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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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New to planted aquariums need advice.

So I wanted to start a planted shrimp tank. The area were I'm going to put the tank will really only fit a 5.5 gallon. I'm manager at a local pet store unfortunately we have nothing for planted tanks and cannot really get anything for planted aquariums or shrimp for that matter. Is a 5.5 gallon tank to much work for a beginner? I currently don't have any fish tanks, but I've worked at the store for like 13 years so I know how to set up a fish tank. It's just I've never touched planted so its all alien to me.
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I think your going to get the opposite response. People are going to tell you that a 5.5 is not too much work and that you would actually be better off doing a larger tank.
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Yea, the 5.5g actually needs more upkeep in terms of keeping the water quality up to par. This is because the water pollutes much faster in 5g vs a 20g. It also can easily be affected by residues on your hands, where a larger body of water can tolerate it.

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If you already know how to set up a fish tank, then you should know how to cycle a tank properly. Plants only add additional benefit to any fish tank. To keep the plants alive choose the proper lighting for a 5.5 gallon and I suggest starting with low maintenance plants. Also, do some research on the substrate and fertilizers. You probably should start low tech and gain some experience before entertaining the idea of a high-tech planted tank. Good Luck!
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If you already know how to set up a fish tank, then you should know how to cycle a tank properly. Plants only add additional benefit to any fish tank. To keep the plants alive choose the proper lighting for a 5.5 gallon and I suggest starting with low maintenance plants. Also, do some research on the substrate and fertilizers. You probably should start low tech and gain some experience before entertaining the idea of a high-tech planted tank. Good Luck!
To add to this, start off with neocaridina species. Cherry, rilli etc



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