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A standard 5-G could handle a very small school of neons w/ your betta, but I don't know about a hex. That extra height isn't as useful to them as the length would be.
A standard 5 still isn't quite large enough for a proper school and a betta IMO. You might be able to pull it off, but there is a high risk that the neons will go after the bettas fins/betta will go after the neons due to the lack of space.
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Agree, 5g just not big enough for a proper school of Neon tetras.....
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Thanks again for the info everyone. It's strange, because all the neon tetras I've seen seem to sit in one spot and not swim around much. They just sort of turn from side to side (like, if one fish turns around to face the other way, they all turn, but not much swimming.) We used to have 3, actually, in a small cube thingy (don't kill me, I didn't know any better back then), and they didn't swim much either.

I'll take a peek at the frogs next time I go to the store. :) Now if I wanted to put 4-5 tetras ONLY in a 5 gallon (no betta), would that work? Just curious for future reference.

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If tetras remain stationary like that, they're not in proper conditions. They're either in a tank that is too small, they're not in a proper school, and/or are with unsuitable tankmate(s) that are going after them. I had a school of neons in my 50 gallon a couple years back, they were very beautiful and active fish, lots of fun to watch.

4-5 neons only in a 5? I wouldn't recommend it and I doubt any responsible fish keeper would. There just isn't enough room for them to swim and be active to their full potential, and they should be in schools of at LEAST 5 with 6 or more being the best. Its similar to sticking a betta in a small bowl or vase.....there isn't enough room for proper exercise and the betta wouldn't be active and displaying its natural behavior to its full potential.
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Ok, I won't do it then. Thank you. :)
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5 in 5 could work. I've seen it lots of times before. That's still 16 body lengths to zoom across the tank, and I don't usually see them go any farther than that at one time in ANY volume!
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Um......so what about guppies? Are they also schooling fish?
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No, guppies aren't schoolers as far as I know, but I think they're like ADFs and enjoy the company of a couple other guppies. You might be able to get away with three male guppies in a standard 5 by themselves, but you couldn't keep them with a betta in such a small tank and you couldn't keep female guppies because they reproduce too quickly(even if you don't get males, most come preggo already).
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Guppies hang together, but they aren't really "schooling" fish in the same way that tetras and barbs are.
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Ok, so 3 male guppies and nothing else in a 5 gallon. Will keep in mind for future. Thanks again for helping me out!
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