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Old 06-03-2013, 04:32 PM   #1
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5 gallon tank possible?

Hubs wants a saltwatertank and I am buying a five gallon tank later today off of craigslist. Is it possible to have a 5 gallon saltwater tank? Or is it not worth the effort?

I am going to do small since he is like a child and will get bored easily with it. And being a SAHM with 2 children under 3 there is only so many hours in the day...
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Hubs wants a saltwatertank and I am buying a five gallon tank later today off of craigslist. Is it possible to have a 5 gallon saltwater tank? Or is it not worth the effort?

I am going to do small since he is like a child and will get bored easily with it. And being a SAHM with 2 children under 3 there is only so many hours in the day...
It is possible, difficult, but possible. How experienced in SW are you?
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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It is possible, difficult, but possible. How experienced in SW are you?
None. At all. That's why I wanted to start small.
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Small tanks are very difficult. I am actually in the process of taking apart a 2 gallon that I couldn't keep up with... My 55 is much easier. Small tanks have large water quality swings very easily, as well as temperature. The larger the water volume the easier to maintain parameters, and correct when needed...
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So like a 20 gallon would be easier? And it's easier because the water parameters will be more stable and less erratic?
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I have a 5 gallon nano with two baby clown fish (which ill be moving in a few months to my 29 gal biocube) and a clown goby and a twin spot sand sifting goby everyone's happy so far no losses
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You will have to top off with freshwater daily though
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You will have to top off with freshwater daily though
That's easy I am assuming I would have to check everything everyday as well as add freshwater?
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Please don't think keeping a 5 gallon tank is easy...
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:12 PM   #10
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Maintaining a 5 gallon is easy I have two, never lost a fish and never lost any invertebrates. Used live sand and live rock and cycled in a month. Added clown fish and gobies and such and everyone has been happy every since. Top of water everyday and my water parameters have ever gone pass 1.0 in any case. I have had both aquariums for about 3 months now and they are doing great. As long as you stay on top of monthly water changes or a cup a week water change method you will be fine.
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