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Old 01-12-2016, 07:04 PM   #1
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Hi! I'm Ashton, I am a soon-to-be college student and athlete. I play soccer and I am completely new to fish keeping and I haven't even gotten my first tank set up or going yet. I am very excited though! My university has let me know that I can bring one 5gal tank with me to school, and since I will be a pre-veterinary student. I thought it would be fitting to bring a pet along, but I have been doing my research on fish (so that my fish will be healthy and happy!) and I look forward to meeting and speaking with all of you!
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Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing you around here!
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Welcome and congrats on pre vet! Couldn't talk my daughter into it unfortunately What school will you be attending?
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I'll be attending Lindenwood University-Belleville in Illinois! I hope she finds something better than helping animals then! Thanks for the welcome!

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She's a chem major, was going to go pre med but I think she's leaning towards research now.

Any ideas how you'd like to stock the 5g?
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Hello and welcome. I have an idea for your tank that you might like. Since you seem so eager to learn about water creatures my suggestion is shrimp and plants, they aren't typically recommended for beginners but I think you can do it with practice and learning.

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She's a chem major, was going to go pre med but I think she's leaning towards research now.

Any ideas how you'd like to stock the 5g?
Well since I'm going to college, I was thinking something simple in the tank like a small betta and a buddy bottom-feeder (if the tank isn't too small) but I know that bettas are aggressive and I'd be pleased with just one and some plants, but I don't know anything about aquatic planting 0:

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Hello and welcome. I have an idea for your tank that you might like. Since you seem so eager to learn about water creatures my suggestion is shrimp and plants, they aren't typically recommended for beginners but I think you can do it with practice and learning.

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What kind of plants and shrimp would you recommend?

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Red cherry shrimp, they are actually very, very easy to breed and pretty easy to keep. As for as plants, they would love java moss and moss balls. Some other plants and stuff you could have a little anubias on a driftwood...that's all the plants I know of. Autumnsky would know much more.

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You could start with any of the Neo color varieties, red cherries just seem to be the easiest to find. They aren't particular about what types of plants they like so if lighting is low that's not a problem. Sponge filter is fine. They do best in an established tank though; adding things like leaves, cholla wood, etc help with growth of biofilm.
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