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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2017, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb planning a 5 gallon tank for a dorm. all ideas welcome

I'm currently trying to plan a 5 gallon tank to keep in my dorm room.
I'd like to keep the tank freshwater as I have no experience with salt water.


Plants have never gone well for me whenever I've tried them, I have very hard water where I live. but I'd like to try them again.
Also I'd like to have a fish or 2 but I'm unsure of which to get. I'd like something sociable with personality to interact with me but does not need a large group of other fish.
I was thinking one pea/dwarf puffer would be a cool fish. I have no problem taking time every day to feed it (frozen or live) and do water changes because I will be around the tank all the time.
I know a betta would be a good fish for the tank but I don't think its a fish I'd like to get
I will have a filter and a heater (if a heater is needed).




I am open to tips or ideas that anyone has to offer. Thank you ahead for any help
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Ifyou like you like to add a slash of color you could do cherry shrimp with neon tetras. You will need places for the shrimp to shelter. Good luck. I hope you get lots of replies. This is a great group with lots of knowledge.
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I'm currently trying to plan a 5 gallon tank to keep in my dorm room.
I'd like to keep the tank freshwater as I have no experience with salt water.


Plants have never gone well for me whenever I've tried them, I have very hard water where I live. but I'd like to try them again.
Also I'd like to have a fish or 2 but I'm unsure of which to get. I'd like something sociable with personality to interact with me but does not need a large group of other fish.
I was thinking one pea/dwarf puffer would be a cool fish. I have no problem taking time every day to feed it (frozen or live) and do water changes because I will be around the tank all the time.
I know a betta would be a good fish for the tank but I don't think its a fish I'd like to get
I will have a filter and a heater (if a heater is needed).




I am open to tips or ideas that anyone has to offer. Thank you ahead for any help
i would recommend guppy fishes.

they are very lively swimmers. they will make friends with other fishes in the tank and swim together. give them a stream of water from the filter and they will play in it.

new to plants in fish tank? start with lower light periods like 4-6 hours until your plant volume grows. otherwise youll be growing algae.
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I disagree with the above poster regarding neon tetra, they are a schooling fish and 6-10 neons in a 5g is not responsible any less than that and you will have a stressed out fish. Boraras Brigittae may be something to look into because they are smaller but still like to be in groups. Dwarf puffer/Beta is your best bet for a happy fish or Shrimp.

For plants, get some anubias, Vals, christmas/java moss they are pretty much bomb proof...the only lighting you will need is a $5 clip on lamp from walmart and a 6500k CFL bulb.
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dont know much about FW fish yet but would the puffer eat the shrimp?

I like the idea of a planted tank in the dorm make it as easy as possible to care for but enjoy as I am sure you will get very busy chasing the ladies around....er I mean studying

seams like it would be nice and relaxing to give you a few moments of computation...
good luck!
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If you do a pea puffer, it will be a puffer-only tank. I personally like to have shrimp and snails. I've kept a betta with ghost shrimp and Malaysian trumpet snails in the past with no issues, but depending on the betta, it might find other inhabitants to snack on.

Follow @PoPoBTC 's advice on the plants. I have a 5.5 gallon and use a Finnex StingRAY LED Clip Light. Works great and almost no algae at 8 hrs per day.
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may i ask why you dont want a betta?

my bet as far as aquaescape goes woud be a small driftwood piece with moss and anubias plant tied to it, some "big" rocks to make some emphasis in certain areas and small gravel. for plants i may add crypts and frogbit besides the others mentioned.

im also in the process of creating my own tank and it holds a similar amount of water so you can look around if you want.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/22...-riparium.html
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