i just have one question:
if you had a 5 gallon tank, what small bottom feeder could you put in it??
It would help to know what other fish are in the tank. Both from the perspective of compatibility and water quality.
One of the dwarf species of Corydoras would work. There are three, all included in our fish profiles with photos so you can find out about them. They need to be in a group of 6 which would work in a 5g given their 1-inch max size. These fish actually suit small tanks because they don't get "lost" as they do in larger tanks.
Shrimp is another possibility; I don't think guppies will eat them, but if someone who knows says different, no argument from me.
One of the small plecos is another option; there are some (few) species that max out around 3 inches, and one fish is fine. They are not active swimmers but are out and about grazing algae off plants, wood and rocks.
Guppies and shrimp are really a gamble together. Some guppies, in my experience, are totally docile while others will really harass inverts. If you want to experiment, you might try inexpensive ghost shrimp (they're sold as feeders) and see how the guppies react. Ghost shrimp are pretty cool critters anyway so you can certainly keep them, but if they're successful you can try some more expensive shrimp like Amano or cherry shrimp.
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