I've had this set up for a long time. About two years. None of the fish are stunted I was just wondering. I keep the water perect so they are happy0morrokh said:5.5 gallons is not really big enough for your fish. the minimum for them is 10 gallons. I would get a bigger tank, and then you can add more fish.
I have a 10 gallon I would be moving them too. I'ts my understanding Albino's get bigger though and I was worried about stunting. If you seam to think it's fine though I'll keep it in mindCherI Ann said:I also have a 5 gal. tank with whisper filter, heater, and air stone. I have an adult female Beta, and three assorted corys. Something for the top, something for the bottom. I do frequent water changes, every 4 or 5 days so that the water stays clean and all the readings are fine. So, where would you move the panda's to? I don't see a problem with replacing 2 panda's with 2 small albino cory's. But that's just me.
Well some fish yes. I've noticed when I tried to keep something like ram cichlids, sharks, barbs they were aggressive and paces a lot but when I got small cory's, danio's, guppies, dwarf gourami, you know fish like that they never seamed to mind. See I understand what you guys are saying about a bigger than but I'm in a college dorm so I'm limited. Cory's and dwarf gouramis are two of my favorite fish so that's what I have.0morrokh said:Well, it sounds like they are getting good care. It is possible to keep fish in a 5 gallon with extra care to the water, I just would never recommend it since they really do like more room to swim around.
Okay and how long have you had your tank and how big are the corys?CherI Ann said:I'm not sure about the albino's, I have 1 bronze, and 2 spotted corys in with my Beta.
Well said! I agree completely. The fish may be alive and healthy in a 5 gallon, but that doesn't mean they're as happy. In my opinion that is the most important thing.Butterfly said:I have no doubt that you keep your tank sparkling clean and your fish healthy but there is more to fish keeping than keeping them alive. They need room to display their natural habits and your tank is not big enough to do that for any of your fish. Just my 2 cents worth.
No winder cichlids, sharks, and barbs were aggressive if you were keeping them in small tanks! Sharks get huge, barbs are really active, and cichlids need room to stake out some territory. They all need MUCH bigger tanks than 5 gallons. With the other fish, they are more small and peaceful, and while they may not have seemed to mind they probably did, especially the Guppies and Danios.GoBlue! said:Well some fish yes. I've noticed when I tried to keep something like ram cichlids, sharks, barbs they were aggressive and paces a lot but when I got small cory's, danio's, guppies, dwarf gourami, you know fish like that they never seamed to mind. See I understand what you guys are saying about a bigger than but I'm in a college dorm so I'm limited. Cory's and dwarf gouramis are two of my favorite fish so that's what I have.
Yep leaving it as it they should be set. I have a 10 gallon at home with a paradise fish, 6 white clouds and 2 albino corys my dad takes care of.0morrokh said:Oh, I see, that was when you were younger. I will admit I did my share of putting fish in way too small tanks when I was a kid.
That's too bad you don't have more room. At least the fish are doing well.
I'm not so sure I believe anything I read about the size of fish anymore....I recently visited Mystic Aquarium in CT. In there exhibits they had several tropical fish tanks. In one tank they had a variety of Corys and Cichlids.....Pandas and Adolfois were in this exhibit which was about 75 gallons......All of the pandas and adolfois with the exception of about 3 were AT LEAST 3 1/2" long! The BIGGEST pandas I've ever seen!Yes the albinos get much bigger than the pandas will ever get.