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Hi, My name is Bryant, and i'm new here..
I want to share my tank and ask a lot of question..

Tank: 28x28x28cm, [ordered it at local glass shop]

Substrate: Silica sand

Filter: HOB

Lighting: 24W OSRAM Tornado CoolDay Light x 1 and 20W Phillips Tornado CoolDay Light x 1

Water: tap water [gH = around 13, pH = around 6,5 - 6,8]

Ferts: JBL Aquabasis, Wonder-Gro Macro and Micro

CO2: DIY set

Plants: HC "Cuba", Rotalla [don't know which species]

Journey :
This is the third day when the tank was arrived..
[7 September 2008]


I found that the lightning wasn't enough, so i chaged it, but it became an algae problem.
[28 September 2008]

I've used GE and HG. It looked weird, since GE have a bigger leaf than HC.

then, i decided to rescape..

[23 Nov 2008]
i've used 20W Phillips x 2, it's not enough for Rotalla


[7 November 2008]
I've changed to 23W above Rotalla




[12 November 2008]


The question is,
1. What fish?..[i want some looking good-schooling fish, any suggestion?]
2. How many fish?..
3. Do i need to rescape?..there's a little slope in the back, but i think it's not enough yet..
4. What's the different between Planted Nano Tanks and Tank Journals & Photo Album?..

C & C are welcome..

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First, your tank is looking very nice and I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like.
As for fish, I can't morally suggest any type that schools, or should be in schools in a tank that small. For a 5.5, I think the only suitable fish will be ottos. Just keep up on the daily partial water changes. And by 'partial', i really mean, tiny ones. You could aslo put in some shrimp with the ottos. That really is the only fauna I can think of for a tank of that size.


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Galaxy rasboras, Neons, Cardinals, etc

I like it.

I am a noob but what is igwammi???
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no rasboras, neons, or cardinals. You can't keep them in a large enough group in that size tank, nor let them have enough room to turn around.

I would go with nerite snails and shrimp. MAYBE microrasboras.

tank looks awesome btw!

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1. What fish?..[i want some looking good-schooling fish, any suggestion?]
2. How many fish?..
3. Do i need to rescape?..there's a little slope in the back, but i think it's not enough yet..
4. What's the different between Planted Nano Tanks and Tank Journals & Photo Album?..
1. anything in the genus microrasbora, or the genus boraras.
CPDs do better in larger tanks, and tend to be a bit timid in tanks under 10 gallons. your tank would probably be like this, since it doesnt have hiding spots.

2. depends on the size. 8 or so if they are 3/4 of an inch.

3. your choice

4. if you dont post pics, just questions, post here.
if you have a 1000 gallon tank, post pics of it there, not here.

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hmm..boraras, attractive fish..but it's very rare here..
i've already put Cherries there..and two snails..

thanks for the feedback..

anyway, any suggestion for the layout?..
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I am a noob but what is igwammi???
iwagumi was from iwakumi meaned collection of rock...for details, google it...
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Even microrasboras are a bit sketch for a tank that small. From experience, the boraras species I kept (Maculata) were super timid in my 5.5gl. I had it scaped as a nature, with the tall stems and bushy plants in the left back corner and the Manzanita coming out of it (Amano style) and the tank looked empty. All the Boraras Maculata stayed pretty much inside the bundle of plants in the back corner and only came out for food.
For a 5.5 cube, I honestly think that a nice group of CRS or RCS would be awesome.


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Even microrasboras are a bit sketch for a tank that small. From experience, the boraras species I kept (Maculata) were super timid in my 5.5gl. I had it scaped as a nature, with the tall stems and bushy plants in the left back corner and the Manzanita coming out of it (Amano style) and the tank looked empty. All the Boraras Maculata stayed pretty much inside the bundle of plants in the back corner and only came out for food.
For a 5.5 cube, I honestly think that a nice group of CRS or RCS would be awesome.
thanks for the info..i think i'll just put RCS, since it cheaper than CRS and easy to care..
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hello bro..
try boraras maculata.


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hello bro..
try boraras maculata.
hello bro..
i decided, shrimp-only..
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hello bro..
i decided, shrimp-only..
Awww... Ember Tetra's would look sweet in that tank.
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Word, Ember tetras need to be in a shoal/school and should be kept with a minimum of six to seven of their own, and in a 5.5gl, that is a bit over-crowded. I have these guys in a 20gl and they are active fish. I'd say for about 7 of them, a 10gl is the bare minimum.
They are really cool fish though, but for the fishes sake, Ottos would be the only reasonable choice.


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yeah..i'm totally agree with Simpson..since i use DIY CO2, and it's not stable [from 1 to 5 bubble per second]..

now, it's only :
- about 5 RCS
- 2 snails
- 2 Amano Shrimp [is it too many?]

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