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5.5g stocking

I'm planning a 5.5g planted tank and I was thinking about fish choices. I like the idea of a few smaller fish, some small bottom dwellers and maybe one bigger display fish.

Do bumblebee gobies do ok in a non brackish tank? and if so can they live wih shrimp?

As for the centrepiece fish would a flame or dwarf gourami be too big?

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After doing a bit more research on bumblebee gobies I've decided that they are probably not the way to go. They seem to fussy on foods, plus possibly fighting if I don't have many caves.

What are some small interesting fish that I could put in it?

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Daniel, i'm starting a 10" cube soon, which is approximately 4 gallons. Try looking here for good nano species https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...st-v1-0-a.html

I'm thinking about going with a school of Corydoras hastatus. Just do some research about some of these species, and I'm sure you'll find something you like!

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you could try some natives, blue eyes are quite small and attractive, as are threadfins.
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If you could get ahold of them, microrasbora and bororas sp. are awesome tiny schoolers.

flame gouramie is pretty big, maybe the sparkling or honey gouramie.
Dwarf corydoras, otos, and moth cats work well.

the BB goby would work most likely too.

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Dwarf cories, although small, like to swim and school around the tank. IMO a 5.5g would not provide enough room for their likings. I'd start with a 10g for them.

Blue-eyed Rainbow species generally get around 2 inches, depending on the species....so do not put them in a 5.5g. They are also pretty active fish. 20g would be my minimum. Threadfins grow to about 2 inches as well....they should not be kept in a 5.5g.

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I'm planning a 5.5g planted tank and I was thinking about fish choices. I like the idea of a few smaller fish, some small bottom dwellers and maybe one bigger display fish.
That is going to be hard in such a small tank. I'd go with some shrimp and maybe some Microrasboras (although thats a little small for them as well).

Small fish may fit in a small tank, but that doesn't mean its best for them. Schooling fish need their swimming room and I don't think its good to limit that.

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Any of the micro rasbora will do well in tanks of your size. In fact many experienced aquascapers use groups of 8-12 of these smaller species in 5 gallon tanks as not only can they be very pretty (Boraras merah) but it help creat the illusion of size in an aquarium. I would agree that the idea of having a combination of fish may not be the best idea. But 10 micros and some shrimp would work out wonderfully!
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If you know what you're doing, 6 microrasboras and some shrimp and a small oddball would be fine.

Cories, IME, don't swim as much as bettas even.

the dwarves should be fine in a big 5.5, they get stuck bachin in 1g betta tanks all the time.

Microrasboras may actually do best with a tank this size or around this size, as i believe most of them come from small remote pools and such correct?

in larger tanks i've heard they get timid, but i may be wrong.

If i were in your situation, i would get 7 MR, 4 Dwarf cories, and shrimps.

Alternately, endler's live bearer male only would do well.
if you include females you'll be culling fry once a week, and the fems are ugly.

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I like the look of the sparkling gourami would they be an OK option?

Could I have a Sparkling gourami, otocinclus catfish and some glass shrimp?
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absolutely, they are tiny.

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Sparkling Gourami's aren't that tiny if you know tiny fish... You could go with a 5 or so Boraras micros, Boraras maculata, or Boraras brigittae, and one Sparkling Gourami.

I really recommend Sparkling Gouramis. I love my little sparkly and it's probably my favorite fish (so far).


You're stocking sounds great to me but I would recommend RCS because they're just cooler than glass shrimp :-D.


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We dont have RCS in Australia at the moment, we have CRS and some other native cardinas, and the paratya australiensis (glass shrimp) already mentioned.


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How many glass shrimp would you reccomend. I was thinking around 3 but more if possible or less if it's too many. Should I only get one spakling gourami or could I do two?

sorry for all the questions, I'm new to planted tanks.

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IMO the tried and true Neon Tetras would be an awesome choice.
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Oh no, no neons.
they're both too big and too active for a tank smaller than 20 gallons IMO.

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