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Old 11-29-2012, 06:10 PM   #1
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Just joined - looks like a great forum.

Been a long time fish keeper since I was young.
Had a 75g saltwater for years that I took down when I moved and never got back into large tanks.

Kids both have Marineland Eclipse's in their room (3 & 6 gallon)
& I currently have a 20 gallon nano reef in my office.

Kids got tired of their tanks so I consolidated all in the Eclipse 6.
Lost most of the fish during Sandy when the power was our for almost a week.
Only thing that survived was a small tetra and a shrimp.

Long story, short - I pick up a Spec 5 on black friday to replace the Eclipse.
Moved over the shrimp and the tetra and the grass that was in there.
Also bought a small anubias. Can't remember the name of the tetra, but he is very shy now that all his tank mates are gone. I have been looking for more of the same kind but can't find them. Here is an image that i found of the tetra i have. http://www.allaquariuminfo.com/2011/...types-and.html

Tank seems to run well. I found this 50w heater http://www.petco.com/product/102227/...m-Heaters.aspx at petco and it fit perfectly in the compartment where the pump is. Only issue is that the daily evaporation gets it to the min water level on the heater every day. Not a big deal until I go away for a week. During that time I though i would cover the opening at the top to minimize evaporation and put the heat in the main tank so it's still submerged if water levels get low.

Have not done any mods to lighting or filter.

Looking for suggestion on other fish for tank. Would a dwarf gourami have enough room?

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Old 11-29-2012, 06:31 PM   #2
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I set up a Spec V a few weeks ago. Lots of plants but only fish is a betta.

I was thinking of putting some small fish in it before I decided on the betta.

Chili Raspboras or Endler's Livebearers were the fish I was looking into, along with shrimp.

It's really to small for most fish.

My water is really hard and so that limits what I can choose.

Great for a betta - but my understanding is that they do better by themselves. I might try a nerite (sp?) snail with him.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. I've never had luck with more than just the betta in a tank but others have.
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Old 11-29-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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In the 6 gallon eclipse I kept 3 neon tetras and 2 of the "gold"? tetras with the shrimp for a long time until I lost power and the cold killed them

Did monthly water changes (which are easy because its on the kitchen next to the sink) and vacuumed the gravel. We are on well water that is run through a softener so it's chlorine free which makes for easy water changes.
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Looks like an ember tetra, welcome to the forum.


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Old 11-29-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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Looks like an ember tetra, welcome to the forum.


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No problem!

And with small tanks like 1-6 gallons, you typically won't be able to get many standard fish in.

You should also stick largely to one type of fish. So if you can find more ember tetras, try to stock at least 6-10 of those as your fish stock.

That in no way limits what you could do with the bottom of your tank.

The world of shrimp is something you'll get a healthy dose of on this forum


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Unfortunately the LFS scene in Baltimore sucks now. All the good stores have shut down, I am going to try and make to the last surviving one this weekend to see what they have.

Was going to do this a saltwater but the eclipse tank was in such bad shape i transferred them over to the spec. I think this would almost work better as a saltwater tanks with a small gobie and some live rock.
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