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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2015, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Willie is a male betta in a 5gal, heated and filtered tank. Currently he has ghost shrimp as companions(which I have confirmed as ghost shrimp, not a macro shrimp). BUT Willie is very stressed because he hates the little guys, because one of them chases him. The shrimp doesn't hurt Willie at all though, just kind of chases him. Willie won't leave the one corner in the tank. Anyways, I would like to have some sort of scavenger to clean up my tank. What are my options?

Edit: Forgot to mention, the shrimp are always swimming up the sides of the tank and going around like crazy. Is that normal?
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I always thought betta's would attack and eat ghost and other smaller shrimps..never heard of a shrimp chasing after a betta...odd
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I always thought betta's would attack and eat ghost and other smaller shrimps..never heard of a shrimp chasing after a betta...odd
He does chase Willie alright. It is weird
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Ever think of a African dwarf frog or a khuli loach?
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Will they be fine in the tank size/temp(80degrees) and eating the betta food?
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Temp will be fine, but both would require sinking pellets, they're cheap and affordable though!
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And they'll eat up what betta pellets sink?
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They should, but I highly recommend and advise you also purchase sinking pellets
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Will they be fine in the tank size/temp(80degrees) and eating the betta food?
Stocking can be rather limited in a 5 gallon. Snails are one of the easiest 'cleanup crews' in a small tank. They do a great job keeping things both food and algae free.

Khuli loaches should be in a 20, and need to be in groups, and I think AFD have some specific feeding requirements, though they're fine space wise in a 5. Here is a great thread on ADF care.

Now, I'll admit I had some khuli's in a 10 for a long while with no problems. But they were still smaller and it was rather heavily planted. I'm not sure I would keep them in a 5 though. They have some very active moments and can get up to 4 in, so you'd have to upgrade eventually.
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Stocking can be rather limited in a 5 gallon. Snails are one of the easiest 'cleanup crews' in a small tank. They do a great job keeping things both food and algae free.

Khuli loaches should be in a 20, and need to be in groups, and I think AFD have some specific feeding requirements, though they're fine space wise in a 5. Here is a great thread on ADF care.

Now, I'll admit I had some khuli's in a 10 for a long while with no problems. But they were still smaller and it was rather heavily planted. I'm not sure I would keep them in a 5 though. They have some very active moments and can get up to 4 in, so you'd have to upgrade eventually.
I used to have one by himself ( even though its not recommended) in a 7 gallon heavily filtered with no problems
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