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Old 11-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #1 
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Question Are shrimp and snails my only option for tankmates?

I have a 30L planted tank, currently home to one male VT (pics of the tank are on my profile). Once the tank is mature I'd like to add 3-5 ghost shrimp, or red cherry shrimp, I haven't decided yet.

My question: are shrimp and snails my only option as tankmates for a tank this size? Is there any other fish I could get?

I've been looking at both Tail Spot Pygmy and Dwarf Cory's, I think they are super cute and was wondering if I could add 3-4 of either to my tank... Or maybe some type of Tetra species instead?
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:28 PM   #2 
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30 liters right? that's a little less than 8 gallons? You could do a few pygmy corydoras, but make sure your tank is cycled first ! :)


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Yup 30 litres (I'm a New Zealander, we don't use gallons). Cool, I love the Tail Spots.

So 3 of those, 3 ghost shrimp and a betta should be OK?
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:40 PM   #4 
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Or 4 or 5 otocinclus cats. They eat algae and are really active in shoals.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #5 
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I've been told otos get too big for a tank the size of mine?
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #6 
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Pygmy or Hasbrosus Cories would work. Otos are nice but they are about 2" in size while either the the Cories only get about 1.2". Really, a group of any Nano/Micro fish would work. I have male Endlers and they're colorful and small.

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Old 11-07-2013, 09:23 PM   #7 
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I would suggest Otos in a minimum of 20 gallons- I've had them from 10-30, and they thrived in the larger tank And depending on your Betta's temperament, I would watch out for snails- one of my guys bit the tendrils right off!
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