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Old 09-01-2011, 10:04 PM   #1 
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Anything that can live with a betta in a 2.5 gal?

I just bought my boy a 2.5 gal tank (he's not in it yet), and I was wondering if that tank size is large enough for tankmates. If so, what would be a good, easy-to-care-for pal? I think that a snail would be nice, but I don't know much about betta-compatible fish.
Also, I would like to add a live plant, preferably one that is also easy to care for and doesn't grow too fast.
Any suggestions?
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:06 PM   #2 
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My betta is in a 2.5 gallon.; Ive been thinking of getting a little moss ball in there! :D
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:14 PM   #3 
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A moss ball or some other plants are probably all that anyone will recommend given that 2.5 is the preferred minimum for a single betta. But moss balls are just as fun as fish! I named all of mine Ted. :)
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:15 PM   #4 
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A moss ball or some other plants are probably all that anyone will recommend given that 2.5 is the preferred minimum for a single betta. But moss balls are just as fun as fish! I named all of mine Ted. :)
I want to name mine Pete. Like peat moss? xD
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:16 PM   #5 
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A nerite snail would work great. They have smaller bioloads than apple snails, and they don't have the little antennae things that a feisty betta could nip at/off. Plus, they come in some really cool shapes and colors, like horned, zebra, tire-track, and olive.

Anubias nana stays really small, and you don't need anything remotely special to make it flourish. Perfect plant for anyone without a green thumb. They also have good leaves for the betta to rest on.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:32 AM   #6 
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I vote moss ball! I LOVE mine!
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:33 AM   #7 
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You can order a bunch of small ones and let them float or get a few big ones =] Or both!
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:11 AM   #8 
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The tank needs to be planted for the betta but as for mates.... No not in that size tank.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:36 PM   #9 
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I went to the store to buy some Anubias nana, but the person there said that they need filtration and fertilizer. I know that most pet store employees don't know squat, so I just grabbed a moss ball and left.
Could I put Anubais nana in a 2.5 gal though? I was sure that I could...
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:51 PM   #10 
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I have many Anubias varieties, including the nana, and they definitely do not need ferts or special lighting to thrive. I attached mine to a tiny piece of driftwood and decor with a rubber band and by the time the rubberband split and fell off, the each of the plants were attached. I literally do nothing for these plants, and they are propagating beautifully. I have the Anubias nana in my 2.5, and it works really well in that size tank. The marimo ball is also a good fit.

Edit: Though all of my tanks do have a filter, I don't think not having one would have an impact on either plant. The plant'll feed off the nitrates.
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