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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Nano n00b looking for help

Hi all,

I've returned from my break and am looking to get back into the hobby. I just recently moved to San Francisco and unfortunately, I don't have much space here. As such, I'm looking for some help setting up a nano.

I do have experience with planted tanks, my last one was a 100 gallon that did OK, but wasn't spectacular. The nano I'm thinking about starting will be a desktop tank of 5 gallons.

My greatest concern is how to take of the tank while you're on vacation. How do you guys do it? I'm single and don't really have many friends in the area yet, so I'm not sure how to maintain the tank if I'm gone for over a few days. Does anyone know of any particular automatic methods to care for the tank?
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Stick your lights on a timer.. and leave the tank for a couple days...

I leave my tank alone for a week sometimes..
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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I guess I'm worried about evaporation and waste build-up. But I suppose that shouldn't really be an issue, what with how heavily I'll be planting this tank.

Another thing is that the bioload will be very low in this tank. I might have a half dozen cherry shrimps and a couple small, non-schooling fish. That said, does anyone have any good recommendations for such fish?
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Fish for a 5G... 1 Betta, or Endlers (M) & Guppy (M).

Before going away on vacation do a waterchange/maintance of the tank, feed lightly; the fish will be ok up to a week without food. If gone more than a week then have someone look feed them & top off the water.

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Some cherries and a Florida flagfish...handles most any algae situation that might crop up.
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