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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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5.5 gallon tank mates

Ok, so just finding out that my divided tank houses a male and a female didn't exactly make my day. What DID make my day was the manager at the Petsmart that I bought her at (she checked me out) gave me a 7.99 credit since their girly bettas are $1 .. (I showed her my avatar pic) and well I bought this

5.5 Gallon

I'm not going to use the filter it came with, but may keep it for an emergency. I plan on using a small sponge filter.

I haven't gotten anything as far as fish/substrate goes incase specific fish are suggested, and I'm going to be setting it up over time as expenses allow.

What can I put with her? I don't mind it being her and a bottom dweller or her and 1 or 2 other fish. I know I can't have many fish in this aquarium. I got it for her because she has 5 gallons now that she uses ALL of and I didn't want to downgrade her to a 2.5 mini bow .. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Snails or Shrimps. You could only add more fish in a 10 gallon.

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5.5 gallon was the largest I could go. We have this really weird half wall that is like 16 inches long and the light switch is on the wall there, so people already have to reach their hand over the tank a bit. A 10 gallon definatly won't fit there. I have one already in my living room and 1 in my dining room LOL


This could all be solved if my hubby would let me get a 29 gallon.. HAHAHA
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A few shrimp or a mystery snail.

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Okie, I could get her a nerite.

She's the picture in my avatar.. anyone wanna make suggestions on color of gravel? I'm not a fan of sand, I usually do river rocks but I wanna do something different..

She's pink/blue
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What about like bright blue flat marbles?

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A few shrimp or a mystery snail.
In my opinion a mystery snail creates too much of a bio load to live happily with a Betta in a 5 gallon. If you were to get a mystery snail. You would need to charge your water change schedule. And do more water changes to keep the ammonia minimal. Otherwise it would be toxic to both your Betta, the mystery snail, and the shrimp if you get them

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I'm going to get her a nerite and if that doesn't work out maybe some shrimp, if that doesn't work out, she'll be all alone :(
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What about like bright blue flat marbles?
I think I'm gonna go with black since I haven't done it yet in my aquarium and some silk plants. I might get one small microsword if I can find one
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nerites are a good choice. They do poop quite a bit, so just make sure to get the gravel cleaned good
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