TOP 5 NANO FISH Small Fish Tank Series NANO Aquarium FISH

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– What’s up Fishtank
People, Fishtanktv.com? Dustin’s Fishtank bringing
it to you on a Sunday, baby. How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re doing well. So we’re deep in the Small Tank series. I gotta tell ya, I’m
having an absolute blast. First we set up a five gallon, then we set up a 10 gallon. Tried to set up a 15 gallon, but every pet store in town
has given me runaround. None of them have them in stock, so we set up another 10 gallon. So now I’ve got one, two, three tanks with absolutely no fish in ’em. But you gotta creep on it, folks. You gotta take your time when adding fish, but it’s about time to add some fish. So here, it’s your Sunday. It’s your species Sun-, then we’re gonna bring you
my one, two, three, four, I got five on it, top five nano fish. ♪ I got five on it ♪ ♪ Grab yo 40, let’s get keyed. ♪ That’s right folks, I got five on it. Grab your tanks, let’s get keyed. Talkin’ about my number five nano fish. Now this is a fish that I’ve
never actually kept before, but I have caught them in the wild Peru. Yes folks, we’re talking
about the dwarf pea puffer. Now the reason we’re
talking about this fish, I’ve never actually kept this fish, but I feel like the Lion
King 10 gallon right here is actually screaming
for a dwarf pea puffer. Dwarf pea puffers come from India. They’re aggressive, puffers in general, fresh, salt, brackish, whatever
have amazing personalities. So I really think that just
a sweet little puffer fish swimming around in here
would be absolutely amazing. One of the things to note
about puffer fish is that they are aggressive,
and are not easy to keep with a lot of other fish which fine, because it’s gonna be a
10 gallon species only dwarf puffer fish tank. Now, the puffer fish
that we’re talkin about is actually coming from India and stays small and is true fresh water. However, yours truly has actually caught freshwater puffers as well in the Amazon. You can click the links around to see where I did catch a wild caught puffer. Truly awesome. What I’ve been told is that the puffers, they eat so much snail matter that they need something to
kind of wear their teeth down. So if you don’t consistently feed them a ridiculous amount of snails, you’re have to go in and do dental surgery on them and trim their teeth up. So, dwarf puffers, my number five, thinking about putting a little bit of a puffer fish in here. Let me know your thoughts, if
I should puffer this thing. I think it’d be ridiculous. Let me know. (hip hop music) My number four nano fish, we’re talking about a
apistagrammas, folks. That’s right. Dwarf cichlid from South America, in your face. Loving the apistagrammas. I fell in love in love with these fish way back in the day ’cause they’re great for a planted tank. They are a cichlid, but
they don’t tear stuff up. Like the puffer fish, these
were collected in Peru, however these were collected
on the Nanay River, a lower pH river, where we caught a slew of apistagramma
bitaeniata down there. You can click the link
and actually see a video I took while I was collecting these suckers in a puddle in Peru. Totally and amazing time. I’ve talked about ’em before. You can’t say Amazon and just think of one river where everything is from. The Amazon is made up of
thousands and thousands of different tributaries, pathways, tiny little rivers little bit
of cut off lakes, whatever. Which bring you all kinds
of species variation. This is great because this is
where apistagrammas come from. That’s why there’s so many
different varieties of pistos. They’re on their own little tributaries and the separate bodies of water produce unique types of apistagrammas. Additionally, apistagrammas
are easy to breed, and, generally speaking,
when a fish is easy to breed it’s easy to get a lot of
sweet variations of them. Enter apistograma cacatuoides triple red. As if the name apistograma
cacatuoides isn’t cool enough, check out this fish. Love the long fins, love the red, just a totally cool variation
that’s been developed because these fish are easy to breed. Note, apistos do like the lower pH though. That’s something you’re
gonna wanna watch out for. Another thing to think
about with apistos, however, is they are kind of a shyer fish. They do know they’re roll, so to speak, and I kept them in a 220 with rainbows. The rainbows were big rambunctious, like black lab dogs, if you will. Just all over the place. And they kind of out competed
the apistos for food. The apistos were a little too shy. So definitely a great nano fish ’cause you wanna keep ’em in
a small or more chill setting. A little bit lower pH. Where I collected them from,
it looked like basically mud. So, something to consider when you are thinking
about keeping apisto. Too many types of apistos to list, to do this species any sort of justice. Another one I’m fond of is
the apistogramma panduro. I actually collected
these, a few of these, while we were in the wild, as well. I also visited a wholesaler in Iquitos ran by Edward Panduro, who
this fish was named after. A couple other varieties
we’re checking out is the cacatuoides blue and the trifasciata, as well. Drop me a comment on your
favorite type of apistos. There are tons of them. Apistogrammas, my number
4 favorite nano fish. (hiphop music) My number three, my top five nano fish, totally switching gears from apistos. Don’t knock it till you try it, folks. We’re talking about fancy guppies. That’s right, folks,
guppies, come on, guppies. Super easy to breed, hearty, they come in every single
freakin’ color of the rainbow, it seems, and all kinds
of variations all around. The only issue that I even
remotely have with guppies, is sometimes if they’re over bred so much they have over long tails
and they can’t swim, and I just feel sorry for those fish. That said, this kind of breeding has produced some really insane fish. Guppies, you can get as fancy as you want. Spend a bunch of money, get some really crazy varieties
that have been bred a bunch. Or you can be that kid at the pet store that makes the person pick
out the feeder guppies that have a little bit
of fanciness on ’em, so you can get some cool
fish for only 10 cents. Keeping guppies is super easy. I found they like to be kept in just a little bit harder water, but they can live without a heater, they can handle the abuse that
a beginner might give ’em. They can handle big water changes. Like I said, they breed like crazy. I like to breed them with floating plants. I found a lot of floating plants really seems to help
guppies just get after it, for lack of a better term. So, totally having fun with some guppies. And I think that guppies would
look kinda sweet in here. I don’t know, let me know what you think. Couple guppies swimming around here, sitting on my desk, staring right at me, swimming all around. So, guppies, my number three
of my top five nano fish. (hop hop music) My number two of my top five nano fish, you gotta roll with the classics, folks, you gotta roll with neon tetras. Look, I been down to Peru, as I’ve said. I’ve collected fish in the wild. There’s a bajillion types
of different tetras. Neon tetras are one of the
top most colorful tetras. There are other colorful varieties. And I know, I hear what the
cardinal people are saying right now, “I like cardinals
more than I like neons.” Look, do what works for you. I will say this. Neon tetras, generally speaking, are easier to keep than cardinals. Cardinals require a warmer temperature. Neons can handle a little
bit of lower temps. They also like a little bit of higher pH, unlike cardinals, which like the lower pH. Generally speaking, most people have more harder water than soft. Me, I have harder water than I do soft. I do not try to battle my water. My water comes out a little bit harder and I run my tanks a little bit colder. Neon tetras are for me. They’re fantastic schoolers. Rachel and I talked
about this the other day. When you get neons,
folks, get a ton of ’em. Add slowly, but get a ton of ’em ’cause you’ll get this
really crazy little behavior. You can click the links around. I did a video on community fish behavior. But basically, when you
have a ridiculous amount of neon tetras together, the behavior is totally different. They can kinda like spread
out and be all over the place and have these tiny little
schools battling back and forth. Just super awesome. I kep them in college. Totally love ’em. Neon tetras, fantastic beginner fish. You can keep ’em in a small tank. Like I said, no heater. The only problem with neons is
when they go, they go quick. And speaking of not battling
your water, this tank, at one point, had about
100 of ’em in there until my wonderful county
decided to raise the chlorine levels after a big rain storm. That’s a big tip, too. If it rains hard, your
city might be adding more chlorine than you know to your water. I didn’t triple down my
De-Chlor and I lost ton of ’em. They went fast, folks. I miss my neons. Neon tetras, my number two
of my top five nano fish. (hop hop music) And my number one, my top
five, my top nano fish. Number one nano fish is a betta fish. Betta fish, Dustin? Yes. Betta fish, Dustin is saying. And here’s why. Fist and foremost, I was a history major. I love the history of
these little betta fish. They’re named after the betta clan in, like clan in the front,
♪ Clan in the front, ♪ let your feet stomp.
♪ let your feet stomp. ♪ They’re named after a fierce warrior clan. How cool is that? Don’t kid yourself. That’s awesome. Also, they were so popular with the fighting and battling and
breeding of these things, that the King of Siam, himself, actually taxed and regulated
the sale of betta fish, and the fighting, which
I think is pretty cool. Now look, I don’t think that
keeping male betta’s together and watching ’em is even remotely cool. Okay? And obviously, as you know, if you keep two male bettas together, they will fight and battle,
presumably to the death. That said, that breeding
and that popularity of the fish is probably why we have so many of them readily available today. They’re so easy to breed. Betta fish, you can keep
’em in a small container. The one thing with betta fish, and I’ve lost some because of this, is they do like a little
bit of warmer water. They like their water
above 75, if you will. I’ve seen ’em pound little
critters out in the greenhouse. This guy was actually out
in the greenhouse with me. So, betta fish, I’m lovin’ ’em. You can keep ’em in those little vases. They prefer, at least two, three gallons. They can almost run out of water, as long as they stay moist they can live. They’re actually labyrinth breathers, so they can breathe air. So they can handle the
abuse of of a beginner. The only thing I really question with them is just you gotta keep your
temps just a little bit higher. Obviously, don’t mix males together. But, betta fish, I love ’em. And the thing that I love
most about betta fish, and it’s the same thing I
love about koi, is this: You can get betta fish in
any single variety you want. Now I’m not saying you have
to like all betta fish, but I could see myself being that creepy old man when I’m older, where I just have a bunch of
different varieties all around. Because they’ve been bred so much, you can get any color rainbow. Same with koi, right? Every betta fish could
be unique, you know? You could pick out that specific one. Like this is the exact fish
that I want for this reason. I picked him out because
that’s the style I want. You can pick out a white one if you want, you can pick out a pink one if you want. They come in all different varieties. So betta fish are my number one favorite, top five nano fish. (hip hop music) And you can see the clip here
of me letting this guy go, of course he’s shy on
camera the first time. But I’m pumped to finally
get a fish in here. Note, this might not be the
final spot for this guy. I might swap him out if I do find my hands on some dwarf puffer fish. Do me a favor folks, let me know your favorite
nano fish and why. Maybe I’m overlooking something. I haven’t really creatively been around what to put in these tanks yet. I’ve got the betta fish in here. But he might move. I also got the five gallon over here. Not really sure, thinking the guppies, maybe the black live births. So I’d love to get your
feedback, your comments. Maybe like, “Yo dude, have
you thought of these?” And I’m totally missing something. Yeah, get excited. I got a lotta fun stuff ahead. I got a couple colabs comin’ up. I’ve also got a fantastic
fish room or village. I didn’t have enough time
to spend at a while back. So, if you like what I’m doing, subscribe. Bottom right somewhere. Everybody, have a fabulous freakin’ week. And tank on. Later. (hip hop music)

100 COMMENTS

  1. I adore nano tanks you can do so much with them … despacito is the best way always Dustin 😍😍😍😍 I want a dwarf pea puffer for my nano tank but they are so hard to find near where I live 😨

  2. As always great information. I did a species tank years back. I had a 125g with Firemouth's it was beautiful. I had about 60 at one time they too lay eggs like chickens. I have never been one to remove fry I let the strong survive. I started out with 20 after several years I sold all If my memory is right I think I had 63. I had a severe problem in the 1980's with fish keeping, I had so many tanks in my house I had to rent a location move all of this to that location and sold it all off except this 125g. Now I have a 55 with mixed Africans. I have a large collection of Abunia's that look wonderful. My question is: I want to find some snails that will be compatible with AC's and also with the 2 Pleco's I have. The reason I want the snails is to clean the algae in the spots the Pleco's cant reach and also will not eat the Abunia's.

  3. I just added Betta to my new 10gal.. I have for young male guppies in there and 4 armoured corydora. They all get on great.. Had three female bettas in there with him after three days he's paired and breeding in his mossy bubble nest so I moved 2 other girl bettas out. Quality fish! I'm gonna train him to jump through a hoop 😉

  4. Agree, for the most part, but do believe a neon should be in tanks 20 gallons or larger, but that's me. I also think the #1 spot should have gone to the least Killifish, Heterandria formosa, which really can do well in a nano tank. Glad you did post this!

  5. Dude, I have been waiting so long to see more footage of Robert Steinbach's place. Did you end up making a return trip, or do you just have other footage from the first trip that you never released? His style absolutely blows me away.

  6. After watching you for 2 years I finally ordered some plants. Time to get into planted tanks. Thanks for all the info and help homie. Go Steelers, 😉

  7. What can I keep with betta fish? I want to set up a planted tank and I love Betta fish but I think just the one fish wouldnt be great. Can I keep shrimp or other types of fish with them?

  8. Bettas are great, but with the important caveat that if you have a betta in a nano sized tank, you need to be willing to accept it being the only fish in your tank. This applies to female bettas as well as males. I see people experimenting with female betta communities, but my own experience is that it's always somewhat risky and never a guarantee that it'll work out. Female bettas get aggressive, particularly once they're used to their environment. Even females that get along for a while can suddenly shift their dynamic to one being a bully if she grows larger or if something in the tank changes. When keeping bettas, never just assume females will succeed in a community. Always be ready with the equipment on-hand to split them up into separate tanks if needed before you jump in and buy them.

  9. Pygmy Corydoras, they are an adorable, friendly, bottom dwellers with great personality. They work well with almost any fish that isn't big enough to eat them (even most Betta ignore them), and they are inexpensive.

    For the Tetra, I like green neons, they stay smaller, are shiny and gorgeous.

    I think Otocinlius are pretty fun too, and they will actually school with the Pygmy Corys, the key to keeping Otos is to keep them well fed and keep enough of them (6 at a minimum).

    Guppies are pretty awesome, as are Betta, I personally favor the short fins on my Bettas and short to moderate fins on my Guppies.

  10. My personal favorite nano fish are multies. I just recently started keeping these and have no regrets. The only thing is I prefer to keep them in a larger tank than most common nano sizes. I just like the big colony look and feel. I can't wait for mine to start breeding and getting a colony myself! 🙂

  11. "Don't fight your water"!? Dustin if everyone followed that advice there would be no reef keepers. While some aquarists fight their water to keep Discus, others must challenge it to a no-holds-barred death battle to keep their mixed reef! Heh ha.

  12. One of my very favorite nano fish is the black neon tetra because they glow fluorescent green in a black light WITHOUT being genetically engineered I've had plenty of freshwater fish that glowed in a black light naturally It's not a nano fish but firemouths glow in a blacklight also

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  14. When i was a kid i had a guppie tank, and one of them got pregnant. My dad went and got one of those things you put on the side of the tank for pregnant fish(i think, i don't breed fish so idk exactly where they put them). In the tank i also had a different larger species of fish, but i dont remember what it was. One day i woke up and realized the larger fish had jumped out into the breeding section since the water level was too high and ate all the fry. Kinda traumatic but funny now😂

  15. A betta might be able to survive in a vase (with the proper amount of cleaning), but it definitely isn't going to thrive or be very happy.

  16. I think I would go with:
    1. Rummy nose tetras
    2. Celestial pear Danios
    3. Spotted blue eyed rainbowfish
    4 endler guppies
    5. Pea puffers

    They are awesome, have had them all and I like the rummy nose the best so far, they seem to school a little better than the neon tetras, the Danios are gorgeous, the spotted blue eyed rainbow fish are amazing but smaller than most endlers but have the cool pectoral fins that extend past the head and can be colored, and then the various endlers are fun to breed and see what color variants you end up with. Pea puffers are awesome and fun to watch! Good luck

  17. Also, Gold Cloud Mountain Minnows are one of my favorite small tank fish, they are colorful and really hardy, also they get along with Neon Tetras and Guppies. There are so many awesome fish, it is hard to narrow it down to just five for small tanks.

  18. Here are my TOP 6 Most Pissed Off Fish…and My Top 5 Gangster fish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDko3e9iK88&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL

  19. Hey Dustin, been watching your videos for a while now, and your editing skills and the way you film has improved drastically. Keep up the good work.

  20. Forgot to name Dario Dario!! Most bad ass micro predator nano fish ever!!! Love ya Dustin, keep making the best aquarist videos bro.

  21. HERE are my TOP 10 Fish I collected in the WILD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKq3sSYRP3g&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL

  22. I am soooooo glad that you are telling people the WRONG INFORMATION about bettas. AMAZING that you are promoting abuse of fish. I SURE HOPE that you are just uninformed because, I mean, who would research how to care for an animal that they are going to keep. They ABSOLUTELY cannot live in anything under 2.5 gallons or else they will be miserable

  23. Here are my TOP 10 Fastest ways to kill your fish! (We've all killed fish) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6EEDUBnpt8&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL&index=2

  24. I've seen a catfish betta once at PetSmart….how did that happen? It literally had barbels and gills like a catfish

  25. Oh, man….THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR VIDEOS!!! Just the other day, I was thinking to myself "Hey, ya'know what I really want? I would LOVE to hear the same 2 and a half seconds of a song I like, but played over and over and over."

  26. The only thing about keeping nano tanks is they HAVE TO BE LONG, instead of tall, especially if you have active little fish like tetras. Some of the tanks pet stores sell are outright cruel for fish. Snails, dwarf frogs or shrimp might be fine in them, but fish are active creatures that need room to swim. I am sure I'm preaching tp the choir here.

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  33. I've never found dwarf puffers to be very aggressive, they usually leave whatever I put them with alone. And they don't have a proper beak so you actually don't need to keep giving them snails. I've even kept them in abundance with Celestial Pearls and Betta's with zero problems at all

  34. PISSED OFF SMALL AQUARIUM FISH: TOP 5 Most Pissed Off Petite Aquarium Fish
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkUMzI8oy4M&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL&index=19

  35. Bettas are the Kings with me. So perfect for this Lion King style tank.
    Have you seen the wild variations now? You can keep the females with these and both pop with color. (I know you have being a well-traveled person.)
    Guppies are really sweet for that five gal rock and plant scape. Lyretails rock too of these species.
    But either way, you are missing a cleanup crew. Otocinlus can live in harmony with a betta. (Even Bubba let them be in his five gallons.)

  36. TOP 5 MOST PISSED OFF TETRAS: Aquarium Fish That Need An Attitude Check
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZUlrYWa_nM&index=20&list=PLnw3D5LLGih14KD64PUgEp2JiFOZ1-kZL

  37. loaded the video and the "Whats up fish tank people" scared the living crap out of me. forgot i loaded the vid haha. Keep it up

  38. Top 5 BEST BEGINNER AQUARIUM FISH: Happy Mother's Day!
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  42. DUDE! Don’t spread misinformation about bettas!!! YOU of all people should know that they CANNOT live in vases!!! It’s horribly inhumane and they will suffer their whole lives in anything less than 2.5 gallons, and do best in ten!!!

  43. Great great video !!! Helped me out big time on which fish were best for a small fish tank . Decided to go with the neons like Dustin said when they sart grouping they do some amziangly wide things , That and the blue led light bring them to life . Thanks Dustin!!!!!!!!!!

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