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This is a pretty great list! I agree; it should be stickied. I would just like to point out a few things. You recommend both endler's and feeder guppies in a 5 gal tank. Generally, it's better to try betta with tankmates in a 10 gal or larger. Even though these fish can be peaceful in the event of a squabble a 5 gal tank doesn't provide enough room to get away. My other problem is with the "gold gourami" recommendation. Gold gourami are actually a color morph of the blue gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus), sometimes called three-spot gourami. These fish aren't recommended in anything under 36" (90cm) as they commonly grow to 5" (12.5cm) and would not be suitable for even a 20 gal long tank. I have also seen multiple sites recommend against keeping these with betta as they will grow large enough to see a betta as food. Three-spot Gourami - Seriously Fish
 

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Also a nice fish i found that does good with bettas are dojo loaches Dojo Loach, Weather Loach, Chinese Weatherfish, Oriental Weatherfish, Japanese Weatherfish, Dojo, Amur, Gold Dojo Loach, Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Dojo loach-------30gal tank--- and atleast 2 but 3 or more is better
I realy like them with sorority tanks
They are really neat, but dojo loach (also called weather loach) are actually a poor tankmate for betta. They will grow around a foot long, need 50+ gal tanks, and don't thrive in tropical tanks. Keeping them at temperatures above 75F will shorten their lifespan. Not to mention a fully-grown dojo could easily eat a betta. DojoLoach (M. anguillicaudatus) at Loachesonline.com and WeatherLoach (M. anguillicaudatus) at SeriouslyFish.com

If you want a serpentine loach to be kept with betta, try going for a loach of the Pangio genus. Just make sure they are kept in groups of 6 or more and have lots of hiding spaces.
 

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Mo is right. The reason your dojos aren't growing as large as they should be is due to poor living conditions and bad diet. If you are going to keep a coldwater fish in tropical temperatures, you need to up their food intake or else they will starve to death. Fish metabolisms are regulated by the temperature. A coldwater fish living at tropical temperatures will need to eat more to maintain a healthy body weight.

Dojo loaches are raised for food, I hear. o_O
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They are a food fish in Asian because they get so big and taste like eels (mmmm unagi nigiri). They are also invasive in the cooler areas of the US and are illegal to keep in some states (not the southern states because they are not a tropical fish). I love the eely look, but the dojos I had with my goldfish took a liking to the goldfish's slime coats. I had to say good bye to them, but they went to another good aquarist.
 

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I don't think it is a good idea to keep a betta with other fish in anything less than a 10 gallon. In a regular 6 gallon tank there just isn't enough room for everyone to escape. The 6 gal long that Mo is referring to is the Petco Bookshelf aquarium. Length matters a lot for fish because they swim side to side more than up and down.

Now about the Rasboras brigittae (sometimes called mosquito rasbora). It is indeed a micro species that has the potential to live in a 5 gallon tank, but they are a very sensitive fish. They are not a good choice for a beginner. Especially because the smaller the tank the more apt it is to have wild parameter fluctuations which kill sensitive species such as this.
 

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Who do you think are good tank mates for my male vt in a 55 or a 30 gal. depending on which tank I put him in
It's going to depend on his personality, but harlequin rasbora are good. Some of the more thick-bodied and gentle tetra like X-ray teta, glowlight tetra, and head and tail light tetra are also pretty good. Just make sure you have large enough groups of these fish (10+) to keep any fighting within the group. They will also display their best colors in large numbers. Cory cats and otos are good. Kuhli loaches also work.
 
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