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Old 07-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Newbie. 5 gallon tank help

Hello, I'm just starting out with a 5 gallon tank , I know it's small but that's what wanted. I've got the tank but no fish yet, what would be an ideal fish to put in this tank and how many? Thanks.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Is it cycled? Don't even think about fish if it isn't. Too many new fish keepers skip this step and it makes too many problems.
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betta, least killifish, shrimp or a pea puffer theres not much else that can go in a 5 gallon
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The tank has been running days now.i know that it needs to be set up and running before fish are added. I have had tanks before and know the basics but not is many years so I consider myself a newbie again lol. Maybe I'll get a bigger tank once I'm sure this is running well to put some "real" fish in
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It doesn't need to run a few days, it needs to run like a month. The tank has to go through the nitrogen cycle, do you know what that is? Then you can add fish.
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I would go with a pea puffer, personally.
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The tank has been running days now.i know that it needs to be set up and running before fish are added. I have had tanks before and know the basics but not is many years so I consider myself a newbie again lol. Maybe I'll get a bigger tank once I'm sure this is running well to put some "real" fish in
Running the tank for a few days is not considered a cycle unfortunately. You need to introduce an ammonia source to start, continue and maintain the nitrogen cycle.

Please read this article. It will explain the ways to cycle. You can decide what way best suits you and go from there.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ium/Page1.html
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Apparently I didn't know that , why don't they tell you these things when u go to pet stores and purchase. They said 24 hours. But I guess they aren't experts. I've come for advice, I haven't killed any fish and there is nothing in the tank yet. If it needs to run a month or so that's fine
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Thanks for the advice everyone
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There are products out there to jumpstart your cycle and also other ways to cycle it (fish/fishless)
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