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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-16-2020, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question Noob 6.5 gallon tank help

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I've recently purchased a biorb cube 30 litre (6.5 gallon) tank and need help stocking it.

The tank has come with plastic decor but I'm happy to buy live plants if that's the best environment for my potential fish.

I would like a variety of fish even if that may include snails or shrimp, that will happily get along given the size of the tank.

Can anyone give me some advice on which selection of fish & plants I can buy that go well together at a beginner stage?

Happy sending a bit to get my tank going & looking good.

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For a tank that size, you're looking at snails, shrimp, and nano fish like chili rasboras or celestial pearl danios. Fish under an inch-- I'd personally stay smaller than neons. Or a betta or a dwarf puffer.

For plants, the easy small plants for me are anubias, java fern, wendtii crypts, maybe dwarf sag if you're okay with it growing tall enough the tops float along the top of the water (I have some in my 5 gallon). Some stem plants like ludwigia, so long as you trim them as they reach the top. Java moss or subwassertang is nice--I prefer the subwassertang because it's not as messy and isn't so light it floats all over the place.
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There are many nano fish to choose from. Some of my favorites are Ember Tetras, Chili Rasboras, and Pygmy Corys. You can also go with some shrimp, or snails. Really it depends on what you are looking to get out of the tank. In my 7g, I have Embers, Pygmy Corys and a few shrimp in there to help clean up a bit.
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In small tanks like that I -personally- like to go with just shrimp/snails alone OR nano fish.
With Nano-fish In small tanks I like to go with fish that are NOT live-bearers-- so I am not overrun.

There are so many great shrimp to go with-- that would be my choice for a tank of that size. And, of course, some live plants.
But, with shrimp you need to really cycle the tank well and get a good layer of biofilm and critters so that they thrive. Plan on not adding shrimp for at least 6 weeks.
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