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Old 07-01-2009, 01:03 AM   #1
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Water Cooler Aquarium

Hey everyone, I was looking for some advice on a 5 gallon tank I am putting together. This will be my first tank, but itíll be a little unusual. Iím making a tank out of a gutted out water cooler, the kind you often see in offices and lunchrooms. I got the idea from the movie, Real Genius, if youíve seen it (if not I recommend it). As I said Iím new to aquariums (and completely lost), but I donít want to have the boring goldfish and/or beta fish everyone has. Iíve gone to my local pet store, but unfortunately they were not very knowledgeable. If anyone could please tell me what I would need to maintain a saltwater tank (saltwater because I noticed there were a lot more exciting fish in saltwater tanks, although I am open to suggestions in both kinds of water). Iím afraid I do not understand what factors (pH, salinity, temperature, etc) to watch and maintain. For the filter or heater (or what ever else would be suggested), Iíd like to run it through the opening in the bottom of the bottle. I donít know if a product is sold to accommodate this want. Of course I did cut the top, so it acts as a lid for feeding and lighting. Also, if anyone could suggest certain fish they prefer and their opinions on the way I should stock my project. Any ideas on fish, their combinations, amount of fish, and plants/rocks would be awesome. Unfortunately I know my tank is very small, so I canít accommodate exotic creatures like lionfish. But Iíd like to get as interesting as I can, something eye catching. So please let me know your opinions on my project, whether they be suggestions, questions, or telling me Iím crazy. Iíd love to hear from you. Thank you.

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Personally, I would not do it due to size and the amount of work that you would need to put into it. You would be better getting a real tank above 30 gallons which will be easier on you and the fish in the long run. In something that small a lot could go wrong, and fast. The more water volume, the better.
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