So I bought a 8 gal cube for my female betta. It's nicely planted, decorated with driftwood and all, currently left to cycle. After I put in treated water (the one I usually put in her 2.5g) I decided to put her there for a while to see how she likes the environment. As it turned out, she totally hated it. She's usually pretty inquisitive and likes to check out plants, wood, stones etc. But she got really agitated, swimming around frantically, attacking the sponge filter and bumping into the glass and lost her pretty purple coloration. She didn't display this behavior when I moved her from the 1g in which I recieved her as a gift into the 2.5g. When I put her back into her 2.5 she started acting normal again, checking out her favorite anubias nana and got her color back.
Seeing that putting her in my new tank isn't a viable option, I decided adding some other fish instead. Maybe a small school would do nicely? I have no experience with fishes other than betta, so I would like to hear the opinion of seasoned aquarists like yourselves. Please remember that I am kind of an aquarium noob, so the hardier the fish, the better
P.S. I tried to open the list in the nano fish thread, but it doesn't work.
I'm a big fan of white clouds, very active and distinct behavior. Very hardy too.
I was thinking about white clouds too, they are really pretty, but I understood that they prefer colder water. I'd also like to add some small cories as a cleanup crew, would they be ok at let's say 72-75 degrees?
72-75 is well within the range for both white clouds and mini Cory's including habrosus, pygmaeus and hastatus. 8 gallon tank should be able to hold a small school of each but not much more. How about amano shrimp? Great for cleanup and fairly hardy too can be kept in cooler water.
I have a school of harlequin rasboros and cory as well as 2 african dwarf frogs. Love all of them. Shrimp are on the to do list when we can afford them but if you do the neocaridina species of shrimp from reading on here they are extremely easy to take care of.
I also am fascinated with the red shrimp from Hawaii they need brackish to salt water but are so very awesome sounding. I'd like to have a tank of those one day also.
All of the micro rasboras look real nice.....but I actually just picked up some ember tetras. Cute little buggers! And if you have a hard time finding the smaller cories, bumble bee gobies are super cool as well. My 5.5 gallon has 6 ember tetras, 2 bumble bee gobies and 2 sparkling gouramis. I highly recommend all of them.