5 gallon planted tank stocking

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Chilirasberries

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I have a 5.5 gallon planted tank with blackish brown gravel with one bamboo shrimp and I want to give him some friends. But, I also want some fish. Would it be ok to have guppies (2) with shrimp? And how many more bamboo shrimp should I get?
Thanks!
 
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Chilirasberries

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I have just discovered that bamboo shrimp should be in a larger tank, so it would probably be best to get a different species. Any suggestions?
 

Warrior-Lady

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Hi
I have a 5.5 gallon planted tank with blackish brown gravel with one bamboo shrimp and I want to give him some friends. But, I also want some fish. Would it be ok to have guppies (2) with shrimp? And how many more bamboo shrimp should I get?
Thanks!
I've had a few 5 gallon tanks and my first was only 20litres and i had 2 red shrimp in their with a Ghost shrimp, chinese algae eater and a few guppies.

 

NoodleCats

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Yeah bamboo shrimp need a lot of flow, and need a much larger tank than a 5g. A 20g is minimum for them, they can grow to be 4 inches long. And they really do need the current in a tank to thrive.

So either rehome or upgrade, I'm afraid.


Fish suitable for a 5.5g:

Boraras species, say chili rasboras or such.
Sparkling Gourami
Asian stone catfish (need sand though)
Betta
Neocaridina shrimp
Ghost shrimp
Caridina shrimp (research their water needs though, many need RO)
Mexican dwarf crayfish (I actually really recommend)
A trio of male endler guppies only
Clown killifish
Scarlet badis (needs a particular diet)
 
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