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Hey guys, as the title suggests, I have a Fluval Spec V (5G) that I'm in the process of cycling and planting.

I'm hoping to get an evaluation and/or suggestions for the current stock that I have outlined.

  • Chili Rasboras (~ 12 to 18)
  • Pygy Cories (~6)
  • Scarlet Badis (2 max)
  • Cherry Shrimp

The goal here is to have a schooling fish, one or two slightly larger fish for more character, a bottom dwelling fish and an invertebrate.

My only concern is color. With the Scarlet Badis, Chili Rasboras, and Cherry shrimp, I'm afraid that I'm going to have far too much red going on.

Of the ones listed, I think the Rasboras and the Badis are the only candidates for replacement as I can't really budge on the cherry shrimp (alternatives are harder to keep and much more expensive).

Any suggestions for another schooling fish and/or a larger fish?

Thanks for your help!

PS I know that msjinkzd is a dwarf specialist. Hoping she chimes in here otherwise a PM is on her way! :D
 

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I can't see 2 scarlet badis getting along in a 5 gallon tank - I had 3 in a 20 long, and they fought constantly until I re-homed 2.
Your stocking seems a bit high, I think that many rasboras swimming around would be a bit crowded, but I'll defer to others that have more experience with them.
Also, for the shrimp, start with just a few, they will fill your tank in no time!
 

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Thanks for the heads up statler.

I know this to be true with Badis Badis (blue) but I figured it was only a problem with 2 males. I definitely wouldn't trust 2 males in a 5G.

Chili Rasboras are very, very small. A dozen would be ideal and 18 may push it for aesthetics. As for bio-load, a single chili is probably the equivalent of a cherry shrimp, if not less.
 
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