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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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New 5 gallon planted..need ideas

Okay so I have a 5 gallon tank with java fern and anacharis. The tank is in the middle of the cycling process and I'm researching what fish to put in it. I originally was thinking of a Betta with some ghost shrimp, but I'm now thinking maybe a smaller species of fish like some livebearers, or tetras. What do you guys think, from your own experience or just personl opinion?

Also I was wondering if y'all know anything about endlers livebearers, as they are kinda high on the list that I'm considering....THANKS!!
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There is a list of fish that people reccommend for nano tanks. You have to scroll a bit.

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oh thanks very helpful!! any particular success with any of these fish?
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-23-2011, 04:30 AM
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Endler's are relatively easy to keep, and will breed like crazy if given the chance.

If you're diligent with your WC's most of the fish on the list shouldn't be a problem in a 5gal.
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Cool thanks! I'm thinking I would probably just get male endler's, seeing as i don't want breeding, and they have more vibrant colors
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Does anyone have any experience with flame moss? I really like it's look and I wanna know about it's care.
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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 04:09 AM Thread Starter
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Update!

So i've decided just to move my 5 gallon journal to here, and stop the other one because this is technically a planted nano Here are some pics of my tank which has had this set up for about 2 weeks. I have Java Fern, anacharis, and a tiny strand (that is actually growing!) of java moss. Planning to add a betta, or some shrimp to it... haven't decided yet... here are the pics! lemme know whatcha think
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Here's a couple of quick suggestions. Move most of those plants to the back, chop that anacharis in half and then in half again so it grows out in thick bunches and get yourself a low foreground plant, possibly from the swap n' shop. That way you have a background and a foreground instead of some plants spread sparsely through the midground of the tank.
You can pick anything you like off the nano fish list, but just be careful not to stock too heavily.
I don't know what kind of lighting you have on your little tank, but if it isn't very high you could use moss as a foreground, which could look cool. If you have enough light you can get more creative, like dwarf hairgrass, riccia, or something else. The important part is getting enough plants in there that the algae doesn't become a problem. If you have a few bucks I recommend seeing what people have for sale and grabbing a few more.
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Thanks for the advice!!!! I'm wondering how to make moss as a foreground... would it just root into the substrate, cuz i don't really have any thing to attach it to.. Or i'm considering a DHG carpet, which would be cool my wattage is about 2-3 wpg.
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You could always tie the moss to one of your rocks. Moss won't root into the substrate, though. Would make life much simpler if it did...
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Okay. ya that would be very easy! so i'm thinking doing a forground with DHG, and if i can get my small pieces of java moss to grow large enough, i'll tie them to some rocks too! thanks for all the advice, and keep it comin!
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Heres a pic of the anacharis bunched in the corners. i like it a lot better! now just have to work on getting foreground plants also, do you think those little java fern babies will grow inside the shells? i thought it looked cool but i'm willing to take them out if they won't grow, they haven't shown any new growth, but i've heard JF is a very slow grower...Thanks for the advice!
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5g Tank Update (8/17)

So quite a few things have changed in my 5 gallon tank. The first thing is the addition of my new betta he is definitely very happy in there and swims in every nook and cranny to check things out. I also got a large clump of java moss from my LFS which i added to two rocks on the right hand side. Lemme know what ya think!
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