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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-15-2012, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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5 Gal Tank - Bottom feeders?

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So I got a nice, used, Fluval Chi tank (5 gal) from a friend and was wondering what sort of bottom feeder I could put in it with my Betta? Something to help keep the bottom clean and what not!

Also, my Betta is VERY mellow, doubt he'd try and eat anything

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I would only recommend a snail in a 5. Anything more would be overstocking.

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I would only recommend a snail in a 5. Anything more would be overstocking.
Sounds good! What kind of snail?

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I have two ghost shrimp in my 3 gal with one betta. Works out great.

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Apple or mystery snails are popular, but poop more than they eat. A nerite is a better option, they are not as large, do not eat live plants, and do not reproduce.

Shrimp are your only other option, but are often snacks. Ghost are common, inexpensive, and depending on being true thosts may be aggressive. Red cherries are colorful, small, and prone to breeding prolifically. Amano shrimp are mid size between the two, and eaymt algae, nay need to have their diet supplemented.

Any other shrimp will likely be unavailable, unsuitable, or just too expensive. Remember, nothing is a substitute for cleaning yourself.
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I still clean my own tank...

I just enjoy bottom feeders And find that they can help with the "look" of being dirty, they help make it look cleaner. I MIGHT go with a Shrimp! Not sure yet.

What about 2 Cory catfish of some sort?

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Corys should be in groups of 5, and need a much larger thank than 5g

Personally, I wouldn't put anything in the tank if you are looking for cleaner. Even with a snail, they may clean up unused food or slight algae (a 5g tank would never produce enough to feed a snail) but they poop, A LOT and they do not clean the Bettas poop up. So really, bottom dwellers are the same as adding more fish as far as waste and clean is concerned :) My apple snails are the dirtiest things I have owned lol


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I must concur, my apple snails are the messiest things you've ever seen.
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Thanks! Maybe I'll just stick with my Betta :)

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LOL Must be the Atlantic then? LOL I have three in my 15g and they drive me batty.


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