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Hi, all. I'm a freshman in college and I brought my practically-manages-itself planted 5gal Minibow to make sure I had the time (and space) for a plant tank. As it turns out I do, so I'm looking toward fudging the dorm rules a little for one of these (http://www.aquabotanic.com/4sale.htm) lovely set-ups (imagine! Adequate lighting without retrofitting! There were plastic shards in my carpet for weeks after I put real lighting into the bowfront).
I pretty much know most of my plant plans, although I'm always open to suggestions. Obviously it's not riccia-level lighting or anything, although on small tanks I always like to point a desk lamp with a 28 watt cf replacement bulb at one side or the other, it helps a lot. My real query is fish-related. Assuming a very heavily planted species tank ... which species?
It's come down to three contenders, although one of them isn't really as high on the list in my mind as the other two.
Rocket Panchanx or Clown Killies, Epiplatys annulatus. I've read several articles about maintaining a self-sustaining group of these in ten and fifteen gallon tanks, so twelve should be fine. They're obviously gorgeous and unusual, but, I'd probably have to keep grindal worms and maybe rent space in someone's fridge for frozen foods.
Endler's Livebearers. Also gorgeous and unusual, and again pretty small and able to create a self-sustaining group. However, I worry that the parents won't be active enough fry-eaters and I'll end up with fish I can't exactly drive to the local fish store, it being back in my hometown with, you know, my main mode of transport.
White Cloud Mountain Minnows, gold variety. These I have, but removing them from the five would leave it empty. However, they do well or flake and freeze-dried foods and I know they eat enough eggs and fry for me not to worry terrible (especially in a tank with a power filter, although that sounds heartless ...)
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for your advice!
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Hello Molly, Welcome to the Forum...

I would love to see a photo of your 125 Pond Setup with the gold's... it has me intrigued when you say setup like a pond

I take it your "dorm" rules do not include aquariums eh ? :evil: I would think that tanks should be mandatory to help relieve the stress of the studies... LOL

As far as a fish selection, I am a huge fan of Tetra schooling , small tanks scream TETRA ! ( well O.K. , so do large ones IMO...)

Bucks Vote... even though not mentioned...hehe

School of Black Tetra's and Shrimp , however of the 3 choices I would definately go with the gold WCM's, they are a great fish in schools also.

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I wish I had recent pictures of the 125, but, being away, even I don't get to see it that often! However, before it was a Goldfish tank, I entered it in the Aquatic Gardener's Association contest, in 2001 as I recall. Planted Rainbowfish community. Oh, and don't listen to that judge who comments it looks overcrowded. That's just 'cause I was feeding them when I took the pictures.
Anyway, by planted like a pond I mean anacharis, some anubias, a lily with leaves on the surface, and water hyacinth so I still have some when spring rolls around. (I can have that because the light fixture is raised several inches by sitting on the two filters, one at either end)
I love your tanks, by the way, very impressive. Nice little photojournal going on the website.
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Oh, and forgot to mention: I am allowed to have an aquarium, but the cut-off is ten gallons. I think the extra two should go unnoticed ... they're a little busy policing underage drinking, drug use, and plagiarism. I doubt they care a whole lot about the aquarium rule.
Although ... the way the rule is actually *written* one seems to be allowed multiple aquariums if they're all at or under ten gallons. And they specify "appropriate aquarium housing" or something similar, so they should be able to stop people with goldfish in bowls and the like.
I've actually set up a little email hotline for people with fish questions, but so far, no bites.
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You mean to tell me that there is underage drinking, drug use and plagiarism in college ? I find that hard to believe... :lol:

I wouldnt let that judge's comments bother me either...Tank Judging goes by personal tastes which is why we all have our own... imagine if all tanks were the same? What would we have to talk about... lmao
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Hello Molly, Welcome to the Forum...

I would love to see a photo of your 125 Pond Setup with the gold's... it has me intrigued when you say setup like a pond

I take it your "dorm" rules do not include aquariums eh ? :evil: I would think that tanks should be mandatory to help relieve the stress of the studies... LOL

As far as a fish selection, I am a huge fan of Tetra schooling , small tanks scream TETRA ! ( well O.K. , so do large ones IMO...)

Bucks Vote... even though not mentioned...hehe

School of Black Tetra's and Shrimp , however of the 3 choices I would definately go with the gold WCM's, they are a great fish in schools also.

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Lol good point tetras are awesome

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Holy thread revival batman! The last post was over 8 years ago. Please look at the dates before you comment and bring back an old thread.
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