2.5 Gallons Of Advice

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by frogman, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. frogmanNew MemberMember

    I have a cheap lil 2.5 gallon tank meant for a Betta. I originally bought for my betta but I decided to get him his own 10 gallon home. Its too late to take the 2.5 back and I don't want to trash it. Are there any cold-water species that can live happily in such a small tank? The reason I say cold-water is because a heater would tank up Alot of room.
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    What about cherry shrimp? They're fine in the low 70s F.

  3. fjhWell Known MemberMember

    You could do a shrimp tank! I'm not sure how cold your house is, but you could probably do RCS

  4. frogmanNew MemberMember

    Ive thought about that, what about a dwarf crawfish?

  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    It's a little small for one.
  6. frogmanNew MemberMember

    I've thought about those.
  7. BriggsWell Known MemberMember

    I'm pretty sure Dwarf Crawfish need at least 10 gallons? I've never kept them so I could be wrong, but 2.5 sounds much too small.
  8. frogmanNew MemberMember

    Okay, so how many cherry shrimp do you guys think will fit comfortably?
  9. BriggsWell Known MemberMember

    They have a very low bio load, so a lot more than you might think. I'd start with around 10 and let them breed.
  10. frogmanNew MemberMember

    Cool thanks Alot.
  11. -Mak-Fishlore VIPMember

    I'd say 10 per gallon is the carrying capacity, but start with less.
  12. navarro1950Valued MemberMember

    If you start out with six and the water is right they will breed you may end up with 25 or more. But they need a heater. You can buy a heater for for small tanks like that are pre set to about 78 degrees and you need a thermometer.
  13. frogmanNew MemberMember

    My water stays around 74 without a heater
  14. fjhWell Known MemberMember

    74F is fine for RCS
  15. frogmanNew MemberMember

    Okay, thank you.

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