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Old 11-26-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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First planted tank!


Hello, I am new here and have been reading up a little on planted tanks and have been inspired to start up one and see how it goes.

I have a 5 gallon cube tank that I will be adding LED lights which should be plenty for a planted tank.

I have ordered eco-complete substrate and I will add a few pieces of rock and such for the fish to swim around/hide in.

As far as fish go, I made a fish wish list.

I really would like these:
5 Cardinal Tetra
3 Von Rio Flame Tetra

Are all the fish okay with shrimp and plants?

Cherry Red Shrimp..how many should I start with?

As far as plants go, I really want Dwarf Baby Tears to fill the bottom of the tank, I also really like Anubia nana petite and plan to put it near the back of the tank.

Do you think this would work?

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Old 11-26-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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It looks like you'd be very overstocked. A betta would be good for a 5g. But would be iffy with shrimp. I've had one with adult red cherry and amano shrimp, but there was never a cherry baby to be seen. I'm sure it would be the same for crystal red shrimp. Also, cories are very social and better in groups of 5-6 or more. Maybe you could have some pygmy cories and some shrimp.

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Someone showed me this site, and its great to play around with to see what will go well in your tank. Hope that helps!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:51 PM   #3
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Do you think the betta could eat the adult shrimp? and yeah I was thinking I would be over-crowded so no Cory's.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #4
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MY betta never ate any of MY adult shrimp. However, I seem to have had a very docile betta (got along with guppies too). With enough plant coverage and a quiet betta you might be fine. But I wouldn't test it with super expensive shrimp!
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:43 AM   #5
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Hmm.. So what if I take out the Betta as well and just leave it as a tetra and CRS tank with a few plants?

Do you think that is a better idea? The tetras wouldnt eat them would they?
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Tetras may eat any babies, but should be fine with adults. However tetras are shoaling fish and should be in bigger numbers then you could probably fit in a 5g. Although maybe with some really good filtration you could do 6 or so? There are also some micro fish, sorry don't know the names offhand (micro rasboras?). I know there are some small Fluval tanks, lots of people do great things with nanos. Have you thought about concentrating on just a shrimp tank? Browsing and searching through the nano forum could really help you to narrow down what might work best for you.
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #7
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Yeah I have been browsing the forums and searching the internet whenever I have had time. I am used to reef aquariums but I have a 5 Gallon that I figured I would try out as a planted tank for something new.

I have looked at a lot of the nano's and it seems like there are a lot of different opinions on how many and what kinds of fish for a nano (as there always seems to be with anything aquarium related). If all goes well I may invest in a 10 long or 12 long that is rimless so I have a place for the fish and potentially more.

If I get a bigger tank then I would make sure there are numerous places for shrimps to hide from fish so they can be safe several places in the aquarium.

I think right now as this is my first planted tank and I want fish I will stick to the cheaper Cherry Red Shrimp, just incase a lot of the babies turn out to be snacks.

Since I am used to Reef tanks I would prefer to stick to the whole ecosystem, which is hard such a small tank. But if I can make fish, some plants and some shrimp work I think I will be satisfied and may upgrade so everything will fit a little better.
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