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Old 12-09-2005, 11:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fish appropriate for nano tanks <5g?

I have a small acrylic aquarium I am planning on buffing the scratches out of and turning into a planted nano tank. It's approximately 2 gallons (I can't exactly calculate it because it has square sides and a bowed front).

I'm going for heavily planted with at least 3 different varieties of plants.

Plant selection will depend on what sort of lighting scheme I can cook up, but fish are another story. Red cherry shrimp are very likely, but what sort of fish can comfortably live in that sort of space?

My fiance likes the look of glowlight tetras. I am leaning towards small and colourful, and the glowlights aren't bad, but as schooling fish, would they be appropriate, either alone or in a smallish school?

What else is a good option, if there are any fish at all for a tank this size?
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Endlers may be a good choice for a small tank as would some of the Micro Rasboraras such as Boraras maculatus and B. brigittae. The Rasboraras can be hard to find so Endlers may be a better bet.

Here's a link for a small Aquarium: http://translate.google.com/translat...l%3Den%26lr%3D

I had it translated by Google so if the translation doesn't work, do a Google search on Boraras (yes, I mispelled it on my Google search...you can use the proper spelling and get even more results) and it is half way down the mis-spelled link page. His tank is a 3g and I'm guessing ours is one of those 2.5g bowfronts
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Another fun fish would be the Badis Bengalensis. They're pretty curious and will explore everything in their environment. I'd think Endlers might not be a good choice if you're looking for a school... B. Brigittae and B. Merah would be better choices.

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Some of those raspboras are rather nice. This is going to be a little "showpiece" type tank in the living room, so I want to get something my fiance and I both enjoy. I'll have to ask him his opinions on the raspboras.

I don't particularily need a school of fish. I was just wondering if the glowlights were appropriate at all. One or two fish is just fine.

I might not even have fish at all, but if I do decide to include some, I want to know what can live in a small space like this and be comfortable. Livebearers aren't the greatest option for me, if the fry survive in the tank and I end up with more fish than I wanted, I really wouldn't have anywhere else to put them, so if I chose a livebearing species, it would have to be limited to two females or one fish.

What about Trichopsis pumilus, the sparkling gourami?
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Take a look a these nano fish... http://www.franksaquarium.com/nanofish.htm



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Take a look a these nano fish... http://www.franksaquarium.com/nanofish.htm
There was just the lemon raspboras there.

I'm still looking and trying to make a list of appropriate fish. It'll be a while before I even have the nano tank running, and I won't be adding fish until I sort out the plants anyway.
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I would not try to put a school of fish in a 2gal, no matter how small. I tried a single male Endler's in my 2gal and he was extremely unhappy in there, so I opted for a fancy male guppy, which is working out great. A badis-badis could work, or of course the ubiquitous betta.
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I have several nanotanks that are planted and love the fish that are in them at this time. Shrimp are obvious choices and you can keep more than 6 as long as they are some of the smaller species. I've also kept Rasbora maculatus in a group of 8 in a 2 gallon tank. It's really amazing how small these guys are and how well they disappear in the tank. If the tank's plants are thriving, you could keep more, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it. 6-8 is the max i would think about keeping the tank your size. I've also kept a pair of dwarf Bettas in a tank, Betta coccina. Really beautiful fish and they stay small. You just need to cover the tank VERY well. Mine jumped out of a gap between the filter and the cover.

Although I really like the Badis species, most are too large for a tank that size. Badis bengalensis has been recently reclassified to Dario dario. Badis badis is a close relative, but gets too large for a nanotank. Dario dario (scarlet badis) do better in a larger tank - minimum of 5G in my opinion. The males can get quite territorial and aggresive and kill other inhabitants. Dependins on the plants and the number of hiding places, you could keep them in that tank, but the other fish need places to hide.

Another fun species to keep in nanotanks are the cories. Really nice little fish. These are best kept in groups of 4 or more since they're social fish. They behaviors show best in larger groups, but a group of 4 is more than enough for them to display their behaviors.

Lastly, a really nice species to keep in the planted nanotank are the licorice gouramis. If you can find a pair or trio, they are some of the prettiest fish when they get ready to spawn. These guys hide a lot, so heavily planted tank is a prerequisite.

Hope that helps some.

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for small <5g tanks, I would look at fishless (cherry shrimp), rasbora maculata, dario dario, or killies.
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Another fun species to keep in nanotanks are the cories. Really nice little fish. These are best kept in groups of 4 or more since they're social fish. They behaviors show best in larger groups, but a group of 4 is more than enough for them to display their behaviors.
I'd have to disagree with you about suggesting cory cats for a nano set up. Unless you are meaning to suggest Corydoras Pygmaeus, they would be fine, but many of the other Cory species get far too big for a nano tank... Bronze and Albino Cories get almost 2" or more in length and Brochis get larger than 3" sometimes 4". Pygmaeus would work though, and as a species they do not restrict themselves to the lower strata of the tank, so that would be cool.
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