What to do with my 5 gal!?

Butters

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It's not really the inches part, its that swordtails grow to be 4 inches long and are pretty active fish that need room to move and stretch their fins out.
If you could make it a heavily planted tank then you could try a pair of sparkling gouramis. They are pretty little fish that grow to about 1.5 inches MAX and don't need the swimming room as say danios or swordtails.
 

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Hmm, you could try an oscar, a few angelfishes and throw in an arowana if you want, Just kidding

You could put like 2-3 platies
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1 male betta
probably 2 female bettas
a(1) dwarf gourami
3 swordtales
2-3 cherry barbs
1 flame gourami
3 hatchets
a colony of shrimp
Thats really it....
1 male Betta = Fine

2 Female Betta = You might as well be throwing in 2 males - they can get very aggresive to each other.

3 Swordtails = Swordtails need at least a 20gal tank. Enough said?

2-3 Cherry barbs = That may work, but Cherrys are really schoolers.

3 Hatchets = No! Hatchets are STRICTLY schooling fish who really need at least 20 gal (or 10gal long).

A Colony of shrimp = That would be fine!
 
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Thanks again everyone! I'm still undecided, but swaying towards a dwarf puffer... :) Or maaaybe a betta if my shop gets in a particularly nice crowntail... Shrimp are also a cool idea, unfortunately my shop doesn't sell them, not even feeders.
 

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I vote betta! I have two of my boys in 5 gallon tanks (each has their own, of course!) and they love them!

(Sorry PFP, I haven't been swayed to the puffer side of things yet! )
 

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Aww don't be sad! If I had it my way, I'd set up another tank in a heart beat. But my parents have threatened doom and destruction if I set up one more tank. The first tank I set up when I *finally someday maybe possibly* get my own place will probably be a puffer tank.
 

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Aww don't be sad! If I had it my way, I'd set up another tank in a heart beat. But my parents have threatened doom and destruction if I set up one more tank. The first tank I set up when I *finally someday maybe possibly* get my own place will probably be a puffer tank.
Oh good.
My parents are the same way... yet somehow I ended up with 4 tanks. They only wanted one LOL. But I have my 80, so I will respect their wishes from now on. ;D
 

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Oh good.
My parents are the same way... yet somehow I ended up with 4 tanks. They only wanted one LOL. But I have my 80, so I will respect their wishes from now on. ;D
I've got 4 as well. My main problem is that I really have no more space to put any more tanks and my dad has put his foot down and said no to a nice community tank for the living room. Dads...

I've got 2 more tanks in storage waiting for when I move out! >
 
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