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5 gallon bowfront

I decided to setup my 5 gallon bowfront at the office again.

I have a Penguin mini biowheel filter on it that just keeps the water clean.

I put Flourite in as the substrate. I've never used it before but I've heard many good things about it. I rinsed it off and put it in and filled the tank, and the water is awful cloudy. Expected it, so I'm waiting for it to clear up a bit.

I also picked up two banana plants, five stalks of Wisteria, and an Acorus to start out with.

I'm going to stop by an LFS hopefully Thursday and pick out a small piece of lace rock that they sell that looks really cool, and put it in as well.

I won't stock much as far as fish. i'd like to try paradise fish but I'm not sure if I can keep more than 2 or 3 in that small of an environment.

Also, I'm going to put a few snails in and a couple shrimp, probably ghost shrimp.
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WHOA! Hold on. First off 1 paradise fish will not work in a 5gal. If you put 3 in there, you'd have 2 dead paradise fish, and 1 beat up paradise fish.

Only thing suitable to a tank that size is a single betta and a few shrimp.
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A pea puffer might be a fun fish for this setup.
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A pea puffer? I have to say I've never heard of that before.
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I won't stock much as far as fish. i'd like to try paradise fish but I'm not sure if I can keep more than 2 or 3 in that small of an environment.
If you stock with a single labyrinth fish and plants, you can run the tank without filter for a completely quite operation.
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http://www.dwarfpuffers.com/

Also, just because you CAN keep labyrinth fish in stagnant water doesn't mean you should. I mean, you can keep them in a Dixie cup too, but should you?
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Also, just because you CAN keep labyrinth fish in stagnant water doesn't mean you should. I mean, you can keep them in a Dixie cup too, but should you?
If the plants, terrestrial or aquatic, are sucking out the nitrates, what's the problem? Where can I get a 5 gallon dixie cup?

Also, it seems like labryinth fish evolved precisely so they can survive in stagnant waters.
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Also, just because you CAN keep labyrinth fish in stagnant water doesn't mean you should. I mean, you can keep them in a Dixie cup too, but should you?

Well those are awful cute. That might just help me make my decision to keep one in the tank here at the office.

I just have to find a store around here that stocks them.
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I just have to find a store around here that stocks them.
Pea puffers may go for as much as $8 each.
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If the plants, terrestrial or aquatic, are sucking out the nitrates, what's the problem? Where can I get a 5 gallon dixie cup?

Also, it seems like labryinth fish evolved precisely so they can survive in stagnant waters.
I agree. I've seen pictures of people in asia collecting wild fish. Trust me, the flooded forest pools they caught bettas in didn't have filters, air pumps, or power heads. Besides, if you keep up with water changes as you should, you won't end up with nasty water.
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I agree. I've seen pictures of people in asia collecting wild fish. Trust me, the flooded forest pools they caught bettas in didn't have filters, air pumps, or power heads. Besides, if you keep up with water changes as you should, you won't end up with nasty water.
Well, that's not entirely accurate, either, since the wild habitat is a pretty stable ecosystem.

In the end, we're just trying to simulate the ecosystems in an aesthetically pleasing way. As long as the water is clean, and the fauna can survive in the conditions, I'm not sure there's a problem.
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Be careful as Acorus is not a true aquatic plant.
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just my 2 cents

Petland usually has them for around 2$

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I have a 6 gal nanocube that's planted and houses 2 dwarf puffers [there's a pic on the nano thread]. They're really entertaining--especially when they're hunting snails!

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Ok, the tank has been setup for just under 48 hours now. Most of the cloudiness is gone, there is still a haze in the tank, but I'm going to chang abotu 1/3 of the water today, I think that will help.

I put a 13W PC screw in bulb at 3500k. I think I'm going to try and find a bulb that will take me up to 6500 or 7000k, might have to order one online.

I cut the wisteria branches in thirds, and have placed them in the flourite. I let a few branches sit in a bucket of water overnight, and they grew a few root runners, so I'm putting them in the tank today.

I have a couple banana plants (not sure why, I just liked how they look) and the Cryptocoryne ciliata. The ciliata came undone a little, so now I have three sprouts in different places.

I'm going to take the Acorus out and take it home for my pond. But I need some thing to put in its' place.

I think I'll go to Petsmart at lunch and see if they have any red wendth or possibly an arrowhead, that would look good in that back corner as well.
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