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Silly question? Nano fish and filters.

I'm brand new to this. I've got a 5G set up and cycling now and I've spent the last week reading up on every possible fish I can potentially stock, as well as haunting the isles of my LFS.

Neon blue rasboras seem likely to be one of my choices for the tank, but they are so darn tiny I was wondering if they - or other small fish - ever get sucked into filters?

Mine has the usual plastic covering on it, but the gaps are probably large enough for a tiny fish to fit through.

Is that not an issue if they're healthy and swimming around?

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That's actually a valid concern. Even with a fairly weak filter, an unwary or sleeping fish can get stuck or sucked in. Mesh over the filter inlet will fix that, but you have to clean it now and then.
Be sure to put plenty of plants in the tank, even if it's just a bunch of Java moss. It grows tiny buggies for the fish to eat, keeps the water cleaner, provides hiding places, and also looks pretty good.


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One morning I woke up and noticed a bloodfin was missing. I looked everywhere, until I saw it wrapped on the intake of the second tube in my AC 70. Lucky I had the second intake tube on. He was injured, but sure enough survived and returned to normal. I just tied some mesh around it, and only had to clean it once a week. You typically shouldn't have to worry about it, but as Betta said, a sleeping fish wouldn't be able to realize it in time.
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Wow, thanks. I guess I'll put a cover on the filter. What do you suggest - cheese cloth, pantyhose, etc?

As for plants, I have two Anubias, a Java fern, Java moss, Crypt Parva and Wendtti green. Trying to be patient while it all grows in, but I may add some additional plants to the back of the tank. Not only do I like a lush look, but I want the fish to have plenty of hiding spaces and I want all the help I can get with water quality.

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I like to slip a sponge prefilter over the intake. Easy to clean, just slip it off and rinse either in the water change bucket or under running tap water. I find that mesh whether cloth, nylon, plastic, or stainless steel get clogged pretty fast and need to be cleaned far more frequently than a sponge prefilter.



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If you haven't purchased the fish already, seriously consider doing shrimp only instead. They're actually awesome to watch, and there are some really cool color variations you can get too. And they fit with a tank that small better. Less bioload which means less of a chance a small tank gets dirty and has problems with water chemistry/quality. The simpler and more appropriate the better....just my opinion.


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