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GoneFishin 07-19-2010 09:05 PM

Easy low maintenance ideas
 
I was thinking about getting my daughters a fish tank (they love watching them swim) I was thinking of something small for them like a 5 or 5.5 gal. My question is, what would be best looking but also easy to care for with these tank sizes? They were looking at the bettas today and obviously love the look of them (who could resist). What other fish could I put in the tank with the betta? I know I'll be pushing max capacity with a betta and like tetras but I don't want the tank to look to thinned out. Throw out what you would do to give me some ideas, don't hold back!

Thanks

james7139 07-19-2010 10:43 PM

sadly NEON tetras will fin nip,you could possibly do a few bottom feeders,like 2 corys or something along those lines.

GoneFishin 07-19-2010 10:47 PM

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Originally Posted by james7139 (Post 426943)
sadly NEON tetras will fin nip,you could possibly do a few bottom feeders,like 2 corys or something along those lines.

Bummer, neons look pretty cool in the light.. what about bleeding hearts? i had those once and they only nipped my angels fins.. not sure why.. hmm

iamntbatman 07-20-2010 05:41 AM

Bleeding heart tetras get too large for a 5g tank. Having a betta in the tank really limits your options. You might be able to get away with a trio of corydoras, but it'd be better to have a group of 5-6 of them in a 10g with the betta. If you skip out on the betta, you could have a nice group of small tetras like neons or flame tetras. Microrasboras would also be really nice. You could also consider doing a shrimp tank.

LisaC144 07-20-2010 09:11 AM

Bettas are quite active and a nice size. I have one in a 5g and it doesn't look washed out at all. I have lots of live plants in with him which fills in the tank nicely. You can try 8-10 ghost shrimp on the bottom or even just a snail. Bleeding Hearts get way too large and are shoaling fish so they need to be in groups of 5+ (the more the better). My Bleeding Hearts nipped my Angels fins too, so back to the store they went. If they nipped your Angels fins, just imagine what they would do to the fins of a Betta :-(

njudson 07-20-2010 09:57 AM

If you are going to do a small tank that is relatively well stocked I would definitely recommend adding some plants. I've got a planted 10g which requires next to no maintenance.

GoneFishin 07-20-2010 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by njudson (Post 427113)
If you are going to do a small tank that is relatively well stocked I would definitely recommend adding some plants. I've got a planted 10g which requires next to no maintenance.

I might go this route, thanks for all the ideas! Now I have some shopping to do, will post pics when I get everything setup and running


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