Stocking List For 5 Gallon Nano Aquariums - Page 7

Platylover

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Really? I'm surprised they make them that long. I have some in my 22" 6 gallon and think that length is good, I don't know how they'd do in shorter lengths. Maybe you could add a note saying that some reccomend 20" minimum? Just an idea.
 
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ashenwelt

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Platylover said:
Really? I'm surprised they make them that long. I have some in my 22" 6 gallon and think that length is good, I don't know how they'd do in shorter lengths. Maybe you could add a note saying that some reccomend 20" minimum? Just an idea.
Your actually the first one to bring up long tanks for them. The usually are inquisitive but I don't really lean towards a true long like a half ten. CPD really need plants and terrain more than long swim lanes. Will they use it? Sure.

My thoughts...
 
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ashenwelt

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ashenwelt said:
So a question that comes up a lot is what can go into a five gallon aquarium. This expects heat and filtration and good water. We have made a list based on what people have been successful with. As such, can you help me expand this list? Please only add if YOU have done it. Here is our list so far.

What can go in a five? Many, many options. Many of which will start arguments. This is a list that people have been successful with. It’s not a guarantee but it is a place to start. Also, please research these fish as many has very specific requirements. Also note that many of these fish would be best listed as fish for "advanced" fishkeepers.

Fish:

Characiformes Characidae:
  • Green Neon Tetra or Paracheirodon simulans - (recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred; length is wanted) - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Characiformes Lebiasinidae:
  • Nannostomus anduzeI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae:
  • Celestial Pearl 'Danio' / Galaxy 'Rasbora' or Celestichthys margaritatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Strawberry Rasbora or Boraras naevus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Neon blue rasbora or Sundadanio axelrodI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Dwarf Rasbora or Boraras maculatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • ChilI rasboras / Mosquito Rasbora or Boraras brigittae - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Boraras micros - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Boraras urophthalmoides - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Ember barb / Dwarf Amber Barb or Barboides gracilis - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Barboides britzI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Phoenix Rasbora or Boraras merah - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae:
  • Endler's Livebearer or Poecilia wingeI - 1-4M or 2F; swims in all zones; caution breeds prolifically
  • Dwarf Mosquitofish / Least Killifish or Heterandria formosay - 1-4M or 2F; swims in all zones; caution breeds prolifically
Perciformes Elassomatidae:
  • Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma sp.- 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Banded Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma zonatum - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Bluebarred Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma okatie - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Carolina Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma boehlkeI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Gulf Coast Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma gilbertI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma okefenokee - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Spring Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma alabamae - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Everglades Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma evergladeI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
Perciformes Osphronemidae:
  • Parasphaerichthys lineatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Perciformes Badidae:
  • Scarlet Badis or Dario dario - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Red Dario / Red Melon Dario or Dario hysginon - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario dayingensis - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario kajal - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario urops - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Black Tiger Dario or Dario sp. 'Myanmar' - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
Perciformes Elassomatidae
  • Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma sp. - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
Perciformes Osphronemidae:
  • Licorice GouramI or Parosphromenus deissnerI - (Debated; Recommend captive bred only, in very soft water; Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Betta / Siamese Fighting Fish or Betta Splendens - 1M or 1F
Perciformes Gobiidae:
  • Stiphodon birdsong - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
Perciformes Cichlidae:
  • Big-Eye' Lamprologus / Zebra Shelldweller or Neolamprologus similis - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Ocellated Lamprologus / Ocellatus Shelldweller or Lamprologus Ocellatus - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Multis /Multi-Bar Lamprologus or Neolamprologus multifasciatus - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
Tetraodontiformes / Tetraodontidae:
  • Dwarf Puffer / Malabar pufferfish or Carinotetraodon travancoricus - 1 Puffer
Killifish Families:
  • Bluefin Nothobranch Killifish / Nothobranchius rachoviI - 1M or 1M/1F or 1M/2F; research you killifish
  • Pygmy Killifish / Leptolucania ommata- 1M or 1M/1F or 1M/2F; research you killifish
  • Killifish (any with an adult standard length of 1.5 inches / 38.1 mm or smaller; standard length does not include tail length) - 1M or 1M/1F or 1M/2F; research you killifish
Invertebrates:
  • Cherry Shrimp (all varieties) / Neocaridina davidI (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Crystal Shrimp (all varieties) / Caridina cantonensis (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Cardinal Shrimp / Caridina sp. "Cardinal" (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Neocaridina zhangjiajiensis / Snowball Shrimp (up to 12 shrimp)
  • / Paleomonetes sp. (up to 8 shrimp)
  • Amano Shrimp (up to 5 shrimp)
  • ThaI Micro Spider Crabs / Limnopilos naiyanetrI (up to 3 crabs)
  • Pom Pom Crab / Lybia sp. (up to 3 crabs)
  • SpikI Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Pond Snail (beware) (up to 3 snails, warning: prolific breeders)
  • Nerite Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Assassin Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Mystery Snail (only 1 snail)
  • Dwarf Mexican Crayfish (up to 1 crayfish)
Amphibians:
  • African Dwarf Frogs (please remember these are social and should be 2 in 5 gallons; some research shows that it does best in species only
And nearly everyone one of them can and will start an ethics argument. Remember there are additional concerns when doing this such as: water temp., water type, water quality, plant levels, ground cover/substrate, etc. One of the most important things to remember is that water is inherently less stable in smaller quantities. Additionally, many fish here do require what is referred to as old water. So think an aquarium that has been up for a few months at least.

Please note there are additional highly debated fish, such as the Danionella Dracula that have wildly differing sources. As such at this time we recommend holding to this list, and avoiding those fish. You may have unexpected and negative consequences for your aquatic pets when moving to those animals.

Contributors from many places but here at Fishlore.com includes:

Anders247
BottomDweller
Bruxes and Bubbles
Little Tank of Happiness
Catfish12345
Kaleb Rinehart
Coradee
CROWNTAILBETTA
fishandle
scarface
MrBryan723
ashenwelt
TexasDomer
JRS
APierce
beau
aquatickeeper
fishychachki
HappiestCamper

Thank you all for the contributions!

- List Curated by ashenwelt
As only discussed livestock on the list, this list is being updated. Thanks team!
 

frankthe5th

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Tagged for future reference
 

Mausie

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I have bookmarked this list. I wish I would have read up on things before I jumped in instead of asking questions at the lfs.

I have platys in a 5. Are we doomed? Shall I get a 10-20 as soon as I can?
 
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ashenwelt

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Mausie said:
I have bookmarked this list. I wish I would have read up on things before I jumped in instead of asking questions at the lfs.

I have platys in a 5. Are we doomed? Shall I get a 10-20 as soon as I can?
You are not doomed but I would recommend upgrading. The bioload and swim lane available in a 5 gallon are just way too small for a group of plants. Platys swim everywhere in an aquarium and are a mid sized fish.
 

BettaPonic

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5 gallon
Heterandria formosa – Least Killifish
Neoheterandria elegans – Tiger Teddy
poecilopsis-gracilus
skiffia-bilineata
micropoecilia-minima
 
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ashenwelt

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So least killifish is on the list.

But let's talk about the others. Have you kept them or researched them? They look nice!

I will do some reading on them tomorrow, but all the info you can share please do.
 

BettaPonic

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Neoheterandria elegans - Wikipedia

Elegant poeciliid, Tiger Teddy, Neoheterandria elegans Profile, with care, maintenance requirements and breeding information for your tropical fish

I found disagreement over the minimum tank size.
Couldn't find much on micropoecilia minima, but Chicago livebearers is pretty good in my opinion.

I keep Guppies and Least Killifish. I can't keep skiffia because they aren't as heat tolerant as I need. I prefer to keep a few species in a lot of tanks. Hope you find a species you like. I keep my fish in the 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
 
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ashenwelt

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BettaPonic my apologies, I have not had time to expand my research. Anyone else want to give BettaPonic a hand on this? I will say micropoecilia minima looks really neat!
 

BettaPonic

Member
It's okay, I have way to much spare time. I am pretty sure the species goes by a different name. I found this website selling them. I have never ordered from them.
 

Mausie

Member
ashenwelt said:
You are not doomed but I would recommend upgrading. The bioload and swim lane available in a 5 gallon are just way too small for a group of plants. Platys swim everywhere in an aquarium and are a mid sized fish.
Thanks! I'm upgrading and am going to try to not repeat my mistakes

After I cycle the upgraded tank and move the all the platies I will be referring back to this list to stock the 5 gallon with more suitable fishies. Thanks for your good list!
 

UglyAsian

Member
You could do ten or easily more cherry shrimp
 
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ashenwelt

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UglyAsian said:
You could do ten or easily more cherry shrimp
Yep. The list actually has a recommendation to start with up to 12 cherries. Have you reviewed the invertebrate section? All the list is kept up to date in the first post of the thread.
 

chromedome52

Member
Sam Borstein is a very smart young man, but he gives the size of Poeciliopsis as 1.5 inches for males, while Fishbase gives 9 cm (over 3.75 inches) for a male. IME, Fishbase is the correct size. They get too big for a 5 gallon tank. They are also a very active species, much like Swordtails, and need extra swimming room.
 

Fish_lover313

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ashenwelt

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Fish_lover313 said:
I've keep ghost shrimp and African dwarf frogs. (Not at the same time).

I have a successfully running 5 gallon with 4 glofish Tetras

I also have a 5 gallon with 4 guppies.

My other five gallon has 1 betta, 1 LYRETAIL guppy, and 2 white skirt Tetras.
Hello!

We have the frogs and shrimp and many types of Betta. What type of Betta do you keep?

We found that guppies really can use more swim space, and tetras the same.
 

Fish_lover313

Member
ashenwelt said:
Hello!

We have the frogs and shrimp and many types of Betta. What type of Betta do you keep?

We found that guppies really can use more swim space, and tetras the same.
I have kept a rose petal betta, and one other type but I'm not sure which, as I got him when he was a baby
 

MelPaulATL

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Lol. ashenwelt. Just found this. Awesome!!. Now to go back and read what I SHOULD have been doing.
 

DanielleFish

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Can you keep 2 females of the wild type bettas together in a 5 gallon?
 

TexasDomer

Member
Not B. splendens, but maybe with other species.
 
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ashenwelt

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TexasDomer said:
Not B. splendens, but maybe with other species.
Yep. Some people have but often a time bomb clicking away.
 

DanielleFish

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ashenwelt said:
Yep. Some people have but often a time bomb clicking away.
So if "time bomb" are the words you used, probably not the best idea when there are so many others.
 

ParrotCichlid

Member
No marine options?

Had a pair of clownfish in a 5 gallon for 4 years before the heater malfunctioned and turned the aquarium into a pot of boiling water.

Very hardy fish, maintained the tank with 25% weekly water changes and a few plain RO top offs to balance salinity.
 

bgclarke

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ParrotCichlid said:
No marine options?
This list is in the freshwater section.

Would need a separate one in the Saltwater one.
 

FlipFlopFishFlake

Member
Danionella species, specifically danionella translucida. I kept these (actually bred them) for a few months. Took me a while to get a hold of them, but boy are they worth it. Turns out that chain pet stores don't buy fish from you, and I didn't have anywhere to put the fry, so I had to sell them. Was a shame, I need to get them again. (Oops, getting off topic) Anyway, these fish are TINY. I never had one exceed 0.4 inches. Great fish. A pain to feed the fry though cause they are so small.
 

RainBetta

Member
ashenwelt said:
So a question that comes up a lot is what can go into a five gallon aquarium. This expects heat and filtration and good water. We have made a list based on what people have been successful with. As such, can you help me expand this list? Please only add if YOU have done it. Here is our list so far.

What can go in a five? Many, many options. Many of which will start arguments. This is a list that people have been successful with. It’s not a guarantee but it is a place to start. Also, please research these fish as many has very specific requirements. Also note that many of these fish would be best listed as fish for "advanced" fishkeepers.

Fish:

Characiformes Characidae:
  • Green Neon Tetra or Paracheirodon simulans - (recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred; length is wanted) - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Characiformes Lebiasinidae:
  • Nannostomus anduzeI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Cypriniformes Cyprinidae:
  • Celestial Pearl 'Danio' / Galaxy 'Rasbora' or Celestichthys margaritatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Strawberry Rasbora or Boraras naevus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Neon blue rasbora or Sundadanio axelrodI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Dwarf Rasbora or Boraras maculatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • ChilI rasboras / Mosquito Rasbora or Boraras brigittae - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Boraras micros - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Boraras urophthalmoides - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Ember barb / Dwarf Amber Barb or Barboides gracilis - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Barboides britzI - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
  • Phoenix Rasbora or Boraras merah - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Cyprinodontiformes Nothobranchiidae [Killifish]:
  • Aphyoplatys duboisI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion australe - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion aureum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion bualanum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion calliurum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion celiae - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion coeleste - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion exigoideum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion hofmannI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion joergenscheelI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion louessense - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion ocellatum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion prnium - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion raddaI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion wachtersI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion (Chromaphyosemion) species - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion (Diapteron) abacinum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion (Diapteron) cyanostictum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion (Diapteron) fulgens - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Aphyosemion (Diapteron) georgiae - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Epiplatys annulatus - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Epiplatys chaperI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Epiplatys dagetI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Fundulopanchax ahlI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Fundulopanchax gardnerI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.; mature fish can eventually outgrow a 5, but albino and Gold forms tend to stay smaller)
  • Fundulopanchax filamentosa - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Fundulopanchax marmoratum - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable; larger size, but very peaceful fish
  • Fundulopanchax oeserI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Fundulopanchax scheelI - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
Cyprinodontiformes Poeciliidae:
  • Endler's Livebearer or Poecilia wingeI - 1-4M or 2F; swims in all zones; caution breeds prolifically
  • Dwarf Mosquitofish / Least Killifish or Heterandria formosay - 1-4M or 2F; swims in all zones; caution breeds prolifically
Perciformes Elassomatidae:
  • Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma sp.- 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Banded Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma zonatum - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Bluebarred Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma okatie - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Carolina Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma boehlkeI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Gulf Coast Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma gilbertI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Okefenokee Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma okefenokee - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Spring Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma alabamae - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Everglades Pygmy Sunfish or Elassoma evergladeI - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
Perciformes Osphronemidae:
  • Parasphaerichthys lineatus - Requires 6 in a 5 gallon aquarium
Perciformes Badidae:
  • Scarlet Badis or Dario dario - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Red Dario / Red Melon Dario or Dario hysginon - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario dayingensis - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario kajal - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Dario urops - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Black Tiger Dario or Dario sp. 'Myanmar' - 1M, 3M or 1M/2F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
Perciformes Osphronemidae:
  • Licorice GouramI or Parosphromenus deissnerI - (Debated; Recommend captive bred only, in very soft water; Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
  • Betta Albimarginata - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta Brownorum - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta Channoides - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta Persephone - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta Rutilan - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta sp. ApI ApI - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
  • Betta / Siamese Fighting Fish or Betta Splendens - 1M or 1F
  • Betta Tussyae - (Recommend to focus on breeding) - 1M/1F Pair is preferred, 1M or 1F is not optimal but minimally acceptable.
Perciformes Gobiidae:
  • Stiphodon birdsong - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F
Perciformes Cichlidae:
  • Big-Eye' Lamprologus / Zebra Shelldweller or Neolamprologus similis - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Ocellated Lamprologus / Ocellatus Shelldweller or Lamprologus Ocellatus - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
  • Multis /Multi-Bar Lamprologus or Neolamprologus multifasciatus - (use caution and watch for aggression; recommend a minimum of 170 square inches (1096 square cm) of aquarium floor space, with 200+ (1290 square cm) preferred) - 1M or 1F or 1M/1F, due to aggression and territorial aggression; lower third swimmer
Tetraodontiformes / Tetraodontidae:
  • Dwarf Puffer / Malabar pufferfish or Carinotetraodon travancoricus - 1 Puffer
Invertebrates:
  • Cherry Shrimp (all varieties) / Neocaridina davidI (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Crystal Shrimp (all varieties) / Caridina cantonensis (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Cardinal Shrimp / Caridina sp. "Cardinal" (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Neocaridina zhangjiajiensis / Snowball Shrimp (up to 12 shrimp)
  • Ghost Shrimp / Paleomonetes sp. (up to 8 shrimp)
  • Amano Shrimp (up to 5 shrimp)
  • ThaI Micro Spider Crabs / Limnopilos naiyanetrI (up to 3 crabs)
  • Pom Pom Crab / Lybia sp. (up to 3 crabs)
  • SpikI Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Pond Snail (beware) (up to 3 snails, warning: prolific breeders)
  • Nerite Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Assassin Snail (up to 2 snails)
  • Mystery Snail (only 1 snail)
  • Dwarf Mexican Crayfish (up to 1 crayfish)
Amphibians:
  • African Dwarf Frogs (please remember these are social and should be 2 in 5 gallons; some research shows that it does best in species only aquariums
As a note, nearly every member of livestock here can and will start an ethics argument.

Remember there are additional concerns when doing this such as: water temp., water type, water quality, plant levels, ground cover/substrate, etc. One of the most important things to remember is that water is inherently less stable in smaller quantities. Yes, this means a 5 gallon aquarium is harder to manage than a 20 gallon aquarium. Additionally, many fish here do require what is referred to as old water. So think an aquarium that has been up for a few months at least.

Please note there are additional highly debated fish, such as the Danionella Dracula that have wildly differing sources. As such at this time we recommend holding to this list, and avoiding those fish. You may have unexpected and negative consequences for your aquatic pets when moving to those animals.

Contributors from many places but here at Fishlore.com includes:

Anders247
BottomDweller
Bruxes and Bubbles
Little Tank of Happiness
Catfish12345
Kaleb Rinehart
Coradee
CROWNTAILBETTA
fishandle
scarface
MrBryan723
ashenwelt
TexasDomer
JRS
APierce
beau
aquatickeeper
fishychachki
HappiestCamper
chromedome52

Thank you all for the contributions!

- List Curated by ashenwelt

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Additional Killifish breeding information provided by chromedome52

Killies are generally kept as M/F pairs, occasionally M/F/F trios.

Killifish for 5 gallon tanks with difficulty rating 1-5:
1- eats anything, and if you can't get them to spawn, there's something wrong with YOU!
2 - usually adapts to dry/frozen foods, may require some water chemistry adjustment or other.
3 - May eat frozen foods, but to breed live foods are needed. Water chemistry and possibly temperature requirements will have to be met.
4 - Require live foods, may have special spawning requirements or could be a seasonal breeder.
5 - You really have to know what you're doing to keep them alive, and breeding will require some very specific conditions.

Raising fry of killifish in general requires egg removal from parent's tank, though some 1 or 2 rated species might even allow fry to grow up in the tank. However, in a 5 gallon tank it will generally be necessary to remove fry that are seen so as to control population.

I use the terms common, uncommon, and rare. Common fish are species that may occasionally be seen in stores, but are pretty much available through auction sites and AKA show auctions. Uncommon are fish that you might find on auction sites, and have a good chance of finding at AKA shows. Rare is a fish that you will almost never see available on auction sites, and if you find them at AKA auctions, have a very, very deep wallet.

And now, some FISH:
  • Aphyoplatys duboisI - 5 - RARE.
  • Aphyosemion australe - 2 - common
  • A. aureum - 3 - uncommon
  • A. bualanum - 4 - uncommon (subgenus Kathetys, other species with same requirements are dargei, elberti, exiguum, and thysi; last two more uncommon than others)
  • A. calliurum - 1 - uncommon
  • A. celiae - 2 - uncommon (also subspecies A. c. winifredae, same ratings, more color)
  • A. coeleste - 3 - uncommon
  • A. exigoideum - 2 - uncommon
  • A. hofmannI - 4 - rare, I think
  • A. joergenscheelI - 5 - rare
  • A. louessense - 1or2, depending on pop. - uncommon
  • A. ocellatum - 3 - uncommon (highly recommended, but has low temperature requirements)
  • A. prnium - 3 - uncommon
  • A. raddaI - 4 - uncommon?
  • A. wachtersI - 5 - rare (closely related, A. herzogI and A. bochtleri, same ratings)
  • A. (Chromaphyosemion) species - bitaeniatum and some splendopleure populations may be seen in commercial imports, and these are generally rated 1-common. I've even had a very small splendopleure type that had fry with them in a 2 gallon drum bowl. There are a lot of new names in this group, but there are three species that I would not keep in a 5: riggenbachi, known as the Giant Krib; bivittatum; and lugens. Last two have highly aggressive males.)
  • A. (Diapteron) abacinum, cyanostictum, fulgens, and georgiae - 4.5 - uncommon
  • Epiplatys annulatus - 4 - common
  • Epiplatys chaperI - 2 - uncommon
  • Epiplatys dagetI - 1 - used to be common, now uncommon
  • Fundulopanchax ahlI - 3 - uncommon
  • Fpx. gardnerI - 1 - common (limited; mature fish can eventually outgrow a 5, but albino and Gold forms tend to stay smaller)
  • Fpx. filamentosa - 3 - uncommon (along with robertsonI and rubrolabiale, small fish with feathered finnage, usually a substrate spawner)
  • Fpx. marmoratum - 1 - uncommon (larger size, but very peaceful fish)
  • Fpx. oeserI - 1 - uncommon (also larger, but calm species)
  • Fpx. scheelI - 1 - has become common, though better stock is to be found at shows
Final note: Nothobranchius species are sometimes sold commercially, and are quite available via online auctions. Often these are sold as eggs in peat, to be hatched by recipient. Notho males are, by instinct, very rough on females. The sexes can only be put together temporarily for breeding. Males have been kept in community tanks as singles with larger fish, and a single male of pretty much any species will do well in a 5. BUT, in a small tank any tank mates are at risk, whether fish or invertebrate.
Scarlet Badis?
 
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ashenwelt

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Scarlet Badis is on the list.
 

FlipFlopFishFlake

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Might I ask, has anybody kept danionella translucida and observed any problems due to lack of space? They do great in a 5 gallon in my experience, I have bred them, raised multiple generations of fry in the tank, and kept them as pets for a time, and they had no problems whatsoever. They are literally one of the tiniest fish in the hobby, and not much more active than an ender.
 

TexasDomer

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FlipFlopFishFlake38 said:
Might I ask, has anybody kept danionella translucida and observed any problems due to lack of space? They do great in a 5 gallon in my experience, I have bred them, raised multiple generations of fry in the tank, and kept them as pets for a time, and they had no problems whatsoever. They are literally one of the tiniest fish in the hobby, and not much more active than an ender.
I have a related species, D. dracula, and they are pretty active. In order to keep a large group (which you should because they are so tiny and are schooling fish), I'd go with a 10 gal just for the space. You won't necessarily see problems in smaller tanks, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be kept in the larger tank.
 

FlipFlopFishFlake

Member
TexasDomer said:
I have a related species, D. dracula, and they are pretty active. In order to keep a large group (which you should because they are so tiny and are schooling fish), I'd go with a 10 gal just for the space. You won't necessarily see problems in smaller tanks, but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be kept in the larger tank.
Makes sense, I have noticed they need large schools to feel comfortable which might require a larger tank size.
 

laurie26t

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I'm sorry I didnt read the whole thread however at the beginning it was mentioned that the list was for advanced fishkeepers i'd consider myself pretty beginner but passionate. I've always just kept bettas and I'm currently cycling a five gallons ( I can't go bigger seeing as ill be moving out in the two next years therefore 5 gal is small enough to move ) I want to change it up and learn about other fish I would like to keep more than 1 species after watching a few videos I was coming up with perhaps a small shrimp ( or snail to keep tank clean) rosy loach and neon green tetras i've seen people comment that neon green tetras shouldnt be kept and that the rosy loach is unsure about... any advice as to what fish I could keep together to have a miniecosytem?
 

Tiasshy

Member
Just a question, so I can keep one betta and several shrimp in only 5 gallon? Are red cherry shrimp too small? Should I get bigger shrimp?
 

BottomDweller

Member
Tiasshy said:
Just a question, so I can keep one betta and several shrimp in only 5 gallon? Are red cherry shrimp too small? Should I get bigger shrimp?
Both of those are fine in a 5 gallon however most bettas will eat neocaridinia shrimp. Amano and ghost shrimp are safer.
 

RainBetta

Member
BottomDweller said:
Both of those are fine in a 5 gallon however most bettas will eat neocaridinia shrimp. Amano and ghost shrimp are safer.
I'd go with amanos, not ghost shrimp. My betta choked on a ghostie and passed, but I've McDermott had issues with amanos
 

Tylcas

Member
I think kuhlI loaches could work, and maybe ricefish. IvI' heard that ricefish can survive huge temp. swings so they don't need a heater (IDK)
 

andy305mia

Member
Shrimp, snails. I would't keep ANY fish in anything smaller than 10 gallons. Good luck!
 

Atomicfish

Member
According to my petco and my experience. A albino Cory catfish works.
 

BottomDweller

Member
Atomicfish said:
According to my petco and my experience. A albino Cory catfish works.
Cories are schooling so should be kept in groups of 6+ (with more being better). 6 cories would be overstocking a 5 gallon. Also cories are too active for a 5 gallon, they need more space to swim. Albino aeneus cories are one of the larger types of cory too. The minimum tank size for albino cories is a 20 gallon long so they have enough swimming room for a group of them.
 

RyanC14

Member
What about ramshorn snails and freshwater clams? Or were they already added?
 

andy305mia

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andy305mia said:
Shrimp, snails. I would't keep ANY fish in anything smaller than 10 gallons. Good luck!
I take this back, I have a male Betta in a 5 gallon now and he seems ok. A bit snug but ok
 

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