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Old 02-10-2013, 05:31 PM   #1 
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Tank mates for 2.5 gallon?

I have a 2.5 gallon heated/filtered tank with one female betta fish in it. It's planted and has lots of hiding places.
I was wondering if adding a snail or a few shrimp would be pushing it?
And if not which snails/shrimp are the best
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:32 PM   #2 
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if ur betta doesn't eat shrimps, a few cherries will be nice
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:42 PM   #3 
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My betta has never been around shrimp so I'm not sure.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:09 PM   #4 
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then the snails will have more chances at survival!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #5 
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anything i should know about them? can they survive on eating algae wafers?
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Snails survive on leftover bits of food from your fish, and algea.

But personally, snails have a pretty high bioload and 2.5 is usually recommended for just them.

Personally, I'd go buy a couple ghost shrimp from the petstore (since they are really cheap), see how your girl does with them, and if she doesnt bother them I'd switch over to a more expensive kind if you'd like, like Red Cherry Shrimp.
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if you have lots of plants, snails shouldn't be a problem, infact they will help with tank cleanup and feed the plants. I never feed my snails. they survive on left overs.
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I wouldn't put anything in less than 5g. Snails are a lot messier than people give them credit for. Even in a 5g extra changes will be needed.
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #9 
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Hmm getting mixed signals about the snails.
Do shrimps also do well on left overs or should they be supplemented with food?
How many shrimps should I start out with?
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Marimo Moss Ball! My girly loves it. (:
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