Split 2 way or just the betta and ghost/RCS shrimp or a snail.. the bio load would be too great for anything more, added to the actual size of the tank. It may say 6.6 gallons, but you have to add in substrate and such which will diminish it even further.
Originally Posted by TorchwoodMindfreak
Okay so I'm thinking of about three different options:
1) 1 male betta with about 5 pygmy cories.
2) 1 male betta with ghost or cherry shrimp and a snail.
3) Split between 2 male bettas and maybe ghost shrimp/ snails.
I really like number one and three. But still what do you guys think?
6 fish in a 6 gallon is overload.. way too much bio load, and not recommended.. why most experienced keepers here will tell you that you shouldn't add in another fish in anything under 10 gallons.. it's not just the size of the tank you are looking at.
Originally Posted by EvilVOG
i have a 3 gallon the style of the 6 gallon you're looking at. I keep my Male Betta, a mystery snail and a couple plants in it. he's pretty happy.
I'd say Maybe a male, snail, and a couple cories, or 2-3 females and a snail. Algae likes to build heavy in these little self contained tanks. With a plant or 2 or some resonable decoration to hide in.
2-3 females is not enough females, as 2-3 will rip each other apart and you will end up with one left, that would be hurt. A sorority needs to be larger and in a 10 gal minimum because they do need the space....
Snails have a huge bio load just on themselves alone- with snails in a tank you would have to do extra water changes- so having a snail, a betta and a couple of cories (which they do better in groups of 4+) is well over the limit for that tank.
It's a 6 gal, less with substrate.. as mentioned by others.. divide it by 2, or 1 snail, or a good colony of shrimps (shrimps have small bio loads, but make good betta snacks) is the safest way to keep that tank.. anything more and you risk causing harm with spiked chemistry at the least.