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Old 09-19-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Cool I think I'll buy a fish tank...

...famous last words. I don't know SQUAT about maintaining fish, but decided one day in Meijer's to buy this cool 5 gallon round tank with LED lighting. My wife loved the idea, and couldn't wait to get the thing together 7 put fish in it.

Who'da thunk you could overfeed fish? (RIP Rondo...RIP Rupert) and that the leftover food could become toxic.

So we started over, and I'm happy to report that the two new fish are doing great. Now I'm using the 5 gallon tank to learn, and get accustomed to maintaining freshwater fish before starting my newest venture...building a 30 gallon in a wall.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:53 PM   #2
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What types of fish are in the 5gallon
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:06 PM   #3
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Not a good first experience, huh? I cannot think of any fish that you could keep multiples of in 5 gallons.

Are you now cycling the tank? It's not just the food that made the living environment toxic.

This might help: I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!
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Yeah cycle the tank and you could always put a beautiful betta in there. Shrimp would be good too so many colors that you could do!!! I do think that there is a killifish that would be able to go in there... I'll go look that up.
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The aphyosemion australe killie would fit, but I would still offer them 10 gallons, having had them. Just because they can live in cramped quarters, doesn't mean they should.
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...famous last words. I don't know SQUAT about maintaining fish, but decided one day in Meijer's to buy this cool 5 gallon round tank with LED lighting. My wife loved the idea, and couldn't wait to get the thing together 7 put fish in it.

Who'da thunk you could overfeed fish? (RIP Rondo...RIP Rupert) and that the leftover food could become toxic.

So we started over, and I'm happy to report that the two new fish are doing great. Now I'm using the 5 gallon tank to learn, and get accustomed to maintaining freshwater fish before starting my newest venture...building a 30 gallon in a wall.
Oh yes ... not the best way to get introduced into this hobby. As crazy as it may sound ... in this hobby smaller tanks are better left for more experienced members who are accustomed to dealing with changing water parameters. Bigger is better AND easier ... IMO ... especially for beginners.

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Many Thanks!

Thanks everyone...the new fishies (and skrimps) are doing just fine. Sitting right here next to me on my desk. Now have a green glowfish, Platy, and fancy guppie along with two small ghost shrimp.

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