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Question 5 Gallon Stocking Help

I currently have a 5 gallon tank that I'm trying to make a stocking list for. As of right now I know I want to have
10-15 cherry shrimp. I have a small algae problem on my glass. I was also curious if there is any snails that will eat algae but don't reproduce in crazy numbers and work with Cherry shrimp.
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Have you thought of nerites or "mystery"? Nerites would be best for algae.

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Have you thought of nerites or "mystery"? Nerites would be best for algae.
Will mystery snails reproduce?
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If you have a female that has mated, she can store the sperm from the male for a while, or so I've been told.

I like mystery snails because they don't fully digesting food, which allows for microfood cultures that fry use, to grow off the undigested material.

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My worry is I will be over run by mystery snails in such a small tank.
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My worry is I will be over run by mystery snails in such a small tank.
I've had mine lay eggs, but they need to be left out of water, so they aren't going to hatch (I think, the ones were laid in the tank were just above the water line and sat there) I wouldn't put more than 1 in a 5 gallon anyway

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I don't know much about snails but I've had bumblebee snails and the worked out great for me (looked good, didn't reproduce).
For fish, I personally like:
- 3 cory cats. Very social and interesting fish.
- Some neon/cardinal tetras.
- A Yoyo loach (although it may eat snails if they're small).
- Some danios add excitement.
- true Siamese algae eater, will help with algae.
- glass catfish look great
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My worry is I will be over run by mystery snails in such a small tank.
Mystery snails lay their eggs above the water line. It's easy enough to remove the eggs manually if you're worried about reproduction. Nerites also don't reproduce in freshwater, but they can lay little white eggs on driftwood and on the glass of the tank. It's really up to you which problem you want to deal with.
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I don't know much about snails but I've had bumblebee snails and the worked out great for me (looked good, didn't reproduce).
For fish, I personally like:
- 3 cory cats. Very social and interesting fish.
- Some neon/cardinal tetras.
- A Yoyo loach (although it may eat snails if they're small).
- Some danios add excitement.
- true Siamese algae eater, will help with algae.
- glass catfish look great
You realize the OP has a 5 gallon tank...right?
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You realize the OP has a 5 gallon tank...right?
Yep, me too. I'm not suggesting he needs to add all of those fish but those are types of fish I've successfully had in my 5gal for years.
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Yep, me too. I'm not suggesting he needs to add all of those fish but those are types of fish I've successfully had in my 5gal for years.
Please don't advocate fish that are not suitable for the tank in question, doing so takes the topic of the thread into a downward spiral of arguments around what fish people "have" kept in a small tank, but probably should NOT have.

ex: Siamese algae eater = 6" in length = nono for a 5 gallon
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Please don't advocate fish that are not suitable for the tank in question, doing so takes the topic of the thread into a downward spiral of arguments around what fish people "have" kept in a small tank, but probably should NOT have.

ex: Siamese algae eater = 6" in length = nono for a 5 gallon
Exactly.

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Glasscat - 4"
YoYo Loach - 5"
Cory cats...maybe but really should be in groups of 6+
Danios and tetras...small but like some swimming room


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They will most certainly lay eggs on any dry surface above the water line that they can, you will be removing them frequently. I have several in a Fluval Spec V and there are new eggs under the top a couple times a week. They aren't very attractive either, kinda gross looking. And if you forget and let them hatch...you will have tons of mystery snails. If you don't mind constantly having to scrape eggs off, then go for it, otherwise stick to the nerites or other snails that don't proliferate like crazy.

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I’d suggest a single nerite as well. Looks good, helps cleanup. I have to make sure to keep it fed - the leftovers and algae that grows doesn’t always cut it.


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