Started A 5.5 Gallon Tank

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  1. Grimfeather

    GrimfeatherNew MemberMember

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    Hello folks,

    I have been out of the fish keeping for a long time and wanted to get back into and started small. I picked up an Aqueon 5.5 gallon to keep at work. I have already gone through the cycle and have 12-14 RCS, 2 Amanos and a Zebra Nerite. I am trying to find a fish(s) that can go in the tank and not be miserable. It is a planted tank with no lid. I am hoping to find an omnivorous candidate that can be ok with just 1-3 of them in there to not over load the bioload. I have scoured internet trying to find an option. The closest I came was the Least Killifish found at an online seller. The issue with it is for 1-3 of them, its $30-50 after shipping to get them. I was hoping I could find something maybe a tad cheaper in case there is an oops and one of them die off. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Dechi

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    My next project is to get a 5-8 gallon tank and make it a nice Betta home. With a nerite snail as a friend, or a few shrimps.

    If you like Bettas, they are beautiful fish.
     
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    Grimfeather

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    I have considered them, but people have warned about them that they can be hostile to other inhabitants and they like to jump.
     
  5. Crispii

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    I don't recommend bettas for the OP's setup since bettas can kill and eat shrimps.
     
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    I thought shrimps would be okay with hiding places. But I missed the tank already had inhabitants. I thought the OP was starting from scratch.
     
  7. Crispii

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    Even if the tank was heavily planted, a betta can still predate on shrimps.
     
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    The tank is already setup and cycled with ground crew at work keeping it clean, just need a fish or two that will be ok with the current inhabitants

    I am also hoping the fish will be passive enough to not stress the shrimp so they can multiply
     
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  9. Crispii

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    Have you considered my suggestion?
     
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    Endlers? I think I may have to cave and get a top for the tank if I go that route. Everything Ive read about them says they are jumpers as well.
     
  11. Crispii

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    Any fish can jump, really.
     
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    Lol, I guess I should just pull my head out of my butt and stop stressing about it, then yolo it. I think I will keep finding an issue with them no matter what.
     
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    Some small fish like a group of Celestial Pearl Danios or Chili Rasboras might do really well in there. They're small enough to have a group of about 6 or so in there and shouldn't bother the shrimp or snails.
     
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    Can you have a school of 6 in a 5.5 gallon tank?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    I think ill go with your first option and look into the Endlers. I can keep a pair in there to start small and work my way up. They should also be a much cheaper option.
     
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    Yeah they only get about an inch or less each. Quite hardy and a very nice looking little fish.
     
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