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Old 08-13-2005, 07:17 PM   #1
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new small aquarium

want to set up a small 5 gallon aquarium for my apartment, looking at the 5 gallon eclipse lookalikes at walmart, wondering if i could put three platy and maybe two sword tail in it (does sex of fish matter? if so how can you tell the difference), i guess the aquarium comes as a kit with most of the stuff, but do i need anything elseother than plants and gravel? any advice would be appreciated! thanks!
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I am not sure what is in these kits....does it have a heater?

2-4 platys is going to pretty much max-out an aquarium of that size....swords get larger, so you might manage (with nothing else) 2 of those.
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Old 08-13-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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If you're thinking of buying the one I think you are, you'll need a heater and thermometer. A small 25 Watt heater will be fine. You may want an airstone since the 5 gal Eclipse lookalike that I bought has the water output from the filter below the water line. It makes a great betta tank, no current.
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it has filter, food, water conditioner, and florescent light in the kit if that information helps any! thanks again!
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yeah well that totally helps, those are good fish you have but i would say something smaller, are you interested in any small fish or like fishy said...a betta with some ghost shrimp and a african dwarf frog would be great
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glo lights and neons tetras are also interesting, but how many do you need to have, must they be in schools of 4+ of the same species of tetra or even fish type? could a few of those live with a platy or swordtail? thanks for helping a new kid out!
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Tetras and other schooling fish are not ideal for a 5 gal tank because they prefer to be in numbers. You can't put 6 Tetras into a 5 gal tank. The Betta is a good option. There just aren't many fish for a 5 gal.
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yeah, pretty much...i could only think of maybe an endlers or killifish but those are hard to find sometimes and could be costly but only about 2 would work

take a look at my gallery and look at my new betta tank...its only a 3 gallon and has a betta, ADF and ghost shrimp and looks great
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Would a single dwarf puffer work, perhaps?
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single dwarf puffer is a cool idea, but not sure where i would get one of those, do have them at any pet store chains ie petco, etc? also does a snail count into the one inch per gallon equation for an aquarium? thanks again for all of the help!
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Snails don't produce much waste so you can push that rule with them, generally. Puffers are easy to find at petsmart and the like, at least here.
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how easy is it to care for puffers? how much do they cost? thanks again for the help!
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my local petsmart almost always has dwarf puffers in...
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Caring for dwarf puffers seems pretty easy, except they need live/frozen foods. I don't think they cost more than a few bucks a pop. After this thread I'm thinking of setting up a little 5 gallon tank with one, too.
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this sounds like neat suggestion, does anyone know if any other fish or snails, other that otos, are compatible with a puffer? thanks again for the help!
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