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Old 04-04-2015, 08:15 PM   #1
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New light suggestions pls :-)

I have bought a basic rectangle 5g tank. I want a reasonably priced clip on light that will be sufficient enough to grow some low-medium plants.

Would love to have any recommendations. I will be buying online as I'm in the UK. Thanks

I will not be running co2, this is low tech and I don't want to encourage algae with a light that is too strong for my basic set up.

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Old 04-06-2015, 04:39 AM   #2
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Would also appreciate petite plant species recommendations along with the light advice if possible?!

I'm hoping to have some red cherry shrimp....not done shrimp before. Might try a peaceful betta I with them too. A betta and 5 small shrimp ok for a 5g?


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Would also appreciate petite plant species recommendations along with the light advice if possible?!

I'm hoping to have some red cherry shrimp....not done shrimp before. Might try a peaceful betta I with them too. A betta and 5 small shrimp ok for a 5g?


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Good luck finding a Betta that will work with cherry shrimp. Their bright coloration often does not work well with bettas. Best advise for keeping both is LOTS of hiding places for the shrimp.

You could do RCS and a school of micro fish like rasboras, endless, or some killifish.


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Old 04-06-2015, 06:28 AM   #4
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I know, I think it is very dependant on the betta's personality!

I thought my 5g would be too small even for nano fish, I assumed they would need a reasonable sized school?? Something to think about tho, thanks


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New light suggestions pls :-)

Waiting for Theresa or Dee to hop in here. They are a lot better with micro fish than me. There are some species that will work though. It is just commonly known that *MOST* bettas will not work with colorful shrimp.


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I have bought a basic rectangle 5g tank. I want a reasonably priced clip on light that will be sufficient enough to grow some low-medium plants.

Would love to have any recommendations. I will be buying online as I'm in the UK. Thanks

I will not be running co2, this is low tech and I don't want to encourage algae with a light that is too strong for my basic set up.

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Check eBay,finnex offers some decent led clip on fixtures..
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As for small plants: ofcourse the usual anubias nana/petite, pogostemon is also nice. Dwarf sagittaria is a fun one as well. As for the back of the tank maybe try some medium-smal crypts.


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Check eBay,finnex offers some decent led clip on fixtures..

Great, thanks! I will look them up now....I do so love setting up a new tank


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As for small plants: ofcourse the usual anubias nana/petite, pogostemon is also nice. Dwarf sagittaria is a fun one as well. As for the back of the tank maybe try some medium-smal crypts.


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Excellent, thanks Haven't herd of the pogostemon before, will check that out.


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Excellent, thanks Haven't herd of the pogostemon before, will check that out.


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If is the Helferi species just know it takes a while for the roots to establish and get going. I've never had much luck with it. But others have so not to discourage you more just inform.


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