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danifacetastic 11-10-2010 07:12 PM

Just A Noob Asking A Question About Aquarium Setup
Hi :)

Currently I have two bettas in their own one gallon tank a piece. I've had them for a few months now and they seem very happy.

For Christmas I would like to get a 5 gallon tank to put some other types of tropical fish in. I'm not interested in any big fish tanks at all...I don't have the room.

The types of fish I'm considering are:
  • Marigold Variatus
  • Red Wag Platy
  • Tequila Sunrise Delta Guppy
  • Dalmation Mollie
  • Sunburst Platy
  • Ghost Shrimp

My question is is how many fish of this size can I have in a 5 gallon aquarium?

Byron 11-10-2010 07:23 PM

First off, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Now, to be honest, none of those fish are suitable for a 5g tank; they are all livebearers. If you could manage a 10g, a trio of any one of them, males only, would work, with perhaps a substrate fish like a trio of Corydoras or the shrimp. Assuming you are set on livebearers. I mention males only because with a female included, even if only females, you will have hundreds of fry to deal with; female livebearers can produce many batches of fry once impregnated by a male, and this is very likely to have happened in the store tank. So many fry will quickly pollute a small tank.

Another option for either the 5g (if that is all you can manage) or a 10g are much smaller fish. You can have more fish and it will be more interesting. Depending upon your water parameters, there are soft acidic water fish and some basic harder water fish in this category of small. If you can tell us your water paramweters, meaning hardness and pH of your tap water, we can suggest some suitable fish.

But I really would not recommend livebearers in a 5g. And live plants would be a benefit especially in a small tank.


danifacetastic 11-10-2010 08:27 PM

I'm not sure what the PH of my water is. Can you reccomend some smaller fish?

catdawg426 11-10-2010 09:10 PM

'Fish' suggestions
I would get a dwarf frog to keep with your betta, maybe a small shrimp.

Byron 11-11-2010 11:03 AM

You should know your water parameters as some fish can be very sensitive, especially some of the lovely smaller species that would suit a 5g tank. A pH test kit like the one made by API is a good investment. Or some fish stores will do water tests. But as it is the hardness and pH of your tap water that we need to know, your water supply people will have this information; some have websites.


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