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Old 05-28-2013, 12:54 PM   #11 
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Honestly, only schooling fish I would put into a tank that size would be microrasbora. Something like boraras brigittae.

Sparkling gourami and clown killifish are two more options.

However, all these fish are quite sensitive and do best in soft-neutral water so if your water is hard or your tank is not properly cycled I would not recommend them.

I have soft water.
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If you have soft water, I would look at killies. Basically the same personality as bettas (although they generally do best and live longer in cooler water) and they are extremely beautiful.

A pair of something like Aphyosemion australe or Aphyosemion striatum would do perfect in a 5 gallon NPT. If there are enough plants, I would expect you would also see some fry surviving.

Neither of these are annual killifish, so they have a lifespan of around three or so years I believe. They are also both good for those new to killifish as some of the species can be sensitive.
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If you have soft water, I would look at killies. Basically the same personality as bettas (although they generally do best and live longer in cooler water) and they are extremely beautiful.

A pair of something like Aphyosemion australe or Aphyosemion striatum would do perfect in a 5 gallon NPT. If there are enough plants, I would expect you would also see some fry surviving.

Neither of these are annual killifish, so they have a lifespan of around three or so years I believe. They are also both good for those new to killifish as some of the species can be sensitive.

Those are cute!
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Yep. I love killifish. Here's my australe male when I kept them. This was in a 6 gallon tank.

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I meant Red Cherry Shrimp to be many of them, not just 1.
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I meant Red Cherry Shrimp to be many of them, not just 1.

The rule of thumb I have always heard is 10 shrimp per gallon.
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That's a good number to aim for. You might start with less since if you keep them well, they breed nicely!
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That's a good number to aim for. You might start with less since if you keep them well, they breed nicely!
We are already planning on having a 3 gallon cherry shrimp farm. Going to turn my current plant snippings tank into that. I might just grab a 20 gallon long instead of another 5 gallon and go the sorority route.
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