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Old 04-03-2003, 09:54 PM   #1
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Inhabitants in my 5.5?

I have a 5.5 gallon tank, planted. It is cycling, but very close to being finished. My birthday is in two weeks, and i am getting some tank goodies. They include a Hagen CO2 system, driftwood, plants of my choice, fish of my choice, and most likely a python gravel cleaner.

I ask you guys, is there anything i dont want in my tank. Right now I have Asian Ambulia, Anacharis, some Ludwigia, and two zebra danios. I will most likely remove everything but the Asian Ambulia, but I will get a red plant of some kind.

My thoughts are- Glossostigma, Rotala Macrandra, Asian Ambulia, Didiplus Diandra, and Wisteria. For fish I want to get two more danios, but how many tetras can I get. Will 6 be too many for such a small tank. If so, I will keep my two danios and get 6 tetras, although my danios would like some company.
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Old 04-03-2003, 09:57 PM   #2
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Forgot to say I want either a SAE, otto, or a pleco (I know he will get way too big, he will be traded in everynow and then)
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I'd vote for the oto's. Get at least three though as they are a schooling fish and often do not do well alone.
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I say go for the Otos just keep an eye on the water parameters, IMO, they are not the most hardy of fish. (Efficient filtration is essential.)
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SAEs get pretty big too, mine are. Go Oto in 5.5.
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Old 04-04-2003, 04:20 PM   #6
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Well, that is pretty obvious that ottos are the best pick, how many other fish can I get, and do i need three ottos?
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Old 04-04-2003, 07:16 PM   #7
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No, you don't NEED 3 Oto's, that's just a "rule of thumb" because they are social fish and like to hang out together.

Another "rule of thumb" is 1 inch of fish per gallon (for FW setups).
You can bend this rule if you have good filtration and do regular water changes, religiously.

This is just what I would do (obviously, you can do what you feel like doing);
You have 2 Danios = 2 inches. 6 neon tetras or 2 more Danios will be OK but I, personally, wouldn't get all 8. Maybe 1 Oto but that is where I'd stop.

I hope this helps.
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Old 04-04-2003, 08:58 PM   #8
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I got two ottos and another danio, I think I will get four tetras, or something
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Sounds like a good choice...

I guess all that is left for us to do, is wait for your pics.
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Well, you want some pictures, I got one for you.
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Looks awesome...
I love the looks of a well planted tank.

If I had to guess the size of the tank, there is no way I would have guessed 5.5 gallons. I probably would have guessed 20G.
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Old 04-05-2003, 09:16 PM   #12
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Yeah, I really like the looks of it. It sits next to me when I am on the comp. I planted the glossostigma the correct way since taking that picture, and all the plants have settled, and the tank looks real good. I love it.
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