3.5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Foster, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. FosterNew MemberMember

    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?
  2. RedLoredAmazonWell Known MemberMember

  3. QuicheValued MemberMember

    There really isn't much you can do besides a betta. If you're into aquascaping, you could do a heavily planted shrimp tank, that might come out nice.

  4. FosterNew MemberMember

    He's interested in the shrimp, how many could we put in, and I don't really know how aquascaping would work out

  5. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    Maybe a couple Endlers? I wouldn't recommend it, though... I'm trying to think pretty hard actually.
  6. FosterNew MemberMember

    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
  7. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    least killifish

    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!
  8. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  9. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, definitely not
  10. chickenghostValued MemberMember

    You should do a shrimp tank
  11. QuicheValued MemberMember

    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.
  12. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    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.
  13. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Yep, just want to say, guppies won't work :)
  14. FosterNew MemberMember

    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
  15. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    I wouldn't condone it to anyone else, but I've kept guppies successfully in smaller tanks than that.
  16. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
  17. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    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)
  18. FosterNew MemberMember

    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?
  19. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    You gotta get creative with stocking when you're a kid and your parents only let you have 2.5, 5, 8 gallon tanks
  20. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Java moss is a great plant and the most commonly kept with shrimps

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