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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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Fish Suggestions For My ADA 5.5?

Tank is very much shaping up it's first (and hopefully only) fish! Input much appreciated...right now I don't have much more than a few basic ideas about tetras or rasboras.



Oh and what about shrimp? Would I be able to put more 'life' in the tank or would having shrimp limit the number of fish I could have? What exactly are the benefits of having shrimp?

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5.5 Gallon ADA Nano: Fish need to be restocked.

Plants: Background of Marsilea Minuta, Myrio Simulan and a random Anubia.

Lighting: 13W 6500K Jebo.

Heating: Non-Brand Name 100W 8" glass heater (sounds crazy but great heater)

Substrate: Pond soil from a landscaping store; 1/2 inch of Eco-Complete on top.
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You could go with a handful of microrasboras. There's a nano fish list on the nanopage, I believe.

Shrimp are beneficial insofar that they eat detritus and some species are decent algae eaters. However, mostly they're just added because they look really neat, especially in a small tank. Adds some interest and life to typically empty tank bottoms. If you've never had any, Id try them out. This tank would be a nice shrimp-only tank, in fact.
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I would throw in a bunch of boraras merah and some cherry shrimp or crystal reds.

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id try getting 5 boraras. any sp.
then maybe some RCS, or CRS (lower grades), or tigers.

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how much smaller are microrasboras than standards?

would 4 shrimp and 4 microrasboras be way too much for 5.5 gallons?

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Lighting: 78 Watts T5HO (1.7 watts per gallon)

Substrate: 80 lbs Eco-Complete.

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5.5 Gallon ADA Nano: Fish need to be restocked.

Plants: Background of Marsilea Minuta, Myrio Simulan and a random Anubia.

Lighting: 13W 6500K Jebo.

Heating: Non-Brand Name 100W 8" glass heater (sounds crazy but great heater)

Substrate: Pond soil from a landscaping store; 1/2 inch of Eco-Complete on top.
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Not at all. I would go with about 6 or 7 boraras and a handful of shrimp. That tank can support quite a few shrimps on top of the fish.

65 gallon low tech planted
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shrimp arent messy eaters. they produce a very small bioload, and actually help keep the tank clean by eating leftover detritus, like food the fish missed.

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what about a pair of killies?

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I would go for some Red Cherry shrimp and 5 or so Microrasbora/boraras. This is purely from an asthetic sense on my side though. Your tank would look great with red fauna.

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what about a pair of killies?
Clown killies are gorgeous and under-utilized and would look very nice in this tank.
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killies are jumpers though, so you would need to cover the tank. clown killies would be awesome but putting a cover on an ADA tank is just wrong
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killies are jumpers though, so you would need to cover the tank. clown killies would be awesome but putting a cover on an ADA tank is just wrong

I totally agree. I like my tanks like I like my ladies...

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Lighting: 78 Watts T5HO (1.7 watts per gallon)

Substrate: 80 lbs Eco-Complete.

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5.5 Gallon ADA Nano: Fish need to be restocked.

Plants: Background of Marsilea Minuta, Myrio Simulan and a random Anubia.

Lighting: 13W 6500K Jebo.

Heating: Non-Brand Name 100W 8" glass heater (sounds crazy but great heater)

Substrate: Pond soil from a landscaping store; 1/2 inch of Eco-Complete on top.
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I totally agree. I like my tanks like I like my ladies...
So many ways to go with this, but all of them so very inappropriate...

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I agree that you could stick a small school of micros in there no problem, they produce very little waste. And even if you want to overstock a bit, it's so easy to change out water in a small tank. You can easily keep the water quality where it needs to be.
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I totally agree. I like my tanks like I like my ladies...

Hahaha, i dont even know what you mean by this..

i tried and tried to understand it but i cant..

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I totally agree. I like my tanks like I like my ladies...
Lukewarm, rectangular, and filled with cold blooded fauna--? Really? You like you're women like...wait. Topl...oh, I get it.

As for fish, since your 'scape is so beautifully open, a small schooling fish and shrimp would be perfect. A type of microrasbora would give us something to focus on in the water column, and shrimp (a dark one; Blue Shrimp if you can find some) would bring the eye to the details of your hardscape and plants. Snails, too. A few Nerites would be nice, too.
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