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Old 01-31-2011, 11:35 PM   #1 
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5 gal with a betta and..?

Ive decided to give my newest little man, Macceroni, away to a good friend and kindly fishkeeper because he and Alle are just too stressed living in their divided 5 gal :,c Im very very sad about this, but it appears to be taking a toll on Macceroni. He may or may not be having a raised scale issue, so hes in his own QT tank.

That leaves me with $100 worth of tank and stuff in the tank, ergh. I got it for BOTH boys, but its too much right now...

My question:

Id really like something else in the tank with Alle, a usually demure and passive little man more interested in glass surving than anything else.

Its a 5 gal, in the process of cycling.

I HATE/GET CREEPED BY SHIRMP D: And snails...ehhhh :c

I know not much about other fish, so dont be mean, but..

Could I put another fish in there? Like a guppy (female, or a few?), or some sort of catfish/bottom sucker/idk that sort of thing with him? I really like them :B Any kind of fish would be cool, I cant fit a shoal or school in there, but any kinds of fish I could keep either alone or in a small enough group would be awesome.

Its a 5gal marineland hex, fairly heavily planted with silk/fake plants as well as terracotta and floating fake plants/ floating real annubias.

Anyhoodles, thanks in advance :c
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:28 AM   #2 
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African Dwarf Frogs!! Check out this super informative link: http://aquaticfrogs.tripod.com/id13.html
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:46 AM   #3 
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careful with frogs. my mom had to return a pair cuz they kept nipping the fins of her fish.. And they werent really big. I had a scissor tail rasbora by himself in a 2 and he lived for awhile so I assume a 5 with a betta would be good :D
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:50 AM   #4 
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Shrimp are your best option. The frogs are a pain to keep.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:08 AM   #5 
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I have had two ADFs and a docile betta living together in a 5 gal very successfully! My little betta boy was so cute with them... when one of the frogs was relaxed and floating at the surface, David (the betta), would hover right next to them. Not in an aggressive way at all, more curious. It was sweet : )

I wouldn't feed the frogs frozen bloodworms though... the betta will snack on them and they can carry parasites.

The betta will be very happy in a five gal alone though! And I wouldn't get any other fish for a tank that size... rule of thumb is that a betta can live with other fish in a tank 10 gallons or larger.

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:26 PM   #6 
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males will attack guppies normally I think I read somewhere that you need at least a ten gallon tank to put another fish with a betta but I wouldnt even try even if it was just one male betta with just one other platy in a 20 gallon tank well I might try that but I would never purposely waste that much space on just two fish unless they were big or they were goldfish
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:03 PM   #7 
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In a 5 gallon tank, your only options ARE shrimp and fish. ADFs need more space than a 5 gallon with a Betta. I really suggest just leaving him in there alone.
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Old 02-01-2011, 04:12 PM   #8 
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I love snails! I like it when mine climb up the walls and all the sudden just jump off and float down lol.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:44 PM   #9 
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In a 5 gallon tank, your only options ARE shrimp and fish. ADFs need more space than a 5 gallon with a Betta. I really suggest just leaving him in there alone.
Agreed.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:54 AM   #10 
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Oops, I meant shrimp and snails. LOL
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