Stocking List For 5 Gallon Nano Aquariums

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I have two adfs in a ten gallon with a betta and 4 kuhli loaches, they do appreciate a shallower tank. But I kept them in a 55 for quite a while with out issue.
 
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Microdevario kubotai are incredibly active for their size, ime with them they make even a 3ft tank look too small for them, I'd have to say they're not suitable for a 5 gallon tank
 
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Coradee said:
Microdevario kubotai are incredibly active for their size, ime with them they make even a 3ft tank look too small for them, I'd have to say they're not suitable for a 5 gallon tank
Sounds reasonable. I have no experience with them.

Kaleb Rinehart said:
I have two adfs in a ten gallon with a betta and 4 kuhli loaches, they do appreciate a shallower tank. But I kept them in a 55 for quite a while with out issue.
Would you put ADFS in a five?
 

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Imo, probably not. Just because I think they would prefer more space to explore. That's just me tho
 
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Hmm... should there be a comment that if people are building a nano tank, they should pick a shape best for their occupants? Some need height, some need length, some need shallow and wide tanks. Or should that be as normal?
 

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I have 3 Asian stone catfish in a 5 gallon and they're doing quite well, I'm thinking about adding a couple more.
 
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Kaleb Rinehart said:
I have 3 Asian stone catfish in a 5 gallon and they're doing quite well, I'm thinking about adding a couple more.
I don't know that I would add more, but the fact is those fish are so inactive it isn't even funny. Makes then a good fit for 5s. Those are on our list.
 

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ashenwelt said:
I don't know that I would add more, but the fact is those fish are so inactive it isn't even funny. Makes then a good fit for 5s. Those are on our list.
I know that's why I was considering adding a couple more. It's only them in the tank so it wouldn't be overstocked
 

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For the fish pygmy sunfish would be fine in my opinion.
I've already given my opinion on the western mosquito fish and I'm not sure about the rest.
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Thai Micro Spider Crabs / Limnopilos naiyanetri
CPO Dwarf Crayfish

And lastly...

African Dwarf Frogs. I honestly have next to zero knowledge on these, outside I believe they are much better in shallower species only tanks?
I think thai micro crabs would be fine
I believe CPO dwarf crayfish need 8 gallons minimum
I wouldn't put ADF in anything less than 10 gallons. Also they are social so you would need more than 1.

I just want to say I think it's brilliant you're making this list. I'm setting up a 5 gallon soon and I'm probably just going to have a betta and invertebrates but you've given me a lot of ideas. Also I think it's great you're being open minded and taking everyone's opinions on board.
 
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BottomDweller said:
For the fish pygmy sunfish would be fine in my opinion.
I've already given my opinion on the western mosquito fish and I'm not sure about the rest.
I have seen a lot of references to the pygmy sunfish. The western, on a male only, is to get some discussion on it. Thank you by the way for your input on it. I am currently thinking it shouldn't be there.

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I think thai micro crabs would be fine
It seems fairly well recommended for 5s.

BottomDweller said:
I just want to say I think it's brilliant you're making this list. I'm setting up a 5 gallon soon and I'm probably just going to have a betta and invertebrates but you've given me a lot of ideas. Also I think it's great you're being open minded and taking everyone's opinions on board.
Thank you for being a part of this. Its crowd sourcing in essence. The only opinion I have been bypassing is the one that says: "No fish can live in 5 gallons."

I want those five gallon tanks just as beautiful and healthy as the tens and twentys. And "Get a Betta" shouldn't be the only answer people give. Nothing is wrong with them... but they are not the only answer. And yes, I have a Betta, and he even has a name (Hern).
 

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I agree with BottomDweller, think it's awesome your making this, this will be extremely helpful for people just starting out with Nano tanks.
 
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Hello team!

I have updated the list. This is a continued discussion, please ask anyone who should come and have information to come here.

Here are some more fish and invertebrates to consider. Please give feedback.

Special attention to our contributors here:

Anders247
BottomDweller
Bruxes and Bubbles
@Little Tank of Happiness
@Catfish12345
@Kaleb Rinehart
Coradee

I wanted to thank our contributors so far! Please join us on this!

Fish:
  • Microdevario kubotai
  • Neon blue rasbora / Sundadanio axelrodi
  • Boraras naevus
  • Bluefin Nothobranch Killifish / Nothobranchius rachovii
  • Eastern Mosquitofish / Gambusia holbrooki
Invertabrates:
Thanks team!
 

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IMO, dwarf frogs are fine in a 5 gallon. The rule is one every 2.5 gallons.

Of the fish listed above:
Kubotai, no, for the reasons Coradee states.
Maybe on the S. axelrodi
Boraras naevus should be OK.
Yes to the killifish.
No to the gambusia....

Yes to the snowball shrimp.
 

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Agreed with Anders I think dwarf frogs are fine. Make sure to get 2 because they are social.
 

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FishandFun said:
I would do a betta with cherry and ghost shrimp.
Those are on the list. This is am attempt to crowd source knowledge to build a list of which of our aquatic friends can happily survive in a 5 gallon aquarium.

Do you have any others you would like to add? We are looking for input.

Btw, I have a Betta with Endlers, Cherries and Ammano shrimp.
 

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ashenwelt said:
Why not on the Embers? They honestly are probably the top schooling fish in a 5. The rest are like I said in the post... Debated. But normally Embers aren't.
Well, from actual experience and success owning embers, a 5 gallon will definitely work. I'd say 7-9 is a good number.
 
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scarface said:
Well, from actual experience and success owning embers, a 5 gallon will definitely work. I'd say 7-9 is a good number.
Yep. Would you like to nominate any others? Current nomminies are:

  • Microdevario kubotai
  • Neon blue rasbora / Sundadanio axelrodi
  • Boraras naevus
  • Bluefin Nothobranch Killifish / Nothobranchius rrachovii
 

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ashenwelt said:
Hello team!

I have updated the list. This is a continued discussion, please ask anyone who should come and have information to come here.

Here are some more fish and invertebrates to consider. Please give feedback.

Special attention to our contributors here:

Anders247
BottomDweller
Bruxes and Bubbles
@Little Tank of Happiness
@Catfish12345
@Kaleb Rinehart
Coradee

I wanted to thank our contributors so far! Please join us on this!

Fish:
  • Microdevario kubotai
  • Neon blue rasbora / Sundadanio axelrodi
  • Boraras naevus
  • Bluefin Nothobranch Killifish / Nothobranchius rachovii
  • Eastern Mosquitofish / Gambusia holbrooki
Invertabrates:
Thanks team!
What about dwarf crayfish? Like 1 or 2 if well planted and alone.
 
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MrBryan723 said:
What about dwarf crayfish? Like 1 or 2 if well planted and alone.
Which ones?
 
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