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Old 02-24-2012, 01:54 PM   #11 
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There is several species of fish you can keep. A lot of keepers on Nano Planted Tanks keep small fish, Shrimps, Snails, and Microcrabs. Here are two schooling fish I can think of right now off the top of my head, chili rasbora and strawberry rasbora.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:56 PM   #12 
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It depends on the type of tetras. Some grow too large to keep in a 5gal in a group of 5. Especially if it's heavily planted/decorated.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:20 PM   #13 
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What kind of coldwater fish are you thinking? If you're thinking goldfish, they require 20g and up. ;)
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:37 PM   #14 
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What kind of coldwater fish are you thinking? If you're thinking goldfish, they require 20g and up. ;)
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Old 02-25-2012, 07:20 AM   #15 
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-Tetras are too active for a 5g
-Rasboras are too active for a 5g
-Guppies are too big for a 5g
-Platties are too big and active for a 5g

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Old 02-25-2012, 10:49 PM   #16 
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Thank you, Maisy. Please guys, don't promote guppies, tetras, rasboras or platies as suitable for a 5 gallon. They are simply too large, or have schooling needs a 5 gallon can't support or are too active, or some combination thereof. Just because a fish seems small, like a tetra, does not make it suitable for 5 gallons. There are many other factors to consider.

Microfish such as badis, microrasboras and puffers are suitable, but be aware that they can require much more advanced care.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:02 PM   #17 
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I would look at doing a shrimp community of Cherry shrimps, bumblebee shrimps, and crystal red shrimps. They will all get along fine together in a 5g tank.
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:08 AM   #18 
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I've got a marble crayfish living with 6 white cloud minnows in my 5 gallon. They have been together for 2 years and all is well. The crayfish self clones and the offspring are fed to my cichlids in another tank.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:14 AM   #19 
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Thank you, Maisy. Please guys, don't promote guppies, tetras, rasboras or platies as suitable for a 5 gallon. They are simply too large, or have schooling needs a 5 gallon can't support or are too active, or some combination thereof. Just because a fish seems small, like a tetra, does not make it suitable for 5 gallons. There are many other factors to consider.

Microfish such as badis, microrasboras and puffers are suitable, but be aware that they can require much more advanced care.
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When I looked at this tread I wanted to scream! D: I can't imagine 5 guppies in a 5 gallon. :(
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:50 PM   #20 
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I've got a marble crayfish living with 6 white cloud minnows in my 5 gallon. They have been together for 2 years and all is well. The crayfish self clones and the offspring are fed to my cichlids in another tank.
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Not to be a stocking Nazi, but that is very overstocked. Minnows are active little critters and really do need the length of a 10 gallon to be at optimum health (not to mention the bioload of that many creatures in a 5 gallon). Obviously I'm not a cray expert, but I've never heard of them being kept in less than a ten gallon.
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