Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: In the middle of no where (PA)
I think a few shrimp would be best.
The phrase "Keep the tank clean" is one of my pet peeves. No animal will clean the tank for you. You'll still have to do regular water changes (Once a week) scrub algae, and all that good stuff.
Snails poop like crazy, and sometimes don't even eat the algae! I wouldn't recommend one for a 5 gallon tank honestly.
But 4-5 ghost shrimp would be great! They will scavenge and eat little bits of algae. You can also drop a few extra betta pellets in for them to snack on. Or feed them veggies. My shrimp LOVED veggies! Kale especially.
"Whoever said fish were low maintenance obviously never owned fish"