2.5 gallon start-up 2 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by isacr, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. isacrValued MemberMember

    Hi I have a 2.5 gallon that is empty what kinds of fish can I put in there? (If any)

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  3. GeoffreyWell Known MemberMember

    I don't have any personal experience with them, but I thought ADF need a 10 gallon minimum.

    You can turn it into a planted shrimp tank.

  4. TanksbyTimValued MemberMember

    A 2.5 gallon would work for a betta, shrimp, snails, and possibly an African Dwarf Frog (but I'm not completely sure about that last one). Be sure to heavily plant the tank as well! Good luck with your new tank! :)
  5. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    Dwarf crayfish are awesome. They only get to be an inch or so full grown and they are so cute :) If you can find those anywhere, that would be fun.
  6. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    ADFs generally do better in 5g I think. Extra room to kick their flippers.

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  7. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    I personally think an ADF would be totally comfortable in a 5 gallon...I don't think they need 10. However, 2.5 gallons would probably be too small.
  8. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    I'm not sure either, Lucy?
  9. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    A 2.5 would work but be a bit cramped, it's harder to maintain parameters and a steady temperature.
    It also depends on the dimensions of the tank.
    It should be longer than taller.

    Really though try to shoot for a 5g for an ADF.
  10. isacrValued MemberMember

  11. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    Don't ADFs also require groups of at least 3? I've read they're very social.
  12. SaturnValued MemberMember

    You could do a shrimp only tank! I've always wanted to.

    There are many easy Neocardina and Cardina species that are easy to care for and breed like mad if you have enough of them. A couple to look into are Red Cherry Shrimp and Crystal Red Shrimp. There are also other variations like Yellow and Orange Shrimp. Another shrimp to look into is the Ghost Shrimp (though they are a bit harder to breed than the others).

    A betta, a betta and shrimp, a betta and snails, or all three are a possibility. Some people say steer clear of keeping bettas with shrimp isn't a possiblilty, but it is! I've had some bettas they never even looked at the shrimp in the tank. All bettas have different personalities.

    One thing you could try to test out if the betta is shrimp friendly is to use Ghost Shrimp since they are only around $.88 at the store. If your betta eats/picks on them, not much money is wasted! If he doesn't, then you should be in the clear to add other types of shrimp. Another thing you could to do to steer the betta away from the shrimp is to have a lot of decorations/plants/fake plants in the tank. Most bettas have been stuck in a small enclosure their whole life, so if they were introduced to a tank with lots of places to explore they should be pretty distracted (it also gives places for the shrimp to hide). And one thing I recommend if you do try the betta/shrimp combo is to have the shrimp in the tank first!! Introducing the shrimp after the betta could look like you're just dropping food into the tank.

    Hope this helps!
  13. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    You're getting ripped off. Even at Petco, ghost shrimps are 49 cents each.

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  14. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Thy are social but they also do well on their own.
  15. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    That's what I would do with a tank that size. Have considered doing it myself, actually.
  16. isacrValued MemberMember

    I know I need a heater. Does anyone have any recommended one for a small tank
  17. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember


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