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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Stocking for 10 gallon and 5.5 gallon

Both tanks currently have a single betta male in each. (Ignore the algae, it's slowly cycling out :/ )

I am waiting to add more plants to the 5.5 gallon for cover once the algae thins out a bit more and I have a quarantine tank cycling on the side at the moment.

I'd like to give the bettas some more stimulation as well as fill the tanks a bit. I know community tanks should be 10 gallons + but is there anything I can stick into the 5.5 gallon for algae control? I've had bad experiences with snails and would prefer to steer away from them.

As for the 10 gallon, just looking for some tried recommendations for mid-level and bottom-level stocking as for tips on introducing new fish. The video's and web articles I've seen have indicated to add the new fish after removing the betta and then reintroducing the betta fish.
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No to stocking in the 5.5. IME, a 5.5 is too small to add prey fish in with a predator. A snail is your best bet.

For the 10, a shoal of at least six Habrosus Cory. They are the true bottom-dwellers of the dwarf Cory. For mid-tank I would choose at least eight Ember Tetra, Chili Rasbora (or one of the other small Rasbora) or Pygmy Cory. I would add the Habrosus to see how your Betta does with bottom dwellers. If he is fine then add the others.

Add the fish to a darkened tank and leave the lights off for at least an hour. The fewer the plants, the longer for tank lights to be off. This is how I introduce with the best results.

And, as I'm sure you're read, always have a back-up plan.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-26-2019, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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I was unsure about the 5.5 gallon since there was some mixed reviews. I look into some snails but it will likely remain just Salem. &#x1f642;

As for the 10 gallon thanks! I’ll look further into those species before I make any decisions.

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