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Just picked up a 5 Gallon tank...

Postby Cook.MN » Wed May 14, 2008 9:47 pm

Cause I felt so bad for those Bettas in the fish stores, was thinking I could add 5 tetras to his tank as well? I have only kept Bettas as a young kid and I only kept them alone.

Would adding 5 tetra cramp him? I hear that Bettas are actually a friendly fish who do prefer company so wanted to get him some buddies.
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Postby dwarfpike » Thu May 15, 2008 3:50 am

Not much room in it ... if you want to do lots of water changes, could add some ... i'd go with rasboras though, more themed. :thumb:

Harequins rasboras are one of the prettiest fish when settled in ...
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Postby naegling23 » Thu May 15, 2008 8:19 am

get him a small dwarf aquatic frog.

In a 5 gallon, your only going to be able to add a couple of tetra's. 1 or 2 tetra's isnt going to make it more interesting though imho, you really need 6 or so to make tetra's worthwhile. Your better off with another interesting small fish in there, kuli loaches might be another suggestion.
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Postby Cook.MN » Thu May 15, 2008 10:32 am

It is one of those eclipse tanks with a biowheel filter and heater, so it's not just a 5 gallon bucket :D
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Postby straitjacketstar » Thu May 15, 2008 12:27 pm

Trigonostigma (Rasbora) espei or hengeli would be better suited to a smaller tanks than T. heteromorpha as both stay smaller. A 5 would accomidate either species with a little more elbow room.
Anything in the Boraras genus would also fit nicely. They stay small and could be housed in a good number group.
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Postby dwarfpike » Thu May 15, 2008 12:54 pm

Ack. Fell into the common name trap! :lol: Should of been more specific which harlequin rasbora I meant!!!

Those new Boraras brigittae are stunning ... I think they go by the common name Phoenix rasboras ...

See? Included the scientific name this time ... old dogs can learn new tricks. :D
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Postby straitjacketstar » Thu May 15, 2008 2:27 pm

All of the Boraras sp. look amazing but I can't keep up with the common names! lol
I thought B. brigittae were going by "Brigitte's Rasbora"?! :lol:
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Postby Cook.MN » Thu May 15, 2008 2:30 pm

:roll:

So...small fish :lol:
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Postby straitjacketstar » Thu May 15, 2008 3:08 pm

Cook.MN wrote::roll:

So...small fish :lol:


More like....tiny. :P
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Postby Laurel » Thu May 15, 2008 6:59 pm

How do killies do in tanks that small?
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Postby straitjacketstar » Fri May 16, 2008 12:36 am

I know the avid killi breeders use no more than small containers to spawn many of their less common African and South American species. I don't know how ideal a 5 gallon tank would be for any of them as a living situation but I believe some of the South American Cynolebias sp. would probably fit the bill.
I've had a group of Lucania goodei (North American) do nicely in a 5.5 along with some pygmy sunnies.
I've also always wanted to try the small Leptolucania ommata (North American), which seem like a perfect choice for a small tank, but never found a source for them.
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Postby toddnbecka » Fri May 16, 2008 2:16 am

Here you go straitjacketstar, an online source for pygmy killifish :thumb: http://www.aquaculturestore.com/fwverts.html
No more excuses for not trying them out. :P
Pics and commenary when you do... :popcorn:
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Postby dwarfpike » Fri May 16, 2008 11:53 am

One I would avoid is the celestial pearl danio/gaxaly rasbora ... as pretty and tiny as they are, they prefer much cooler water than the betta does.
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Postby dwschacht » Fri May 16, 2008 12:24 pm

Cook.MN wrote:It is one of those eclipse tanks with a biowheel filter and heater, so it's not just a 5 gallon bucket :D


stop dissing my 5 gallon buckets! :oops:

I have 3 set up with holding female africans in them at the moment. :oops:

At least I put sponge filters in them!
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Postby theinjected1 » Fri May 16, 2008 11:21 pm

Go with a trio of male endlers. A female would be worthless because of the lack of color and the fact that if they did breed, the betta would most likely eat the fry.
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