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Old 06-14-2009, 11:44 AM   #1 
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Question Tankmates for a 5 gallon tank?

What fish best get along with bettas, and how many do you thing I could safely house in a 5 gal. aquarium with a male betta?
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:52 AM   #2 
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A 5 gallon isnt all that big, so i wouldnt put anyone else in with him. Plus some bettas prefer to live alone. Some people have tried african dwarf frogs,corys,otos,but you need a bigger tank for them.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:57 AM   #3 
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Could I at least put maybe a snail in there to help keep the tank clean?
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:00 PM   #4 
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Hmm yeah you could try a snail..some bettas leave them alone lol...just watch em...
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:34 PM   #5 
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I think youcanm house two neons safely...But it really depends on your betta guy!
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:35 PM   #6 
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you can!* sorry
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:48 PM   #7 
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I had three neons in with my female in a 10g divided in 2, so it was 5g space but 10g water so it could be different. I would think neons would be alright but the problem is they like shoals of six or more, but like I said I had 3 and they seem happy and healthy.

What I would do instead is get 2 or three ghost shrimp, I know your thinkng "ehh shrimp are stupid" but they are lots of fun. I would rather keep my boy Tiny (the shrimp) than my 2 cories or my three neons. The ones at the store dont move much but once you get them settled at hope they are crazy little things. Mine swims with my fish, but can never catch up. And hes fought my betta for food (nicely of course, no damage). They are just lots of fun to watch, cheap, and dont take much room.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:44 PM   #8 
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haha. I have 4 ghost shrimp! And those guys are crazy! haha.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:47 PM   #9 
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I think snails need different water conditions than bettas. Lupin can correct me if I'm wrong.
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Old 06-14-2009, 01:56 PM   #10 
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I have a snail in my 5 gallon tank with Flair. My snail is very active and seems content.
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