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tetralover77

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I bought a used 5 gal tank , I tested it for leaks and sterilized it using boiling water. It will be planted and I need help figuring out which fish to stock it with. :-\
 

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I've been looking for small fish for my 5g too! The options are pretty limited. I'm personally going to use mine as a shrimp tank but I'd like to add a fish. I've looked at a sparkling gourami, dwarf livebearers, chili rasboras, dwarf emerald green rasboras, CPDs and Dario Dario. Some people here also suggested a small school of five or so neon tetras. And of course there's always bettas.

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2 dwarf gouramis would look beautiful under a nice light. I only have one and wish I had more cause he seems to be the only fish that never gets sick! They look so awesome!

The Danios are nice a flowy too.

Or one gorgeous betta would be nice too!
 

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Dwarf Gouramis aren't suited for a 5g tank.
Be careful with Sparkling Gouramis. If two pair off they can become aggressive. I dont think I'd put them in anything less than a 10g.
They prefer tank with lots of plants and driftwood to hide in.
 

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Dwarf Gouoramis are very active. They need at least 20gal & I'd rather see them in bigger than that. I have one in my 63gal & it uses all of the available room to charge around like a mainac. I also agree that Sparkling Gouramis should really get at least 10gal.

Maybe a Dwarf Puffer or even certain Shell Dwellers would be ok. For my money I would go with some shrimp & a Betta. The Betta might cause all the shrimp to hide though.
 

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thanks for the input, i originally thought about chili rasboras (boraras briggitae), phoenix rasboras (boraras maculatus) and gbrs (mikrogeophagus ramirezi) <")))><
 

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I would say 5gal is too small for any of those. At least a 10gal tank for the Rasboras & minimum 20gal for the Rams. A 5gal is really only suitable for a single male Betta or certain Shell Dwellers.
 

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thanks the dwarf puffer looks like a good idea, did i mention that i have a seeded filter for up to 20 gal ready.
 

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actually i've not allocated funds yet, so i have much time to ponder fish and aquascaping options.
 

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I saw some 'pea puffers' at a lfs a couple months ago... thought they were truely bizarre. But now.... he he, mts is going insane, and I have enough snails now to keep one happy so even they are starting to look intriguing! ;D

I think I recall reading that a 5 was an okay space for one, but as always that depends on which site you look at.
 

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Okay first step towards starting tank today, y i got the substrate, and a filter for the tank i seeded the 20 gal filter in, oh yeah and some driftwood for the hardscape!
 

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okay so my dad was cutting down some dead cherry trees, and the roots are amazingly twisted shapes, are dried, boiled cherry roots without bark safe for an aquariumx
 

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hi, i don't know about the wood, but i have a (what turned out to be male) betta in a 5g hex and he is very happy. i also have a 10g divided with a ct male and vt male. i really like bettas because they have a lot of personality and are very connected to their owners. their little wiggle dancing is so cute!

i think sometimes people think one fish in a tank isn't very exciting....but bettas are anything but boring.
 

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I agree, i have an established 5-gal for a betta that i rescued from a local supermarket, they only just got him in so he was still healthy, but they were keeping him in one inch of
water, so i immediately picked him up an brought him home. his current home is a one gallon bowl that receives water changes of 75% every other day, but not for long!
 

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Good morning.

This thread has been moved to the Aquarium Stocking Questions section of the forum.

Thanks!
Ken
 

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5 gallons is enough room for a dwarf puffer and they are so cute! But I've heard that they can be difficult to feed.
 
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