2.5 Gallons Of Advice

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

  1. frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    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. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Welcome to Fishlore!

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

    fjh Well Known Member Member

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




  4. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    Ive thought about that, what about a dwarf crawfish?
     
  5. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    It's a little small for one.
     
  6. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    I've thought about those.
     
  7. Briggs

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    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. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

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

    Briggs Well Known Member Member

    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. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    Cool thanks Alot.
     
  11. -Mak-

    -Mak- Well Known Member Member

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

    navarro1950 Valued Member Member

    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. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    My water stays around 74 without a heater
     
  14. fjh

    fjh Well Known Member Member

    74F is fine for RCS
     
  15. OP
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    frogman

    frogman New Member Member

    Okay, thank you.
     




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