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Old 10-06-2010, 06:16 PM   #1 
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5.5 Gallon

I sense I already know the answer to this, but...

Can I put a ADF in with Gyarados in a 5.5 gallon? If not, I totally get it and will be putting some shrimp in instead. I was just curious seeing as we're upgrading from the 2.5.
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:16 PM   #2 
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I would say yes. But ADF's are social and like groups of 3+. I had 3 ADF and 1 male betta in a 5 gal for a while. It worked, they like more room, but they were fine.
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:02 PM   #3 
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I don't think it would be a good idea. ADFs are social, and like to be in groups of at least 3-4. They need room to swim around and to get away from your betta.

Shrimps are the way to go for a smaller tank like that :)
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:44 PM   #4 
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Your Betta might start picking on the shrimp though.. I have even heard of cases where the shrimp started eating away some male Betta's fins
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Old 10-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #5 
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Ya my advice is not keeping bettas with other fish. Certain fish/bettas just don't mix well.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:08 PM   #6 
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You might try adding in a algea eater! They go well with Bettas
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:12 PM   #7 
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Eeh, you might not want an algae eater. The only truely compatable algae eater would be the small otto, but they need to be in groups of at least three which automatically means they don't work seeing as there wouldn't be enoug room in your tank, and are very fragile and don't do well in uncycled tanks.

Go for shrimps. If you give them enough hiding spots, and sink food for them daily, you won't have problems with bettas eating shrimps, or shrimps eating bettas.
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Old 10-09-2010, 04:22 AM   #8 
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Eeh, you might not want an algae eater. The only truely compatable algae eater would be the small otto, but they need to be in groups of at least three which automatically means they don't work seeing as there wouldn't be enoug room in your tank, and are very fragile and don't do well in uncycled tanks.

Go for shrimps. If you give them enough hiding spots, and sink food for them daily, you won't have problems with bettas eating shrimps, or shrimps eating bettas.

My betta Did'nt eat all the red cherry shrimp I had with him in my 8 gal.. But he sure did Nip at the 4 that died..

The rest got moved
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:17 PM   #9 
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I'd say maybe two ADFs in with your betta, three at MOST, because a 5g isn't that big. I've personally owned them before and they seem happier in groups of 2 or more. Just make sure they're getting enough to eat because they're blind and are slow eaters.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:08 PM   #10 
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Some people keep a pair of ADFs in a 5 gallon, and it seems to work well.

You could also get a few shrimp in there.
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