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Stocking my 4.75 us gallon tank

Hi, I'm having ideas of stocking this tank but I think I need a second opinion.
I was thinking shrimp (CRS or cherry), chili rasboras, a Betta and maybe a nerite snail.
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Nice tank!

First question, how much do you want to be 1) keeping and 2) breeding the shrimp?

If that is important then skip the betta. There are plenty of bettas that won't necessarily eat all your shrimp, but pretty much every one will harass the shrimp and definitely eat the fry. The shrimp behavior will be different as a result.

If shrimp is just a bonus then you can keep the betta and the shrimp together. If going with shrimp and fish then just go with the cherrys. The CRS will not go well with the higher temperatures needed for the betta and general water quality issues will likely be an issue as well.

The rasboras its kind of the same story. Your betta will definitely harass them but so long as he/she is not really aggressive it will probably be ok so long as there are not too many. A better option for this kind of setup would be a 10 gallon as there is not a lot of swim space in a cube. For that reason you would probably be better off with just picking 1 fish species and going with it, but what you described can be done with lots of caveats concerning the need to be absolutely ontop of your water changes etc.
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Nice tank!

First question, how much do you want to be 1) keeping and 2) breeding the shrimp?

If that is important then skip the betta. There are plenty of bettas that won't necessarily eat all your shrimp, but pretty much every one will harass the shrimp and definitely eat the fry. The shrimp behavior will be different as a result.

If shrimp is just a bonus then you can keep the betta and the shrimp together. If going with shrimp and fish then just go with the cherrys. The CRS will not go well with the higher temperatures needed for the betta and general water quality issues will likely be an issue as well.

The rasboras its kind of the same story. Your betta will definitely harass them but so long as he/she is not really aggressive it will probably be ok so long as there are not too many. A better option for this kind of setup would be a 10 gallon as there is not a lot of swim space in a cube. For that reason you would probably be better off with just picking 1 fish species and going with it, but what you described can be done with lots of caveats concerning the need to be absolutely ontop of your water changes etc.
Thank you so much, I think I will end up skipping the Betta then. I was thinking 10 CRS and breeding would be a bonus that I will probably try to achieve. The rasboras may bother the fry but there are many hiding places (beneath plants and throughout rocks) that I don't think it will affect shrimp population too much.

Would amanos be necessary for keeping algae controlled or nah, because if they are, I would be on board since amanos are adorable tbh
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So cherry shrimp will eat algae but not nearly as much as an amano. Snails are also good for this. 1 or 2 amano shrimp and/or 1 nerite snail will help a lot in the algae department.
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So cherry shrimp will eat algae but not nearly as much as an amano. Snails are also good for this. 1 or 2 amano shrimp and/or 1 nerite snail will help a lot in the algae department.
Thank you for the help!
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If it were me, I'd go shrimp-only or Betta-only. Boraras brigittae will need more swimming room than a small cube can provide. I'd say 8-10gal minimum for those little guys - or maybe a 5.5gal Fluval Spec because it's relatively long for its volume.

But shrimp would be ideal in a tank like that. 10 bright Red Cherry Shrimp (RCS, not CRS - which are Crystal Red Shrimp) would look amazing in your tank. You'd have tons of them in just a matter of months.

Would also add a couple Amano shrimp and some snails.

What are your water parameters?

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My experience with a nerite was that it climbed out of my tank over and over again. Many times I found it, recently I didn't. I don't know if they all like to play above the water line, but mine did. Rimless and no lid seem to be a bad combo for them.
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