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Old 10-16-2011, 06:36 PM   #1 
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Housekeeper for betta in small tank (2.5g)

So I have 3 betta's each in there own 2.5g tank. Water is changed 2-3 times a week about 2/3rd of a gallon each time. Well there is becoming a buildup of stuff in the rocks that I would like to curb before it gets excessive.

What is a good tank mate that can live in such small confines given no active filtration?

And were not having a problem with the water clouding at all or buildup on the side of the tank's.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:40 PM   #2 
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Im pretty sure you could get a snail! :3
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:45 PM   #3 
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Im pretty sure you could get a snail! :3
Thats what I was thinking. I Guess worst case scenario I re-home them if they dont work out.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:40 PM   #4 
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you can get some shrimps :D i personally prefer amano shrimp because they clean algae and left over food plus they are big enough to find when you do water change. They do poop a bit more than red cherry shrimps and ghost shrimps though
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:18 PM   #5 
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well snails it is.. I have a golden snail in Sam's tank & Mystery snail's in the other 2 tanks. So far the betta's are leaving them alone, I was surprised that only one of the 3 even noticed its new friend.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #6 
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i don't think it's a good idea to have a snail in such small tanks. they still make messes, like anything else, and in such small tanks, the ammonia might build up too fast.... that's just my stand, though. maybe someone else can comment on that.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #7 
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The only thing is snails can be massive poopers. Also mystery is the same as apple, just different names.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:28 PM   #8 
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Just clean the tanks out, rinse the gravel once a week. Snails are major waste producers, so even though it would pick up the food, it would still produce waste to replace it lol Usually I'd recommend tank mates in anything over 5g.
This is why I do 50% once a week and 100% once a week, to clean out the gravel of poop or left over pellets I missed :)
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:22 PM   #9 
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I have a 5 gallon cycled tank with heater and filter, and planted. There is no clean up crew I can give him?
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Old 10-18-2011, 01:32 AM   #10 
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You are the clean up crew. If you have issues with algae shrimp can be helpful. Snails are nice for some tanks (esp in planted tanks). However if it's issues with gravel you need to clean it somehow... gravel vac is a good choice for a 5 gallon.
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