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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 04:11 AM Thread Starter
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New 5G tank..few questions

Hello everyone. I'm in the process of setting up a 5G freshwater nano tank. Its actually the fluval spec 5G with built in filter system and the light is day and night(7500K led) .

Questions:

Do I need bother with co2 control for a tank this small?
Should i get a heater for the tank?

*once plants have been inside for a couple weeks I will be putting fish in the tank as well.

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 04:18 AM
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What are you planning to put in it -plants plus livestock wise? That would dictate CO2 and heater requirement.

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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-12-2015, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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Just a few selections to decide from.



Information
Common Name: Dwarf Bonsai
Proper Name: Ammania sp. 'Bonsai'
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 20 - 28 C
PH: 6.0 - 7.5
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin:
Position in Aquascape: Mid-ground





Common Name: Bacopa Australis
Proper Name: Bacopa Australis
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 15 - 32 C
PH: 6-8
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Fast
Difficulty: Easy
Origin: Southern Brazil
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground




Common Name: Bacopa
Proper Name: Bacopa Caroliniana
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 15 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.0
Lighting: Medium,High,Very High
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: North America
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
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Common Name: Whorled Pennywort
Proper Name: Hydrocotyle verticillata
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 10 - 25 C
PH: 5.0 - 7.0
Lighting: High
Growth Rate: Slow
Difficulty: Hard
Origin: South America
Position in Aquascape: Mid-Ground,Foreground

I'm only going to pick two of these and 1 larger plant that I haven't decided on yet. I want the tank to look clean and not have bulky plants in it.Basically what ever is available to me from local pet shops in the area. I'm gonna shoot for a general temp of 24 C and 6.4-6.5 ph. Just not sure on the co2 department.. I'm assuming the plants can take care of that themselves in such a small setup.

Bump: I'll probably just get a little 25w heater regardless. It will be a peace of mind.
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Just an update as to what I decided on.

Bump: Also, if anyone knows about some vibrant/colourful looking school fish (maybe 6 of them in total) that would live happily in a tank this size I'm up for suggestions.
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What is the glass thin with the airline connected to it? You should try to get your heater into the filter compartment if possible. I would recommend galaxy or chili rasboras. I'm going to be firing up a 5 gallon soon and those are what I am going for.
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I am pretty sure its for co2

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What is the glass thin with the airline connected to it? You should try to get your heater into the filter compartment if possible. I would recommend galaxy or chili rasboras. I'm going to be firing up a 5 gallon soon and those are what I am going for.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-17-2015, 10:53 PM
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I have a Fluval Spec V and the light is pretty bad on it unless you're planning on growing low light plants. I had to switch mine out. Like loach guy said if you can fit the heater into the filter compartment it gives you more space in the tank. Also I would look into getting a different diffuser maybe one of those 3 in one where its a bubble counter/check valve.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-18-2015, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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I have a Fluval Spec V and the light is pretty bad on it unless you're planning on growing low light plants. I had to switch mine out. Like loach guy said if you can fit the heater into the filter compartment it gives you more space in the tank. Also I would look into getting a different diffuser maybe one of those 3 in one where its a bubble counter/check valve.
Hey thanks all. Yeah, the light on it is garbage. I actually went out and bought a table clap light(led) and the heater was also moved into the pump compartment yesterday. As for the co2 diffuser, I did look into the regulators and co2 tanks but I'm thinking to myself, this was supposed to be a low tech tank...lol.
So I decided to get the fluval portable co2 dispenser instead. I bought seachem excel today as well. I'll be starting to dose the tank with it tomorrow and everyday there after. I'll dose excel in the am.(.5ml/5g) and fill the diffuser compartments once in the evening..should be plenty.
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