5 Gallon Tank Stocking

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I would start with the betta and if he seems somewhat "chill" then you may be able to try the ADF. I would pass on the corys they should be in a bigger tank and a bigger school. Just be sure to have a backup plan if the betta goes for the ADF.
 

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If you have a petco near you, it may be better to get a 10 gallon since they are on sale, something to think about
 

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Albino Cory's get too big for a 5 gallon.
I've read mixed results with Bettas and Frogs but it seems to come down to the Bettas personality.
The tanks a bit small for other fish but Shrimp are a good go to but again depends on the betta.
 
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If I got a 10 gallon instead would that be better for the corys and enable me to get more of them? Also it's a friend's betta and he says it's pretty timid.
 

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Go for a 20 long that way you have a nice footprint for a good school of corys a Betta with a shallow tank and then you can even add a school of ember tetras or chilI rasboras
 

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I wouldn’t recommend getting either of those species with a betta; frogs are easily picked on (think toes getting bitten off) and outcompeted for food, and all types of corydoras are too active and large for a 5 gallon in my opinion. How about a tiny schooling species like celestial pearl danios?
 

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Calwhovian said:
I'm planning to get a 5 gallon, and currently what I think I'm getting in it is:

- 1 Betta
- 3 Albino Cory Catfish
- 1 African Dwarf Frog

Is that overstocked or can I get a few more things? Thanks.
Only the Betta! Make sure that you have a heater and at least a sponge filter for it.
 

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Calwhovian said:
I'm planning to get a 5 gallon, and currently what I think I'm getting in it is:

- 1 Betta
- 3 Albino Cory Catfish
- 1 African Dwarf Frog

Is that overstocked or can I get a few more things? Thanks.
You could keep the betta and some snails perhaps
 
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So can someone give me a brief summary of what I could fit in a 5 or 10 gallon tank with a betta layful:
 

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Calwhovian said:
So can someone give me a brief summary of what I could fit in a 5 or 10 gallon tank with a betta layful:
I'm gonna contradict everything I said in my previous post on this thread. I confess I have a betta an otto cat and 5 ember tetras( I know i'm a rebel) in a 5.5 very well established and very well planted tank that has been running for 6 or more months. With that being said if I were you I would start with the betta and get the water parameters in check and do religious WC's(40-50% weekly at least) then when you see how the betta acts only you can be the judge of what else can be added.
 
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Maybe I could just get a betta and a school of tetras. Any ideas on what kind of tetras look nice? I'm planning on getting a red or blue dumbo ear betta.
 

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I currently have a pair of bettas with some rice fish. Do bear in mind that the bettas I have are wild and are NOT splendens.
 

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If you are sticking with a 5g, I still wouldn't do any other fishes. Why don't you cycle your 5 gallon and add the Betta and see how it goes for 3 to 4 weeks and then decide whether to add more nano fish if you think the tank is too empty.

Bettas are active little fishes if given the right amount of space.
 
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Checked out the fish store and they sell a 10 gallon for about the same price as a 5 . Buying the 10 instead.

Also one more question:What kind of live plants could I get for the betta? I was thinking of getting one with large leaves like Anubius Nana
 

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If you do get an ADF (though I wouldn't recommend it with a betta) then get 2 as they are social.

Bettas like plants like anubias with leaves that they can rest on. They also enjoy floating plants such as salvinia, frogbit, duckweed and water lettuce.
 

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Calwhovian said:
Also one more question:What kind of live plants could I get for the betta? I was thinking of getting one with large leaves like Anubius Nana
I just added some frogbit in my daughters 5.5 gallon Betta tank.
He started loving it as soon as I put it in.
 

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