3.5 Gallon Tank

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So we have a 3.5 gal that I just got done with and my dad has decided that he wants it. He's dead set on that size and also isn't too excited about a betta. Is there anything we can put in there that will have a good life and be interesting?
 
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He's interested in the shrimp, how many could we put in, and I don't really know how aquascaping would work out
 

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Maybe a couple Endlers? I wouldn't recommend it, though... I'm trying to think pretty hard actually.
 
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I know, I tried to get him to at least bump up to a 5 but it's at his shop so he's worried about the space
 

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Shrimp tanks are fascinating though! Also there are many types of bettas of different colors , I suggest you show him the kinds out there. Look at Aquabid and you will see many magnificent bettas!
 

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If he does a lot of water changes and keeps track of it pretty well, maybe 3-4 male guppies? Most will disagree with me, but I've only ever kept nano tanks before I got my 20, I've had to get creative before.
 

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In that tank, you may be able to fit around 20 shrimps to be on the safe side? Fishlore suggests 5-10 shrimps per gallon on the RCS page.
 

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I'm not a conventional stocker, haha. I'd give most of the people on here nightmares if they heard some of my ideas. My current set up is probably the closest I've ever been to a "good" stock by their standards. Understocked, actually. Still waiting for my Bolivian Ram to come to the LFS.
 

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If he does a lot of water changes and keeps track of it pretty well, maybe 3-4 male guppies? Most will disagree with me, but I've only ever kept nano tanks before I got my 20, I've had to get creative before.
I'm not a conventional stocker, haha. I'd give most of the people on here nightmares if they heard some of my ideas. My current set up is probably the closest I've ever been to a "good" stock by their standards. Understocked, actually. Still waiting for my Bolivian Ram to come to the LFS.
Yep, just want to say, guppies won't work
 
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Okay, so we're gonna do 10 shrimp or however many we can get around that. The tank set up is my job so if anyone could point me to a care sheet or something that would be awesome
 

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Okay, so we're gonna do 10 shrimp or however many we can get around that. The tank set up is my job so if anyone could point me to a care sheet or something that would be awesome
Great choice ! Do you know what type? It is also best to have live plants, primarily moss with shrimps! The moss provides areas for small micro-organism, algae, and left over food for the shrimp to graze on.
 

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I'm not a conventional stocker, haha. I'd give most of the people on here nightmares if they heard some of my ideas. My current set up is probably the closest I've ever been to a "good" stock by their standards. Understocked, actually. Still waiting for my Bolivian Ram to come to the LFS.
I hear you Matt. lol (I'd definitely be doing endlers if I wasn't doing a betta. It would be kinda hard to see three of them in there. Mine crack me up)
 
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Not yet, I've gotta check out the local aquarium shop to see what they've got. What types of live plants exactly? I have a marimo ball but that's all I've really been able to find for algae, are there other alternatives?
 

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I hear you Matt. lol (I'd definitely be doing endlers if I wasn't doing a betta. It would be kinda hard to see three of them in there. Mine crack me up)
You gotta get creative with stocking when you're a kid and your parents only let you have 2.5, 5, 8 gallon tanks
 
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