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  1. I took down a 29 gallon tall tank I had setup. The substrate was gravel and sand on the bottom with a few plants. They never grew well, possibly due to the tanks height and weak lighting. The nitrates had risen to around 80ppm even with regular water changes, but it doesn't help that our tap water has 40-50ppm already. The fish were not doing as well as they should be and one tiny cory had died. Above are the test strips for both anoxic tanks, the top is the 20L the bottom is the 5.5 gallon. I moved 4 mystery snails and 6 neon tetras to the 20 gallon long where they joined our 5 black neons, 7 Julii corys, a betta, and 2 snails. The 20L was my first anoxic test and is running at under 20ppm nitrates, zero nitrites and ammonia, very hard, low KH, around 6.8pH, around 340ppm on the TDS meter. It has a slow plenum under gravel filter, an intank filter, and an airstone. It has some basil growing in the top as an experiment. I clear the center duckweed every other day, I just slide the foam dividers together and scoop it out. The top is a foam box with a reflective fabric made for hydroponics boxes this helps get the light onto the tank. The cutouts are terrible, I should have made them before I assembled it, but they work. I can tilt them to open them up and let it breathe. Now onto the nano tank with essentially zero nitrates. It's a 5.5 gallon with 6 green corys, 2 female guppies, and a mystery snail which all came from the 29 gallon. It uses a slow moving plenum, an intank filter, and an air stone. Its currently around 350ppm on the TDS meter. I filled it 75% with the old tank water the rest fresh, along with the plants, a big rock and a tiny section of the old tank's filter sponge. The next day I drained 25% and used water from the 20L anoxic tank and added the small pot which has a few scoops of the 20L substrate. The nitrites and nitrates registered for the first 3 days and have been clear for 3 days now. It has a deep bed of Safe T Sorb over an under gravel filter made from plastic fabric that has 7 holes per inch. I pushed the UG plate to the back so I can see inside a little. This picture isn't to scale, but the substrate is about 3 inches on average. The plenum is 7 squares tall (about 1 inch/25mm) with a 3/8" ID vinyl uplift tube (in the picture above it goes from over the 75mm down to under the 25 mm) it then goes to the surface, to monitor the flow. The plenum has some support plates holding it up but is otherwise open. It also has a small cheap intank filter. I blocked most of the lower inlets and cut a weir into the side. There is also a surface divider around the filter and the plenum uplift tube, it has some foam blocks to keep it floating. It's kind of ugly but it keeps the duckweed out of the filter and makes a nice clean surface. it seems a bit overstocked but so far they are all doing very well. I plan to add a male guppy and possibly a new betta.
  2. I decided to upgrade my pea puffer tank in my bedroom to a 10 gallon rimless. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
  3. Hi, I was researching a new desk and was wondering if the weight of a fully planted 5.5 gallon would be too much for this this one from Ikea or something similar? https://www.ikea.com/us/en/p/arkelstorp-desk-black-10354128/ If I could put my tank there would there be any weak areas that I should avoid putting anything heavy on? Thanks!
  4. I am going to go to Aquarium Co-op, which is a 30 minutes drive, and I was going to pick up some pygmy corydoras, and I want to plant it more heavily. What plants do you recommend in a 5.5 gallon tank with a betta and 6 pygmy corydoras? Currently, I have a dwarf chain sword, anubias nana, crypt tropica, and a LOT of water lettuce. Thanks!
  5. Hello everybody, In the upcoming months, I will be moving off to college with my 5.5 gallon tank. I do not know if the dorms have a stable temperature environment and I can say the ambient temperature will NOT be enough to keep it warm. In a perfect scenario, the heater would be fully submersible, small, and safe. Please let me know of any recommendations, I've tried the 5w and 25w heaters from aqueon= absolutely trash. I don't know if I should go out and purchase the 50w submersible (aqueon) due to the high wattage. A lot of the smaller heaters seem to have some consistent issues of under heating and over heating, that is why I have come to here 🙂 Thank you!
  6. I Would like to breed my apistos in a separate breeding tank but all I have is a 5.5 gallon can I keep them in there for 1-2 months at most. Their eggs are getting eaten by the other fish. If I can't do that could I put the rams that are bullying them in the 5 gallon and have them breed?
  7. I have a 5.5 gallon tank that was given to me and am looking for a reliable inexpensive heater for a betta tank it’ll have a screened top, so basically open top. Also any decent light recommendations for some simple live plants would be appreciated
  8. Can I use my nano sponge filter in a 10 gallon or would I have to purchase a small sponge filter? I am on the fence about either getting a 5.5 gallon or 10 gallon. I have everything else. I really want the 10 gallon, but am not sure if my nano filter will be enough. It's why I might get the 5.5 gallon... Please advise? Thank you in advance.
  9. I am setting up a planted 5.5 gallon tank. I saw a co-op video where Dean mentioned keeping celestial pearl danios in a nano tank. I love the fish but everything else I’ve read says they need at least 10 gallons. Is it possible to keep a small group of CPD’s in a 5.5? Or are there other types of fish that might be a better fit? I would love to hear everyone’s suggestions!
  10. Hi everyone! I'm looking into setting up a 5.5g planted tank similar to what @Chrissy has. Hopefully Walstad, but if the bioload isn't correct I'm fine with doing water chagnes or adding Easy Green. The substrate will be Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix, then Fluval Stratum as a cap with a Finnex Stingray as a light. I'll be planting hornwort, moneywort, pogostemon stellatus octopus, red dwarf aquarium lily, anubias coffefolia, anubias nana, hydrocotyl tripartita "japan", crypt wendtii, anubias barteri, and anubias nana petite, with pearlweed forming a carpet in the front. Stocking will be 1 betta and a nerite. My question is will this work, or end up as a dumpster fire since I have no experience with plants except algae, and a cactus? Thanks in advance!
  11. Hey everybody, my little brother is looking to keep a 5 1/2 gallon shrimp tank, and wants to keep a small fish that would do well with it (as a bit of a showpiece). Any suggestions?
  12. I inherited this 5.5 gallon, it’s got one of those hoods with a small crappy light, not sure if it’s top fin or aqueon. Looking to either replace that strip light or replace the lid and get a new light. Suggestions for both? I’m trying to grow plants.
  13. Today is the first day that I've ever had to deal with Ich. My betta and clown pleco were swimming perfectly fine yesterday. This morning, my clown pleco was completely covered in spots while my betta only has spots on her fins as far as I can tell. I immediately ran out and bought some Imagitarium Parasite Remedy, and did a 30% water change making sure to focus the vacuum in the sand for cysts. The tank was cycled with live plants for a week before adding the betta. My concerns are whether I am doing enough, and what should I do after their both "cured". I've read Ich can make a reappearance so I want to know what to do in terms of sanitizing after the outbreak. My current treatment (will be doing for 2 weeks) is going to be a 20% water change every day, vacuuming the substrate for any loose ich cysts, and adding the dosage recommended by Imagitarium. My current set up consists of a 5.5 gallon glass aquarium with a lid, a 10 watt lamp, a heater keeping the water at 82, and a Forza 5-15 filter with Bio Rings, ammonia remover, coarse sponge on both ends. . I tested my water for nitrates, nitrites, and free ammonia and they were all within ideal, safe levels. I do 30% water changes every week as well as vacuum the sand, and add water conditioner and Seachem Prime after the water changes. Was this preventable? Did I do anything wrong? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I really want my pets to pull through.
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