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Top dwelling nano fish?

Are there any top dwelling shrimp safe fish fit for a 5.2g tank?
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Chili or phoenix rasboras are good. I used to have some. Pretty cool little fish.

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Do you have a lid? Pygmy Hatchetfish might work. If you have any floating plants, some pencilfish might also hang near the top. Other than that, smaller killifish are good but will eat baby shrimp. I have some Amber Fin Lampeye Killies in my African nano tank and they barely move from the surface.
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Something I don't see very often are blackfin neon rasboras. I used to have a few in a 5 gal and they stay up on the surface and are really pretty little fish.


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Something I don't see very often are blackfin neon rasboras. I used to have a few in a 5 gal and they stay up on the surface and are really pretty little fish.
those do look nice.

@psalm18.2 , I kept a group of Emerald Eye Rasboras* that were awesome too. They grew to about an inch long an stayed at the top two or three inches of my tank pretty much 24-7. Pics don't really do them justice because they're not that colorful, but they have bright, jewel green eyes that sparkle and silver bodies that shine like a school of sardines when the light hits them right. I had a group of 15 and they stayed in a tight group, about the size of two D batteries, end to end.

*not to be confused with Emerald Dwarf Rasboras, which stay lower in the tank

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I keep clown killifish in my 5.6 gallon which has 18 inches of swimming length. I've also kept Norman's lampeye & Scheele's lampeye killifish. (Lampeyes are larger than clowns)

I had a single wrestling halfbeak in there for a time which wasn't incredibly active and seemed comfortable in that space as well.

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those do look nice.

@psalm18.2 , I kept a group of Emerald Eye Rasboras* that were awesome too. They grew to about an inch long an stayed at the top two or three inches of my tank pretty much 24-7. Pics don't really do them justice because they're not that colorful, but they have bright, jewel green eyes that sparkle and silver bodies that shine like a school of sardines when the light hits them right. I had a group of 15 and they stayed in a tight group, about the size of two D batteries, end to end.

*not to be confused with Emerald Dwarf Rasboras, which stay lower in the tank


The blackfin have a similar sparkle as the emerald eye, it's just through the body. Love those little fish!


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And all these fish are shrimp safe?

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Look up Pseudomugil Furcatus Pseudomugil Gertrudae,Pseudomugil Gertrudae AruII, or threadfin rainbows (Iriatherina Werneri) Both smaller fish that could do well in a smaller tank.

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Look up Pseudomugil Furcatus Pseudomugil Gertrudae,Pseudomugil Gertrudae AruII, or threadfin rainbows (Iriatherina Werneri) Both smaller fish that could do well in a smaller tank.
I have, they eat shrimp.

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Look up Pseudomugil Furcatus Pseudomugil Gertrudae,Pseudomugil Gertrudae AruII, or threadfin rainbows (Iriatherina Werneri) Both smaller fish that could do well in a smaller tank.

Gertrude's rainbowfish are really active & zippy, not sure they'd be a good fit for 5 gallons.

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And all these fish are shrimp safe?

Clown & lampeye killifish won't bother adult shrimp in my experience. I currently have a breeding population of cherry shrimp in with my clown killis.

Halfbeaks are feisty though, not sure I'd trust them with shrimp. I wasn't keeping any shrimp when I had one.





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Most omnivore, will try to eat anything that can fit in its mouth. I currently quarantined 6 cpd from my shrimp tank when i saw them hunting shrimplet. I didn't believe it until i saw one of them snatched a shrimplet from aquarium glass and eat them. Well, that's the last shrimplets they're going to eat
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I love the clown killi fish photos. But the sites say minimum 20g tank.

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Seems like I'm going to try and find some clowns.

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I have some clown killifish in a 5g. You need a good cover cause they are jumpers. Lost some that way. They won't eat adult shrimp, but will eat babies for sure.
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