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Old 08-18-2013, 05:08 PM   #1 
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Betta fish with friends..?

So I have a 5.5 gallon tank and I have a betta in there with a snail, which they seem to get along. I have a heater in there and an bubbler, or whatever you want to call it. Could I get an ADF or is it too risky in a 5.5 gallon tank? or should I just stick to snails in there? although it would be nice to see other fish swimming around in there instead of my betta.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:13 PM   #2 
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With a 5.5 gallon you cannot have fish friends, which leaves three options.

A pair of ADFs, some shrimps, or a snail, also a cycled matured tank is needed for all of these tankmates, to ensure that they'll not cause a big fluctuation in water parameters when introduced into the tank.

A pair of ADFs would be pushing the bioload in a 5.5g, you might have to up the water changes a bit.

Shrimps are a hit or miss, depends on your Betta's temper, he might kill them/eat them. Give them enough cover with moss, and decorations like caves. You could do ghost shrimps which are cheap, or a dwarf species like RCS. Amano shrimps are good algae eaters and are big enough to withstand a Betta's attack I believe.

Snails, a Nerite snail would do great in a 5.5g. Great algae eaters and their eggs cannot be hatched in freshwater.
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