian. 90% of people can't even get their otos to eat veggies. So unless you have some mad algae do not count on them to eat algae wafers.

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