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Old 04-19-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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What to do with 5 gal or less aquariums

Hey, All!

I've seen several people on here asking about stocking a less-than-5-gal. aquarium and being told "nothing, throw it out!"

I agree with not having fish in there, but as I was researching how to set up a terrarium, I found some really cool images from people who have converted betta tanks into kick-butt terrariums....so if you have one, don't throw it out! Repurpose, recycle, make an awesome centerpiece

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Old 04-19-2014, 01:55 PM   #2
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Lovely! Great for herbs, too, from the looks of the lighted ones.
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:05 PM   #3
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Well if you wanted to go pico reefing ...



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Old 04-21-2014, 08:15 PM   #4
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Great idea, i have a 25 L tank, never thought of doing something like that with it...thankyou
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Or make it a planted with some shrimp!
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There is a planted bowl thread on here that had tons of great examples!
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Thinking about setting up a saltwater tank gives me the nervous, cold sweats....I'm still figuring out fresh water Likewise, shrimp make me nervous, becuause they breed readily, right? I'm not sure I have the guts to cull the flock

A planted water bowl sounds lovely too....all of the ideas do! Hmmm....turns out you do have options for nano tanks, whoda thunk it?
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Shrimp do breed quick when they are happy but if you have too many you can always sell/trade them or even use them as live food for some fish.
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Thinking about setting up a saltwater tank gives me the nervous, cold sweats....I'm still figuring out fresh water Likewise, shrimp make me nervous, becuause they breed readily, right? I'm not sure I have the guts to cull the flock



A planted water bowl sounds lovely too....all of the ideas do! Hmmm....turns out you do have options for nano tanks, whoda thunk it?

Saltwater nanos really aren't THAT difficult if you do your research and make solid investments, so don't get the idea that you can never do a saltwater just because it's more difficult. Saltwater reefs are some of the most amazing and beautiful aquariums you can have IMO
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Saltwater nanos really aren't THAT difficult if you do your research and make solid investments, so don't get the idea that you can never do a saltwater just because it's more difficult. Saltwater reefs are some of the most amazing and beautiful aquariums you can have IMO
I know! The last town I lived in, there was a fish store devoted to just saltwater...he had the most beautiful tanks I've ever seen, anywhere. The sheer variety corals and sea anenomes are just mind-blowing. Plus, yanno, I think owning a starfish probably belongs on my bucket list. I'm going to take the plunge someday, when I get the guts to and the funds to do it right
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