5.5 gallon tank stocking

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by Nano Tanks, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    Hello fishlore people! I am planning a small 5.5 gallon tank and am wondering what i fish I should stock it with including a clean up crew. I was originally thinking of CPD but this is a low maintenance so I want some very easy fish. I was thinking of rasboras or danios but I'm not sure, just some small colorful easy fish!
     




  2. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    Danios need a lotmore space than 5.5gallons. I recommend a betta but if you really stay on top of water changes a school of six microrasbora might work. Look at microrasbora kubotai, strawberry rasboras or chili rasboras?
     




  3. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    What about a pair of scarlet badis? Or a pair of Aphyosemion killis?
     




  4. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    I like the chili rasboras and scarlet badis. Can you have other fish with the scarlet badis? Also ideas on a clean up crew?
     
  5. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    Also are scarlet badis picky eaters?
     
  6. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    Clean up crew: Nerite snails and possibly shrimp. Can't give you much more info on the badis except they are tiny and cute and would fit in the tank, probably should be the only fish species in there though due to the size of the tank.
     
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    You can. What do you want a clean up crew for? You're the best clean up crew.

    They can be picky eaters, yes.
     
  8. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    What fish do you recommend to keep with the Scarlets? Also I was thinking some CRS to clean up, are those compatible?
     
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Again, what are you trying to clean up? Algae, uneaten food?

    I wouldn't keep CRS with badis - they're tricky to care for too. You can try RCS, but they might be eaten.
     
  10. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    I want a clean up crew to eat algae and uneaten food, but I guess I don't need them. So are there any good tank mates for the scarlets, also do you have any? I don't want to have to feed live food everyday.
     
  11. superbutterfly12Well Known MemberMember

    The chili rasboras should be ok withthe scarlet badis
     
  12. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    If you have uneaten food, then you're feeding too much. Algae can also be controlled by you, but if you like nerite snails, you can add them? They'll eat algae.

    Instead of the scarlet badis, what about Asian stone catfish? You could keep a group of them and keep them with the chili rasbora. They're less picky.
     
  13. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Would a stone catfish work with a betta and rabbit snail? Not to hack this thread, just wondering if this is another option. Here's an interesting article, some of the information is wrong, but good for ideas-
     
    Like a danio shouldn't be in a 10g or a puffer in a 3G.
     
  14. GenaWell Known MemberMember

    IMHO, bettas shouldn't be with any other fish. Also, I believe those catfish prefer cold temps.
     
  15. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    I was just curious, in a 5g it would probably be a little to cramp, but yeah they do require colder temps. So it wouldn't work... I just never heard of them before and never knew there was such a small catfish(granted I don't know that many catfish). Thanks.:)
    Forgot to mention OP, rabbit snails are really interesting(I have two), I'd recommend one if you get a snail.:)
     
  16. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    They would be fine in a 5.5 gal, but yes, not temp compatible with bettas.
     
  17. GenaWell Known MemberMember

    No problem! :) I think snails and bettas are lovely roommates!
     
  18. Nano TanksValued MemberMember

    I'm might do a 8.5 instead of 5.5 to give the fish more room, could I do ottos and chili rasboras?
     
  19. PlatyloverFishlore VIPMember

    Why not do a 10? Id say no to the ottos since they need a group.
     
  20. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Agree, I think chili rasbora should be fine in the 8.5 (what are the dimensions?), but no to otos. Even a 10 gal is too small for them.

    You could add nerites if you want algae eaters?
     
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