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This may not be an idea for beginners, but you know those small 5 gallon tanks…. I’ve recently come across several species of nano fish. See some for sale here. One that really jumps out is one of the nano rasboras – phoenix rasboras. They’re pretty colorful and max out at under one inch long. There are quite a few other kinds of nano size fish out there and some might just be good inhabitants for a smaller tank. (You certainly don’t want to put them in with anything much bigger or they might become snacks…)


It really puts a point on the idea that there are many more fish that can survive in a home aquarium than you will see in your average pet store. There are several varieties of the micro rasboras worth looking at.

The big problem with trying these in the 2.5 and 5 gallon tanks that are commonly sold is that ammonia can still go out of whack quickly in a small tank like this (especially if you have plants in and are not very watchful. That much said, small fish like this or fry from a larger variety (or invertebrates) are pretty much the best uses for these smaller tanks unless you’re looking for only plants in your tank.

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March 8, 2011 - 9:53 PM
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