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Old 10-17-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
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Conflicted about 2.5 gallon


I will be getting a 2.5 gallon hopefully soon. I can't decide between these two stocking options! Help? Any suggestions would be great!

1.
-m/f dario dario
-CPD's or micro rasboras
-shrimp and snails

2.
-pea puffer, female preferably
-shrimp, depending on temperament


For both I want soil/peat/kitty litter capped with sand. I want a really fine sand that is actually soft, not the coarse stuff. What type of sand is cheap and fine?
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:34 AM   #2
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Shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp.

How about pool filter sand?
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:40 AM   #3
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I like pea puffers and shrimp, although the shrimplets will be tasty snacks.

As for schooling fish, you would need to keep a small school, and it would have to be the only thing living in your 2.5

Keep the footprint small, as it's a small tank.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:57 AM   #4
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Keep the footprint small, as it's a small tank.
And remember that just because you can keep it in a small tank? Doesn't mean you should.

Puffers typically need 5-10gal at a minimum to thrive.

Even Boraras brigittae need more than 2.5gal, though they can certainly live and be okay in the tank. While a dozen of them would still look small in the tank, they do best with more swimming room.

Your best bet is shrimp.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:12 AM   #5
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Go for the shrimp. I have 3 pea puffers in my 8 gallon & can't imagine how well it would work in a 2.5 gallon. Keep in mind I have random plants scattered & floating *not scaped really* so they can explore & also to get rid of there aggression
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:14 AM   #6
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Shrimp and snails They can be pretty and active and fun to watch, while still being 'OK' in the small footprint.
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Another vote for shrimp and snails. My original plan for my 3 gallon was shrimp & small fish, but I added the shrimp first to let them grow a bit. Now that I've had them for a while, I've decided to keep it just shrimp and snails. The shrimp are so active when kept alone that you don't 'need' the fish, and their load is so small that a bunch can live and breed in there just fine with less maintenance than overstocking it with fish.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:05 PM   #8
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Shrimpies!

Amanos and some amazing colored neos.

If you want something bigger, dwarf Mexican crayfish -- bright orange!

Then some pink ramshorn snails.

Very colorful tank, variety of motion and behaviors and no sad fishies.
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Sounds good to me actually! I would like crystal reds (cardinia) and fire reds (neos) together, though crystal's may be a bit out of my league. Also, are cpo's possible once the shrimp start breeding?
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