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What tankmates are good for my veiltail male betta fish in a 5.5 gallon tank?  

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  1. 1. What shrimp?

    • No shrimp is best, something else
    • Ghost Shrimp
    • Amano Shrimp
    • Cherry Shrimp
  2. 2. What snail or fish?

    • Endler's Livebearers
    • Ember Tetras
    • Neon tetras
    • Mystery Snail
    • Kuhli Loaches
    • Nerite Snail
    • Something else


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Yup, like @JamesB says, everything other than Kuhli loaches could work. Whichever one you choose depends on what you want them for, what you like, and what you're willing to take care of. Remembe

I looooove my nerites!!! I've also tried shrimp...I think a bigger shrimp would be preferable.  So, maybe Amanos would be best?  I've got my school Betta (Spritz) in with my Short Nose Algae Eate

@Catfish_Lover_Jane I encourage you to start a thread in the Photos, Videos, and Journals Topic about your betta tank. I would, and I'm sure lots of other members would love to see your progess in thi

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6 minutes ago, Catfish_Lover_Jane said:

I have a nano sponge filter and a heater and overgrown water lettuce, gravel, anubias nana, dwarf chain sword, and a hammock and feeding ring.

I don't have a siphone hose yet. How much are the fish in total?

Then your filtration should be enough. Dwarf habrosus cories (we don't have them here so this is a logical guess based on videos of the Co-Op) are usually around $4-5, and pygmy cories (in my area) are usually $3-4 a piece. Nerite snails will be around $2 and under.

Get a siphon hose it will help tremendously with aquarium maintenence.

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Hi, I really like ACO's Pogostemon stellatus "octopus", given enough light in my 5.5 gallon it grows quickly, densely, and looks kind of like vallisneria when it reaches the water's surface. Hornwort, and anubias nana petite, are also really good.

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Java Fern can always get big, but you can always trim it. I have a red melon sword in my 5 gallon, and its been going fine. (swords are also a tall plant) 

Some plants that are taller and bushier to fill in the gaps in the tank.

Dwarf Sagiteria also wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Well...

Moss is usually really cheap, and very easy to care for. I've found it at like $3 beofore. It doesnt grow tall though.

@FlyingFishKeeper did mention horn wort which will grow tall, and is usually fairly cheap. Its VERY easy to grow. You can propergate it floating or planted in substrate.

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Water sprite can also be a great alternative too, in the "TEENY TINY Ideas for Your Nano Aquarium" there was a really dense "forest" of pearl weed that looked really good. Hornwort is definitely one of my favourites too. It can get fairly "melty" when you first get it, although in the short time I've had it I haven't really noticed it. I also really like finding a mix of stem plants for the background since I get to play around with textures and colours. 

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On 4/9/2021 at 4:55 PM, Catfish_Lover_Jane said:

I made a budget of 40 dollars and the rest of my money I am saving up. What would be good?

Sometimes Petco has online sales where if you spend $50 they will take 25% off for store pick up orders.  

Some people resale their tank supplies on Craigslist and Offer up for cheap.  

Our betta enjoys having plants and a little house as well as our Corydoras.   Looks like you have a good start of plants so far.  

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