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What fish for a 5.5g heavily planted UNHEATED tank

I have a 5.5g tank with moderate lighting and a small air powered filter. Tank had killifish in it as well as a dwarf African frog. The killifish have gone and I'm now wondering what to replace with. Thoughts included bettas but they require higher temps. Then someone suggested crayfish, but I fear that will kill the frog. He spends most of his time hiding in the giant baby years or under the mopani.

This tank is my 4 year old daughters pride and joy so I need something with at least a little color...thanks in advance



Also tank has fluval plant stratum for soil and that plus te mopani has given he tank a pH of 6.6 and 10gh, 7kh
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What fish for a 5.5g heavily planted UNHEATED tank

Sounds perfect for Endlers. Small tank, small fish, highly colorful! And, IMO, do pretty well in lower temps as well.

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Get a few White Cloud Mountain Minnows.
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Thought about he minnows all I have around here tho are those sold as feeders and I don't think hey are very well taken care of. Endless live bearers would do ok? Somebody said badis badis would work. Thoughts? Or a peacock gudgeon
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Scarlet badis (dario dario) or badis badis would be cool. I have no idea if the frog would bother cherry shrimp but if not, you could grab 6-10 and get a little colony going.
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What light are you running?
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I thought shrimp too but with all the baby years would I ever see them? For lighting I'm running a finnex fugeray
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Would a badis badis do well in a 5.5g
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The baddis sold here locally require live food. I think they also require a heater.
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I would get maybe 6-9 neon tetras. Great colors, small, and like lower 70 degree temps. Beautiful tank btw.
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Thank you. I've done neons and cardinals and every common tetra inbetween. Looking for something I've never had. A girl in my local club suggested I do celestial pearl danios. Would that he a good fit for a tank this size?? I love those. Anything that has a lot of colors, or patterning, or particularly that metallic shimmer
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For a little shimmer, take a look at sparkling gouramis.
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My fiancÚ likes gouramis. How large do thy get? Again I just want somebody to say something will fit in the 5g lol
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Just saw sparkling gourami tonight. They do stay small.
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I'll look into it
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