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Help Make a 5 Gallon Stock Options List


Hey all,

So I see lots of people asking about 5 gallon aquariums on many forums (myself included), and have personally been asked may times. So I decided to start compiling a list from people who do nano aquariums. Please note this is not a thread about the ethics of a 5 vs a 10. This is simply: these fish or invertebrates will work.

Now I have two apistogrammas listed that I have been told her will work. Are there any others? Or any other you would like to add to the list?

I would love to append more fish, and also a collection of plants that are recommended. The fish here have been qualified with a bunch of people over the last few years, or a lot of effort I have over on fishlore. I would love to get some additional feedback here, since there is usually a different viewpoint here.

What can go in a five? Many, many options. Many of which will start arguments. This is a list that people have been successful with. It’s not a guarantee but it is a place to start.

  • Endlers (males preferably, add a female and you had best e selling a lot of babies all the time)
  • Dwarf Mosquitofish / Heterandria formosay
  • Guppy
  • Fancy Guppy
  • Betta
  • Licorice Gourami
  • Green Neon Tetra (not really green)
  • Ember Tetras (debated)
  • Scarlet Badis
  • Celestial Pearl Danios
  • Chili rasboras
  • Dwarf Rasbora / Boraras maculatus
  • Mosquito Rasbora / Boraras brigittae
  • Some types of Killifish
  • Dwarf Puffer
  • Asian Stone Catfish
  • Smallest Gobbies
  • Lamprologus Ocellatus; (use caution and watch for aggression)
  • Neolamprologus multifasciatus/similis; (use caution and watch for aggression)
  • Apistogramma wapisana; (use caution and watch for aggression)
  • Apistogramma borellii; (use caution and watch for aggression)
  • Cherry Shrimp (all varieties)
  • Crystal Shrimp (all varieties)
  • Ghost Shrimp
  • Amano Shrimp
  • Spiki Snail
  • Pond Snail (beware)
  • Nerite Snail
And nearly everyone one of them can and will start an ethics argument. Remember there are additional concerns when doing this such as: water temp., water type, water quality, plant levels, ground cover/substrate, etc.


A. angayuara, a species which, as far as I know, has never been imported and possibly extinct because its biotope was buried under a dam.

Dude that sucks. I think I will leave that one off the list. Lets give any surviving he best chance possible.

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