Any Animals (not Fish) For A 5 Gallon Tank? Preferably Animals You Can Handle 5 Gallon Tank

  1. DanielleFish

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    Hi! I have a 5 gallon long tank that I'm interested in putting...something...other than another betta in.
    Don't get me wrong; I love bettas. But after having bettas off and on since age 5, I'd rather try something new, preferably something that's not a fish. (Please no questions why I don't want a fish -- I'm just ready for something a little different if possible.)

    I've heard that pacman frogs can go in a 5 gallon, while I've heard from others that at least a 10 gallon is needed.
    What about a few ADFs? (african dwarf frogs?)
    Hermit crabs?
    African clawed frogs?
    Anything else?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    A 5 gallon will be too small for hermit crabs.
    Maybe 1-2 ADF or a few hissing cockroaches?

  3. B

    Bruxes and Bubbles Well Known Member Member

    Hissing cockroaches or other exotic cockroach species

    A good few tarantula species




    Two ADFs would be okay if you wanted aquatics.
  4. OP

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    Forgot to mention: no bugs. Mom hates bugs.
  5. Arades

    Arades Member Member

    You wont be able to handle ADF or ACF as theyre fully aquatic, CPO would be ok but they should only be held for a short amount of time as long as they stay moist ;)
  6. KakeHugs

    KakeHugs Well Known Member Member

    Im not 100% sure on tank size but Ive seen them be kept in 5 gallons and under. My friend kept hers in a 10gallon with 2 so???
    If you look up fire belly newt tanks it seems to show up many different sizes.
  7. avaladon

    avaladon Member Member

    Ive seen people keep one small crayfish in a 5 gallon, I dont know too much about it though, and i dont think you can really handle them, but it might be interesting
  8. Arades

    Arades Member Member

    The only crayfish that can go in a 5g is CPO. They shouldnt be handled to much, once a day max and only for 5-10 min maxinum.
  9. Mike1995

    Mike1995 Well Known Member Member

    maybe a scorpion? I've seen a lot of those lately at pet stores.
  10. avaladon

    avaladon Member Member

    oh! i saw your comment and i didnt realize that thats what CPO stands for! My bad for the repetition!
  11. Arades

    Arades Member Member

    Its alright, aslong as they moist though theyll be fine :)
  12. JLeeM

    JLeeM Well Known Member Member

    Not sure if 5 gallons would be big enough so do your research, but what about a dwarf hamster? Maybe if you put stuff in there to make it bi level, it would increase it's exploring space.
  13. OP

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    They're so cute! But unfortunately my mom has horrible allergies so anything furry is out of the question. :(
  14. OP

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    OK, so here are the main requirements: non-fish, preferably something that can be handled, non-furry, not an insect or arachnid. :)
  15. RedLoredAmazon

    RedLoredAmazon Well Known Member Member

    Terrarium of plants would be an option. So non-fish, non-furry, and not an insect or arachnid. :)
  16. OP

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    An animal. :p
  17. FishL:))

    FishL:)) Well Known Member Member

    What about an African Dwarf frog? I think they can go in a five gallon? I'm not too sure but I think some people here own ADF.
  18. Aqua Hands

    Aqua Hands Well Known Member Member

    Salamanders are very fun to keep lol
  19. OP

    DanielleFish Well Known Member Member

    Cool. Don't know anything about them! Can you handle them, tank size (has to be 5g due to space and Mom being stubborn lol), care, etc.
    Thanks!! :) :)
  20. Aqua Hands

    Aqua Hands Well Known Member Member

    yep, I kept mine in a jar as a kid just make sure they that they have a humidifier so he doesn't dry up. That or water he can swim in
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