Help choosing fish

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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 5 gallon 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.

-Lisa
 

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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 5 gallon tank.
Be careful with Sparkling Gouramis. If two pair off they can become aggressive. I don't think I'd put them in anything less than a 10 gallon.
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 20 gallon & 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 10 gallon.

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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anybody there
 

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I would say 5gal is too small for any of those. At least a 10 gallon tank for the Rasboras & minimum 20 gallon 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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That's great, so you can go out and get the fish right away.
 
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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 vote for a betta , they are so pretty.
 

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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 5 gallon hex and he is very happy. i also have a 10 gallon 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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aquariumgirl lauren said:
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.
yes, can't they be fed frozen foods.
also has anybody used the elite stingray filter
 
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