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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-02-2010, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Hm... Five gallon buddies

I've been considering plopping something else in with Freed in the planted five gallon.

All that's in there now is him and a few snails. Would it be pushing it if I got one of those big, pretty snails? Would I have to worry about introducing illnesses into the tank?

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If you pick one that looks healthy, it might be okay. And I said might because I think snails produce alot of waste, you'll probably have to clean it more. I'm not sure about the tank size though.
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Thanks! c:

Snails do poop a lot. I wonder if there's something else basic I can stick in there that moves and doesn't poop too much. :/

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Thanks! c:

Snails do poop a lot. I wonder if there's something else basic I can stick in there that moves and doesn't poop too much. :/
You might try some shrimp, red cherry shrimp are cheap, a neat looking red color, eat algae, and are a very small bioload. Be aware they are small and may end up being a snack for your betta though.
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er...i know its over stocked but....

in my 5g, i have a male vt, 2 cory cats, and about 5-10ish snails....and its been like that for about 2ish-3ish months now, and their doing great. Just when introducing anything to a betta in a 5g tank, make sure you are hawkeyeing it for the first hour or so, because there isnt alot of swimming room for anything to escape the betta if things do go bad.


EDIT: And yes, the snails are 90% of the water pollution, because i sware they are pooping 24/7

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Hmm. Maybe I'll get two of those little shrimp and see if he eats them first.

I think when I introduced a plant to the aquarium it had a shrimp on it, a very tiny one. Sand flea size. I saw him zoom off somewhere. I'll squint around and see if I can find him.

Thanks guys. I've considered getting a Cory, but I think I'd want to make sure the snail population is controlled before I stick one in, just to help the bioload. Are cories schooling fish? I mean, would I need more than one?

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Thanks guys. I've considered getting a Cory, but I think I'd want to make sure the snail population is controlled before I stick one in, just to help the bioload. Are cories schooling fish? I mean, would I need more than one?
get them in twos so your not sticking 1 cory cat in there and hes constantly getting picked on by himself, (I mean untill the betta gets used to him)

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-The Peacock: CT male
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Cories need 3-4 fish in a school, and yes, they are schooling fish.

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Be careful of water temp, most shrimp prefer water temps lower than 79 degress (except for Ghost shrimp 80 degrees.) I've read that they can cook it too warm water.

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Cory cats thrive in groups of 6 or more and get to be about 2-3 inches long. I do NOT recommend them for a 5g!!

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