Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Seattle, Washington
Newbie requesting fish ideas for a 5 gallon
I'm relatively new to the hobby (about a year, but I now have 7 tanks of various sizes), and I'm looking for some stocking ideas for a small tank. One of my tanks, a 5 gallon tank that has been going strong for nearly a year, may have space for more fish. Currently, 4 cherry shrimp and 3 bee shrimp live there. Its former fish inhabitant, a pea puffer, moved to a different tank. Now the 5 gallon seems awfully empty. I would like to add either a small school of small fish or one or two interesting non-schooling fish.
For plants, the tank has a large clump of java moss, a few ever growing but regularly pruned strands of nara grass, 2 crypts of unknown species, some small swords, and 2 java ferns. Ammonia and nitrites are at zero, and the nitrates are under 5 ppm. I do weekly ~50% water changes. Here in Seattle, the water is extremely soft, and I don't add any kind of buffers, calcium, etc. to that particularly tank.
The only requirements for any new fish are that they must be small, they must be able to tolerate soft water, and they must be peaceful toward adult dwarf shrimp. It's not a shrimp breeding tank, so juveniles don't concern me.
Fish I've considered so far are white clouds and Rasbora maculata. I'd like something other than otos, guppies, or Endlers, and I'd also like something that will swim predominately in the mid to upper level of the tank.
If anyone has ideas for such a small tank, I'd be glad to hear them. Thanks!