Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: San Francisco East Bay
Nano set-up for classroom
A parent in my son's classroom just donated a 5g Nano tank and set it up. It doesn't have any fish in it yet and the kids are debating what kind of fish to include.
I teach at the same school and I'm happy to help maintain the tank. I have 2 planted 20 gallon tanks - one at home and one in my own classroom. And while I don't have tons of experience, I have good success with keeping all living things happy, healthy and algae free. Still, I've never had a tank this small and I'm concerned that the kids are talking about putting a goldfish in there. That seems like too much bioload for a 5g to me. Am I wrong about that? (Of course, they also want a piranha. These are 3rd graders!)
What is your maintenance routine for a 5g tank? And what can you keep in one? I was thinking either 3 very small fish or one betta. Do you need to do a fishless cycle with such a small tank? I was thinking that I could add some filer media from my tank to help speed up the cycling.