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Who could live in here? 1 gal tank

So, I just moved to Austin, TX from Los Angeles, and I have gone from having four 10 gallon tanks to none. My girlfriend had an old tank, I think it is about one gallon, maybe less. As soon as we moved in, I set it up. It just has a little UGF for filtration and a 4w "nightlight" bulb, or a very little incandescent. I put a few java ferns and an anubis nana in it, but I'm sort of at a loss for what could live in there. Do you think a single betta would do well in there? Or some shrimp? Something else? Give me some ideas. Thanks guys. Here are some pics.

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personally i dont recommend keeping betta in anything smaller then a 2.5 gallon. Despite popular belief they need room to swim.
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You could do shrimp but even that's stretching it.


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Maybe a few shrimp... just maybe.

You'll probably want to look into different lighting options if you do, incandescents put off a lot of heat and it is probably making the water boil.
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That's kind of what I expected.
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Bettas will be fine. Pro breeders keep theirs in much smaller containers for most of their lives.

Would he be happier in something bigger? Sure. But he should still be able to live a long life.

If you do go with a betta, I highly suggest the addition of a Marina C10 heater. It will keep the water temperature from fluctuating and keep in in the prime range for bettas and unlike other "betta heaters", it does have a built in thermostat to shut it off once the water reaches 78F.

You can also do shrimp in that without issue. The biggest concerns will be water temperature changes from the lighting. I'd suggest sticking with Neos.
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Red cherry shrimp would probably be okay. They're hardy shrimp so they can withstand the fluctuations of a tiny tank better than most other shrimp.

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When I ran that tank with a fairly open lid and CF lighting it was too warm a lot of the time. Only in winter, when the house was not warmer than 68*F would I need a heater, then only at night.
Be very careful about heating that tank!
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Bettas will be fine. Pro breeders keep theirs in much smaller containers for most of their lives.

Would he be happier in something bigger? Sure. But he should still be able to live a long life.

If you do go with a betta, I highly suggest the addition of a Marina C10 heater. It will keep the water temperature from fluctuating and keep in in the prime range for bettas and unlike other "betta heaters", it does have a built in thermostat to shut it off once the water reaches 78F.

You can also do shrimp in that without issue. The biggest concerns will be water temperature changes from the lighting. I'd suggest sticking with Neos.
most pro breeders who keep them in fairly small containers (im thinking barracks and talking american breeders) still have 2 gallons or so of water and very good filtration systems for the fish. Bettas will survive in small tanks but that's not really thriving. Personally I think it is somewhat cruel, kind of like keeping a dog in a small bedroom, it will survive but not be a good thing for it.
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Thanks for all the advice. I've never had a tank so small so I really had no idea what options existed. What about just a snail of some type? Something interesting but not too large.

The room it's in is underneath the AC so it's usually pretty cold in there, but I don't know what the temp in the water is. I would think it's in the mid 70s. But it might go up and down with the light coming on. I guess it might just become a plant tank.
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You could put a few nerite snails in there - they'll stay small and won't reproduce, and some of then are pretty.

I wouldn't put a betta in there either. It's just too small and the dimensions (tall and skinny) suck as well.
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Thanks for all the advice. I've never had a tank so small so I really had no idea what options existed. What about just a snail of some type? Something interesting but not too large.

The room it's in is underneath the AC so it's usually pretty cold in there, but I don't know what the temp in the water is. I would think it's in the mid 70s. But it might go up and down with the light coming on. I guess it might just become a plant tank.
Hi there ~
Nice placement of the tank , I could do my business and look at the fish
Anyway 1-2 Endlers livebearer could live in there ,
They're very tiny and quite hardy

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Every flush is exposing a vapor or spray that is setting up a disaster for such a small tank.

Consider a HOB or canister with a UV sterilizer and some peace lilies or philadendron, diffenbachia, zebrina or other wet root loving, aerial leaf plants.
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