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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-24-2013, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Animals that thrive in a 1 gal tank?

Well, naive as I am, I bought a 1 gal tank for my Betta. I learned very quickly that this is too small and I am going to be getting him a bigger tank next week.

My question is this: Is there anything that can live happily in this space?

I would really rather find a good use for the tank than throw it away. It's brand new. And of course I won't sell it to someone who's just gonna put a poor sad fish in it. I don't need a hospital/quarantine tank since I only have one fish.

I know it's too small for fish, and any fish small enough for the tank are schooling fish who would not be happy alone. But what about shrimp and things like that? I was looking at Candy Stripe Pistol Shrimp, they are really pretty, but I don't really know anything about keeping them.

If I'm at a dead end here, of course I will swallow my wasted money (which of course, is entirely my fault for not researching my new pet) and get rid of the tank, but I just want to know my options.
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Pistol shrimp are saltwater...

You actually can keep a betta in a 1g tank... It is the minimum tank size, but it can be done as long as you can heat it. Other then that you could do dwarf shrimp or the smaller snail species like ramshorns and mts.
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Are dwarf shrimp cool? Do they come in colors and stuff?
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Dwarf shrimp are awesome. Can't go wrong. Tons of colors and variations. Also you can just save the tank as a QT Tank/Hospital tank.

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Dwarf shrimp are awesome. Can't go wrong. Tons of colors and variations. Also you can just save the tank as a QT Tank/Hospital tank.
Are they relatively easy to keep? I mean relative to Bettas I guess? I figure I don't really need a QT tank since Sparky doesn't have any tankmates.
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Yea, of not easier... Lots of care info online.

They need a stable tank.
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One more question and I will then turn to my own research. How many are okay in a tank that size?
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You could also grab some extra to throw in with your betta. He may attack them, but if there is enough decoration etc they will be fine. I have had lots of shrimp with my betta.

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I would do a tiny planted tank with a hand full of shrimp(4-5?) but I have no experience with shrimp other than a couple ghost shrimp that my betta promptly killed.
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You will want to have QT tank if you are cycling your tank because medicines can kill your cycle.


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