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Fish choices...

I'm looking for good fish for a 5 gallon tank. It'll have some plants in it, but I'm not sure what yet.

Any relatively easy to find fish are what I'd like as I'm limited to PetSmart for my fish. The nearest LFS is over an hour away.

So, anyone got a favorite fish okay for a 5 gallon? I'd like moderate activity level, not fish like my Serpae tetras who hide most of the time...

36g-- 2 female axolotls// 10g --3 6" axoltols (Dirty/blue gill lucy (rehoming)) // 40 gallon breeder -- 4.5 inch Painted Turtle // 29 gallon -- 1.5 inch painted turtle //

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A Betta fish will be good for your tank

Bump: Or Boraras maculatus, pigmy corys... You have a list of small fish at the top of this section
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Yeah, I've been looking over the list. I just wanted some suggestions as to which would be best for the tank.

I'd love the Boraras maculatus but petsmart doesn't carry them, I'm afraid. I like Ember Tetras as well but again there's none at PetSmart. Really wish someone would get around and put a real pet store up here... Maybe I will one day And I've never really like bettas too much and never have had any luck with them for some reason

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And lyretail delta guppy?
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Beta male. You can pet them and feed them by hand too. Not scared of anything.
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PetSmart carries male Endler guppies. Also neon tetras, nerite snails, ADFs, and regular guppies(both male and female). German Blue Rams. SOMEtimes male Apistogramma cacatuoides. Otocinclus sp. What was the problem you had with bettas? Bettas need heaters, filters, food and, water changes. Just like any other tropical fish.
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A nice pure Class of endlers would look good in the tank


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Sparkling gouramis are my go-to for tiny tanks. Kinda uncommon at Petsmarts though.

I always thought a bunch of Otto would be fun for a 5gal. Just gotta keep up with their appetite for greens.

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Never seen Trichopsis at any of my PetSmarts. I'm jealous, lol. The fanciest at any I visit is Apistogramma cacatuoides, Threadfin rainbows, and occasionally Celbes rainbows.
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You might consider ordering your fish online... I've had good luck ordering from The Wet Spot in Portland, OR. Invertebrates by Msjinkzd usually carries a good selection and is also a TPT sponsor.

I don't think Petco will carry many of the micro fishes, I've never seen them there either.



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There is a sticky in this section with a nano fish list. I went through it a while back and there are lots of great ideas.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=31095

I have a 9g and just stocked with Rec Cherry Shrimp and Fire Ember Tetras. The tetras only get to about an inch long and like their name suggest, are a bright red/orange and add a nice pop to the tank.


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I am really enjoying my clown killifish...they are in a heavily planted, minimally filtered tank with the remaining red cherries, and they are eating all the daphnia that pop up and figured out flakes right away. Just beautiful, they stay in the upper half of the tank and watching them hunt is fun.
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A nice pure Class of endlers would look good in the tank

This is what I plan on putting in my 4.5g. Great looking fish and their cheap and easy to care for. CPD's would be another favorite but you won't find at petsmart.
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