Scapexghost Posted August 25, 2022 Share Posted August 25, 2022 (edited) This has been a pretty eventful week as I just moved into my dorm after transfering universities. This has been a great and terrible time. College is fun, exciting and terrifying. Being 300 miles away from my family outways being 300 miles away from my fish tanks. But, while I can't bring a tiny version of my parents, i can bring a tiny version of my fish tanks. The dorm allows tanks up to 5 gallons, but i don't play by the rules so i got a 5.5. Now a 5 gallon tank is gonna have to be pretty awesome to make up for the 5 tanks I'm leaving behind. So, for starters, I decided to do a dirted tank. Mainly because I have never done one before. My understanding is one of the main downsides of a dirted tank is that you have to tear it down after 12 months or so, but i have to tear this tank down anyway in 8 months. Since i have to tear down this tank in 8 months, i have to do something to jumpstart the plants, since I don't want to tear down the tank once it starts looking good. Hopefully the dirt does this. Deciding on the fish was difficult. I thought about a pea puffer, but i didn't want to have to make frequent trips to get frozen foods since i don't have a car and my fridge is barely big enough to fit my food. I thought about a betta of course, specifically a black and white crowntail, but i didn't think a single betta would be interesting enough. I settled on a pregnant purple dumbo mosiac guppy, which is either from twin city guppies or a decendant of a guppy from twin citys. I had her for a couple months now as she was just sitting in my qt tank. I didnt want to put her with my other guppies as to not contaminate the line, and my other tanks had fish that would be to aggressive to keep a guppy in. So, taking her with me was actually convenient. I know keeping a guppy in a 5.5 is somewhat controversial, but she doesn't look cramped and as it is my only tank, I can pretty easily stay on top of water quality. Obviously, the guppies will overpopulated the tank, but I can always pop the extras in my home tank or sell them to my local store. I also brought a nerite snail for algae control. Every tank needs a nerite. Unfortunately, my local store didn't have a great selection of plants the week i left, so i had to make do with whatever my home tank can spare. This ended up being some anacharis stems, a handful of water lettuce, a little bit of micro sword, and a single dwarf sag. I'll probably order some dwarf hair grass once the coop gets it back in stock, but this is what i have to work with for now. The rocks i actually picked up on the way in santa rosa nm, the hole town is covered in these rocks, and i got these from a local lake, and you cant get much more realistic than that. It's a pretty place btw, definetely worth looking around if you are driving through. The hardware is a nicrew classic led, not the strongest light in the world but such a small tank doesnt need the strongest light in the world. The filter is some weird pseudo internal filter designed for 3 gallons, hopefully not strong enough to suck in any babies. I have a tiny 50 watt heater and the tank itself is one of those generic aqueon tanks. The lid is a diy disaster. I forgot the silicone at home and the glass cutter a got was terrible, so its basically three pieces of broken glass glued together. If you want a 5 gallon dorm tank, just get the fluval flex kit. Setting it up was kind of hectic since by the time i finished moving in i was up for over 24 hours and i hadn't even painted the background yet and the poor guppy was in a little bag for like 12 hours. But, somehow, i managed. Somehow i didnt contaminate the tank with my paint covered hands either. After a few days i biked over to my new local fish store to get some dwarf hair grass. Unfortunately, they didnt have any. I didnt want to leave empty handed so i got 4 cherry shrimp and a little susswassertang that came with them. In retrospect this tank is no where near seasoned enough to support shrimp. My best idea is to feed a little heavy in hopes of making up for it. Tl;dr this is the tank: Inch of organic miracle gro (although more like half an inch after being smushed by the gravel) Inch of gravel (originally planning two, but tjis tank is small enough as it is) Rocks One pregnant female purple dumbo mosiac guppy One nerite snail 4 cherry shrimp (i think i female and 3 males) Anacharis Water lettuce Microsword Dwarf sag Nicrew classicled Filter(?) Heater (dont know the temp, forgot to get a thermometer) Water parameters: ? Probably should check, especially in a new tank, but the shrimp look fine even after a couple days so they cant be too bad, right? I know this forum has a bit of a no unsolicited advice policy, so while im not specifically lookibg for any advice, i am open to it, so feal free to post any questions, suggestions, comments, or critiques. Edited August 25, 2022 by Scapexghost I have no idea why the second photo is upside down lol. Its not upside down on my phone. 7 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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