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  1. I am a newbie attempting a 5 gallon planted tank for my high school science classroom! I thought it would be fun to keep track of the progress...because I know there will be ups and downs. And, if this works out, I've got big dreams for a planted 20 gallon long with a corydora fleet...so, we shall see! 🤗 The set-up includes: 5 gallon Marina LED Aquarium kit (came with the S10 filter, a lid with an LED light, some cycle bacteria, water conditioner, tropical flake food, and a cute lil' blue fish net) Unknown driftwood pieces Fluval Stratum (the 4.4 lb bag was perfect!) Plants from the Co-Op (Golden Anubias, Nana Petite Anubias, Wendelov Java fern, Coffeefolia Anubias, and Red Melon Sword) 25-watt Marina Submersible Heater Velimax Static Cling Total Blackout Window film (for the back glass) I'm also using: Seachem Prime Water Conditioner Easy Green Fertilizer from the Co-Op API Master Test kit 24 hour mechanical outlet timer Digital thermometer Aquaclear Foam and Biomax inserts - slowly transitioning my filter over to become a HOT ROD y'all! 🚙 I am currently working on cycling the tank...and I've attached my data and doings so far! ] The water at school has a pH of 6.8 out of the tap, and for some reason my tank keeps creeping acidic...maybe it's the driftwood? Anyway...SUPER pumped that the ammonia is on the way down and my nana petite's little baby leaves are unfurling and looking great! I do have some dusty black stuff on the golden anubias and the java fern...I think it's substrate dust? Or, maybe black algae? I originally super-glued my java fern...but it's breaking free! So, I'll probably pull that out and see if I can tie it to the driftwood with some thread tomorrow. Any suggestions/thoughts/ideas are welcomed!! Hope this was slightly interesting! 😅
  2. I have a Fluval spec v (five gallon) with amazon frogbit, water spangles, red root floaters, and "Windelov" Java Fern. The instructions for Easy Green state: "We recommend having between 20ppm and 50ppm of nitrates in your aquarium from dosing Easy Green for optimal plant growth." Using the dosage for a low light aquarium (once a week), I have 0 nitrates and I've never even seen nitrates in this aquarium. Should I bump up to twice a week?
  3. My rescue betta is currently in a 5G but I finally was able to get ahold of a 10 gallon for him and I want to make it planted my substrate is gonna be eco complete(unless someone has a better idea) I want a hairy carpet and some more center piece plants attached to wood and rocks and some planted In the substrate so what and how many would you do of plants I found a photo of what I kinda want it to look like
  4. Hi. I have read the latest newsletter feature on 5 gallon stocking ideas. Great article as always Irene! Im interested in your thoughts on white cloud mountain minnows as they are beautiful active little fish. How many would you suggest in a 5 gallon tank and would it be different if they were the long finned, gold or traditional variety. Thanks guys in advance
  5. So I kinda rescaped my 5 gallon today. It had about 8 inches of JUST HORNWORT and I knew I had to make some changes. Here is my tank before I took the hornwort out. Note- I hadn’t taken picture of my tanks in a while so the hornwort was ALOT worse. And here is my new scape and plants Please give me your thoughts on my tank and please give it a rating from 1 star to 5 stars and what I should do to make it better. Current fish and inverts Five Golden White clouds About 9 ghost shrimp (Probably more because there was is female with eggs. 4 Pygmy cories (I actually think 2 of the females have eggs because they are BIG) And finally about 30 Ramshorn snails
  6. Hello everyone, Greetings from upstate New York, My name is Joe and I am new to the hobby. I’ve had my tank for about two days now and am excited to start this adventure. I am open to all sorts of ideas and look forward to learning as much as I can. I am blessed that a good friend of mine was nice enough to set me up with my first 5 gallon tank. He walked me through the process and did 90% of the work but explained it all in great detail. He strongly encouraged me to join the forum and started a new hobby for me. I look forward to learning , growing, sharing, and enjoying my time with any and all of you. I was given (sorry if I mess up names I’m terrible with that) 2 Ember Tetra, 1 Neon Tetra, 2 guppies (males), 1 Khuli Loach, 1 Amano shrimp, 2 Neocaradina shrimp, a couple corkscrew vallisneria, a couple of Dwarf sagittaria, and a cryptocorynes plant.
  7. I have gone down the nano rabbit hole. I was planning a 10g shrimp tank but now want to do two 4 or 5 gallon tanks. I saw a few rimless tanks and the prices were not horrible. The "bending" options (curved glass corners in the front, no silicone joint) look even better and work for my office setup where I'll usually be at an angle. I am trying to find one that goes back about 10" (width) to get more distance front to back for aquascaping. ANd if thats not picky enough, I prefer the low-iron glass. I've looked at ADA, Mr Aqua, Up Aqua, UNS, and Do! Aqua. The bending are very rare (Up Aqua and Mr Aqua) but 7-8" wide. I would probably prefer to get one that is closer to 10" and give up the bending. Am I putting too much value in the distance from front to back? I see 2:1 length to width, but I tend to prefer a bit more width. Are there others I should look at?
  8. I got my hands on a Marineland Portrait 5 Gallon Aquarium on sale! It's an all-glass, rimless aquarium. I did NOT like the base that came with it (what were they thinking?!?), so I put it on a piece of thick rubber mat. I decided to do a betta tank out of it. I followed Cory's advice from a video he posted to YouTube and set aside the media that came with it and hotrodded it out. Seeded it with well-cycled media (sponge and bio-balls) plus a base layer of substrate from an old setup underneath some Peace River gravel I had left over from my other recent scapes. I'm not quite sure the light that came with the tank will be bright enough, but I used plants that are SUPPOSED to do well in low light setups, so we'll see how that goes. Since bettas prefer lower light tanks, it should work well in that way at least. My other tanks are unheated (we keep our house warm enough year-round that even at night in winter, I'm finding they don't drop below 74 degrees F), but I put a heater in this one to keep it a bit warmer for the betta. Don't want him getting cold. The hardscape is locally sourced rocks that I tested for safety, and bits of small driftwood (that's already growing a layer of biofilm slime). Plants are: 2 bunches of Ludwigia repens 2 bunches of Hygrophila siamensis 53B (tissue culture, so it's VERY short right now, but already growing just since I put it in 2 days ago!) 1 Anubias nana petite (itty bitty baby one that split off when I was working with one going into one of the other tanks) 1 Bucephalandra wavy green 1 Cryptocoryne parva 2 Crypocoryne tropica Red Root Floater (1 section) The Ludwigia is readily visible, as is the Bucephalandra and the Crypt parva, and the nana petite is in the foreground to the left, but the others are small enough that they're currently hiding in the hardscape for the moment. No doubt that will change soon, especially with regards to the Hygro. One image is shot from the front. The other shows the tank from one end to show the placement of the plants that are behind the rocks and in amongst the wood. The Ludwigia is still in the weights and all that they came in. I want to see how it'll do under the light in this tank before I tuck it individual stems into the gravel. The third photo shows the itty bitty baby nana petite. I have no idea if one that tiny can survive and grow, but we'll see. I love trying out different things and seeing how they do. I put a ramshorn snail in there today. That will be the only inhabitant of this tank other than the betta. The betta is part of a fish order I'm expecting later this week. Looking forward to receiving him and getting him situated.
  9. Hi all, I have compiled a list of fish that I am considering putting in my 5 gallon aquarium that I'm setting up. I thought it would be interesting to see what fish other forum members think of my choices. Please feel free to poll on the fish that you think would do well in a 5 gallon. Please feel free to comment on any of the fish or to add any good options I left out.
  10. Thinking of tank mates for my betta whos in a 5 gallon
  11. Hi all, recently I was at one of my LFS when I saw they had a nice selection of different species of shell dwellers. I have seen these cichlids online but in person they are just so much more colorful and I find their behavior fascinating. I really want to keep these fish but I have a problem, currently I have 2 tanks 1 community 29 gallon with soft watered fish, and a 5 gallon that I am currently putting together and getting cycled. So my question is this would it be alright to put a pair or trio of any of the shell dwelling cichlid species in a 5 gallon or would it be to small.
  12. So, my tap water has a PH of 8.0. My betta and snails seem ok, but the neo shimp that have been in for many months (since Dec 2020) have gone from 11-13 to just 2 in the last 2 weeks. No bodies except 1 I found behind the tank (I assumed the mystery snail is eating them before I see a body, until I found the dried up shrimpie behind the tank). Now, I don't know if they are crawling out and dieing or dieing and being eaten. I thought I should try to address the PH in case that is why they are dieing or crawling out (ammonia, nitrates, nitrites all 0, tank has been cycled for almost a year). I bought some Seachem Acid Buffer, but I am nervous of using it. I have a planted tank btw, plants are all alive and ok, but not thriving, and growing extremely slowly. Any suggestions on how to safely use the buffer and get my 5gal back to a safer ph. Looking to get the ph closer to 7.2-7.4
  13. The tank came with a 3x3 square sponge pad for bio media I'm adding a few layers of 9x9 coarse pads for extra media to put behind the false backing along with a 25w heater hiding everything..I also got a fluval plant 3.0 led nano to replace the stock lighting. Ive read to cut diamond shape holes in the tubing to allow extra flow behind the wall so the warm water gets less stagnant. I'm planning on doing that or a whole different idea being take the false wall completely out and get a nano hang on back filter..cant decide yet any suggestions? Whats going in the tank so far is 1x micro sword,Vallisneria,amazon sword and down the road when its cycled a beta and afew small undecided little guys I'm currently looking up in forums and doing some research but if anyone has any links or just ideas that might help I'd appreciate it thanks
  14. I have been keeping a single pea puffer in my five gallon for the past few months, and as I continue to learn more talking to other fish keepers, it seems like there’s a lot of controversy about the setup. Originally the five gallon seemed like a good choice because of several YouTubers experienced in the hobby suggested it in a five gallon & with one fish there’s no aggression issues and a lot less that could go wrong, but other hobbyist have pointed out that they are a shoaling in fish the wild. So, I’m curious where you guys stand on the issue.
  15. Hey you wonderful folks, If you were going to scape a 5g aquarium for a betta and were to pick plants from Aquarium Co Op. What plants would you choose? I am working on setting up a new tank for a dear friend to have her first fish buddy. I do have about 8.8 lbs of fluval shrimp stratum on hand I was thinking of using. Not only because our water tends to be hard here, but because I just want to get rid of it as it has been under my bed for about two years. The color is brown. I also have quiet a bit of dragon stone available to be used also, mostly brown in color. So that should make up the hardscape. I will be getting her a co op sponge filter. So with all that being said how would you imagine an aquarium with fluval stratum and dragon stone? What plants would you go with for a complete noob that are available on the Co Op website 🙂 I know its not the biggest selection but I like spending my money with them. I am hoping to keep plant cost under $150. Plants that I have readily on hand that I am overflowing with and can use include: water lettuce, red floaters, frog bit, dwarf sagitteria, and pogo. oct. And I am sort of leaning towards crypts to be perfectly honest too. Just fyi.
  16. I started a topic related to Rice fish in a 5 gallon. However I am now wondering if Killifish would be a better choice. Here are my questions. What type of killifish would do best in a 5 gallon ( I am thinking gardeneri or orange australe) Could I have 2 a male and female in a 5 gallon or would they fight. Anyone have hands on experience with this? any advice or anything to watch out for.
  17. Hi all, I have a 5 gallon aquarium lying around that I have been wanting to use. I recently read about rice fish and am wondering if I could do them in a 5 gallon? If so how many? Thanks
  18. Hey guys I have been wanting some ideas for a five gallon aquarium. All my stuff is arriving tomorrow so I will be able to start cycling. I would be looking for some bottom feeders and middle or top fish. Thanks
  19. Looking to set up a small 5 gallon. Wondering what i can put on there. Thinking maybe a betta and some shrimp, Pea puffer, Or maybe breeding mystery snails. Any thoughts?
  20. Hello everyone. I started getting into this hobby last spring. It's been a lot of fun learning all of the different aspects of keeping and maintaining an aquarium. And while I'm still fairly casual about it for now, in the future I do plan on getting more into the hobby in the future with multiple aquariums. I have my five gallon pea puffer tank pictured here. Looking forward to continue to expand my knowledge on the hobby 😀
  21. Hi, I just wanted to share Captain Blueberry's finished tank. I got him shortly after getting my first ever pet fish (also a betta), and I've had him for a little over a month. At first he was really shy but now he is always exploring his tank! I think he has even grown a little since we got him! He has a Fluval Spec V 5 gallon and a fluval m heater. He originally had fake plants in his tank, but now he has anacharis, a floating moss ball (from Aquarium co-op), anubias, and frogbit. Blueberry's favorite hobbies are eating, attacking frozen bloodworms (even though they arent alive!! 😂), laying on whatever he can in the tank, and exploring his little cave. Me (and my parents) can't watch him without laughing, he is always doing super funny things!
  22. So I'll confess to somewhat of an impulse buy - a 5 gallon aquarium that was posted locally. I always wanted to do a nano planted shrimp tank so this was my opportunity. I seized it! I had some Fluval stratum leftover from mixing it with eco-complete in the 33 gallon, so I decided to go ahead and use that. It's not quiiiiite as much as I would like but I'm hoping with the displacement of the hardscape it'll end up perfect. I am a little concern about possibly creating an algae nightmare but with it being a planted shrimp tank, I think it'll be ok. They'll be well fed and the Fluval with help lower my naturally higher pH well water. I could add about 4 otos, especially if algae becomes a real problem, right? Anyway, tomorrow I will be picking up some rocks and driftwood. I ordered some fancy botanicals from a LFS that were on sale - coco-curls, almond leaves, pods and banana stem. I'll transfer my anubias on cholla to the shrimp tank when it's set up. I'm still undecided about other plants. This tank/light set up has approximately 33-34 par at the bottom so be limited to low-medium plants. I'm not planning to do CO2 injection. Scarlet temple and wisteria are doing well in my 33 so may try to propagate some of the former for that pop of reddish colour and wisteria help compete with algae. I know shrimp love moss so I'll try to find and incorporate that too. Planning to add Frogbit to provide some coverage. TLDR: I got plans for this nano tank! Here is photo from day 1. I'll update as I add!
  23. Hello everyone! This journal is going to be for my 10 gallon aquarium and 5 gallon aquarium. I will start off by saying I built these aquariums to get my girlfriend interested in the hobby. I think everyone here can agree that the hobby is better when you are able to share it with those that you love. What I ended up doing was showing her different style aquariums online and she chose some that she liked. She also chose the fish and shrimp she liked for these aquariums. I will start with the 10 gallon aquarium. This aquarium was started October 2019. The initial tank setup is as follows: Lighting: 20” Finnex Stingray Filter: Aquaclear Substrate: Organic soil capped with gravel Plants: Vallisneria ordered from Aquarium Co-op & Dwarf Sag Decor: 2 small Seiryu stones, Top Fin Resting Buddha ornament & some river rocks I superglued together As you can see, I started off with very little as I know just how fast these plants can grow from my prior experience. 2.5 Month Old Aquarium At this point I decided to have some fun with carbon dioxide just to see how fast these plants can really grow with a soil substrate. 3 Month Old Aquarium: Carbon dioxide really made the plants grow and be this very beautiful bright green color. 4 Month Old Aquarium 6 Month Old Aquarium At this point I removed the carbon dioxide system as I no longer needed that much plant growth. 8 Month Old Aquarium Yes, the aquarium is 8 months old but still does not have any fish in it. To be fair, these were unprecedented times. 1 Year Old Aquarium Lucky Bamboo has been added as well as a lantern ornament. Lucky bamboo was planted with the roots into the organic soil. 1 Year 2 Months Old Aquarium The original vision of the aquarium is starting to finally take place.... still no fish. 1 Year 3 Months Old Aquarium Yes, you are seeing that correctly, there are now fish in the aquarium 😂 Neon tetras first day in the jungle. Present Day, about 1 Year 6 Months I added some background lights to compliment the scape. Lucky bamboo is starting to grow more full. The aquarium is very stable, I never clean the glass on this aquarium as it hardly grows algae. Every once in awhile I have to remove some val as it sends runners all over the place. So that is the story so far for the 10 gallon, thank you for reading! Now onto the 5 gallon....
  24. My son has a 5 gallon tank that was in his room. Unfortunately, it was mostly forgotten up there as we don't spend much time up there, so I've relocated it next to my normal tanks and added some plants from my other tanks. He is a bit discouraged by the past several months of it, but I think a new spot will help significantly. He had a Betta in there before, and he may go back with another one. However, I want to give him the option of a few other fish. I've got the following to consider: cherry shrimp, betta, celestial pearl danio, clown killifish, and neon tetra. Any suggestions on my list, or anything else to add?
  25. looking to buy this aquarium I am just wondering if there are newer meta tanks or is this vintage I believe the slate was replaced to glass anyone have any knowledge with these old vintage aquariums. The seller is selling for 10 bux cdn if this is a real vintage meta it is a steal from what I know the only thing is that it has a small leak which is no biggie for me to reseal.
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