How Many Fish for 5 Gallon Tank? Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by angeliccreature, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. angeliccreatureValued MemberMember

    How many of these: harlin rasboras, regular neons, white clouds and or bumblebee gobies/puffers in a 5 gallon tank

  2. nhaiflichValued MemberMember

    IMO I would only do a betta. Even then they are happier in a 10. I think I've also read 5 gal could be used for shrimp or frogs.

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    Last edited: Aug 1, 2014
  3. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I agree, there's really nothing you can put in a 5 gallon tank besides a betta and some shrimp .

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  4. Bob EllisValued MemberMember

    Other folks will tell you five neon tetras or three male guppies or three male endler's might be possible.

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    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014
  5. TJBenderWell Known MemberMember

    A betta, two guppies, three Endlers, a few micro-fish (ember tetras, chili rasboras, CPDs). All male on the livebearers.

    Neons, harlequins, gobies and white clouds need a tank larger than five gallons, but there are options other than "betta or shrimp" for 5g tanks.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2014
  6. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    I wouldn't even do male guppies in a 5 gallon long term. It's fine for QT but they need more swimming space, as they are major spazzes.

    Harlequin rasboras won't do well in this size tank, but a small school of chili rasboras would do well, as would dwarf rasboras (boraras maculatus) if you can find them.

    You could easily house a small group of sparkling gouramis in there, or a betta, or shrimp (but don't put any of these in the tank together, as you will end up missing a bunch of your pets if you try). If you're willing to do the work, a pair of Scarlet Badis with a separate tank for raising live food would do well. You could also house a pair of F. Gardneri killifish, or a similarly sized species.

    Unfortunately none of the fish on your list are suitable to this size tank.
  7. AnonValued MemberMember

    I think it would be just plain cruel to put any fish in a 5 gallon tank permanently. If you already have the tank, just save it for QT. Or use it to make a cool aquascape with some live plants and some shrimp.
  8. Bob EllisValued MemberMember

    I don't see how we can quantifiably say 5 gallons, 16" of tank, is cruel and 10 gallons, 20" of tank, is not. Very small fish can thrive in either if cared for just as easily as they could suffer in 55 gallons if not cared for.

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  9. Guppy123New MemberMember

    Guppies might do just fine in a five gallon. I don't know about the other fish, but small fish such as live bearers should do fine. The only thing to look out for is to not overstock the tank because it is a small tank.
  10. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I wouldn't put guppies in a 5 gallon, they may be small but they're active fish & need more space.
    It would make a nice Betta or shrimp home.
  11. Fishguy11Valued MemberMember

    I've bred guppies in the tank before so you could a couple guppies but with very good care
  12. TJBenderWell Known MemberMember

    I wouldn't put female guppies in a 5g at all. The first litter that came out would critically overstock you. Breeding guppies, imo, is a job for a 20g species tank.
  13. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    For another option, you could possibly get away with two African dwarf frogs if the current is gentle enough and there are lots of plants.
  14. PhishphinWell Known MemberMember

    Betta or Shrimp... that is all.

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