5.5 gal. Empty... what to do..?

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Is there any kind of cool pet I could own in a 5.5 gallon tank besides fish? It can hold water and I am ready to start setting up!

 

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Yes, axolotls need at least a 20 gallon long. Also, might be a good time to get at least two of the ADFs out of the betta tank, as ADFs do best in species-only tanks. As for other semi-aquatic pets, I've heard of some types of crabs that need to have a land area, but I don't know what size tank they need.
 
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They've been in with my betta for a while now. They all seem to enjoy their home. I built it to fit both of their needs. Plenty of hiding spaces and an area of land that is closer to the surface for the frogs. Wood for my betta to swim through and my frogs to lay on. Java moss everywhere for burrowing and my bettas nighty time. My betta loves watching his frogs swim around acting like weirdos.

I was thinking of putting some shrimp in with them to help algae control. I also have bn pleco in there.

 

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I think you could do a red clawed crab, but I'm not sure, don't hold me to that.

They need a half land half saltwater setup from what I know, and a heater + filter.
 
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Ehhh.. Crabs freak me out haha. I'm allergic to spiders so I want to stay away from scorpions and tarantulas. Can't have a snake of any kind. I kind of want a lizard. Are there any that stay fairly small.?

 

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Anoles aren't all that big although a 5 gallon is probably not big enough.
 

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fallonrhea said:
They've been in with my betta for a while now. They all seem to enjoy their home. I built it to fit both of their needs. Plenty of hiding spaces and an area of land that is closer to the surface for the frogs. Wood for my betta to swim through and my frogs to lay on. Java moss everywhere for burrowing and my bettas nighty time. My betta loves watching his frogs swim around acting like weirdos.

I was thinking of putting some shrimp in with them to help algae control. I also have bn pleco in there.
ADF's don't need land area. They are fully aquatic frogs. By providing a land area space in the tank you are providing less water.. The only way this would be okay is if its a tall tank, as ADF's don't like tall tanks. 10-12 inches of water is okay for them.
 
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ADF's don't need land area. They are fully aquatic frogs. By providing a land area space in the tank you are providing less water.. The only way this would be okay is if its a tall tank, as ADF's don't like tall tanks. 10-12 inches of water is okay for them.
"An area of land that is closer to the surface." Meaning I raised the land underwater so they have a shallower area. There is a shallow end and a deep end. I did my research before buying them.

 

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fallonrhea said:
"An area of land that is closer to the surface." Meaning I raised the land underwater so they have a shallower area. There is a shallow end and a deep end. I did my research before buying them.
Sorry, I interpreted "area of land closer to the surface" to mean land (out of water) closer to the top of the tank. Wasnt trying to be rude, disrespectful, or condescending; just helping.
 
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Sorry, I interpreted "area of land closer to the surface" to mean land (out of water) closer to the top of the tank. Wasnt trying to be rude, disrespectful, or condescending; just helping.
It's fine, I just was so confused when I read your comment. I wasn't sure what you were talking about at first.

 

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BornThisWayBettas said:
Yes, axolotls need at least a 20 gallon long. Also, might be a good time to get at least two of the ADFs out of the betta tank, as ADFs do best in species-only tanks. As for other semi-aquatic pets, I've heard of some types of crabs that need to have a land area, but I don't know what size tank they need.
I would actually go as far as to say axolotles need more than 20 gallon and it would be good to get more than one.. but I guess its a matter of opinion..

I had axolotl for many years, but sadly had to give them away to my x gf when we moved away from eachother.. but my opinion is that do better in more space.

As for what the op should get is hard, since he does not want any fish (the obvious choice for that g tank was a betta)

I wonder if there is any tiny frogs that could go there. other than that shrimps..
 

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You could do a hermit crab or a firebellied toad. A salamander would be cool too. Or a snail farm! I had one a few years ago with giant snails and their babies..it's weird but it was fun to watch them slime around the room!


 

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