What else could i house with a betta in a 5 gallon? 5 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by 1thing, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. 1thingValued MemberMember

    So if I put a betta in a 5 gallon could I have anything else in there with them??

  2. Castiel*Well Known MemberMember

    Well, you could always look at getting a Nerite snail, or some sort of shrimp (mixed reviews on shrimp).
    Male betta fish are really territorial, their tank is really THEIR tank, and anything you put in there with him is in reality trespassing. It would only be a matter of time before they turn on the other fish.

    Some others may nip at my his delicate long fins too. I really wouldn't recommend stocking anything but a betta and some snails in a 5g tank. The ecosystem is too easily disturbed, and betta aren't very happy in any community setting.
  3. TJBenderWell Known MemberMember

    A couple of small snails. IMO, that's it. I had a betta nearly die after swallowing a ghost shrimp whole, and will never recommend mixing those two species. Any other type of shrimp will be a very expensive snack for your betta.
  4. 1thingValued MemberMember

  5. TJBenderWell Known MemberMember

    Neons are too active and require too large a school for a 5g, even as a species tank.
  6. klj7678Valued MemberMember

    I've got a mystery snail in with my betta. He stayed really close to him for the first few days but there were no attacks. Now Cthulu (the betta) doesn't even pay attention to the snail unless he's got food.
  7. hopeful fishWell Known MemberMember

    In a five gallon, I wouldn't put anything in but snails. Bettas are territorial, and they can live in community tanks, but you have to have the right betta and perfect stocking and ensure that the betta can have his space if he needs it.

    Tetras are definitely a no-go. They cannot thrive in a 5 gallon, and there are some reports of them nipping a betta's fins.

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