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Old 12-26-2014, 11:53 PM   #1
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Went from 0 to 3 tanks in two months.

I've been keeping fish since I was a kid, but hadn't had any for maybe four or five years. I live in a tiny apartment, so nano tanks were my only option, really. I picked up a cheap 5gal hex tank of craigslist, cleaned it out, and decided I wanted to try live plants (first time for that one).

Since then it's ballooned into that tank being heavily planted with a couple white clouds, a lightly planted 5.5gal Red Cherry Shrimp Tank, and I just picked up another 5gal hex today at a thrift store.

In the next month or two I'd like to get the new tank planted and cycled and housing a dwarf puffer. Also considering planting the shrimp tank very heavily and adding a betta. Thoughts on low-tech plants (low to high light) for both tanks?
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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shrimp love java moss but it tends to get everywhere. I prefer Marimo mossballs.
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The Betta may slaughter the Shrimp. I'd keep separate. Ghost Shrimp can live with a Betta.


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The Betta may slaughter the Shrimp. I'd keep separate. Ghost Shrimp can live with a Betta.
Good call. I've read that it depends on the betta. Would heavy planting help that? Still not sure if I want the betta or not.
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Petco's $1/gal sale is probably happening in your area starting yesterday or tomorrow. Great time to snag a tank !!!


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Old 12-27-2014, 09:37 PM   #6
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Good call. I've read that it depends on the betta. Would heavy planting help that? Still not sure if I want the betta or not.

Well I put 3 RCS in a heavily planted 10g. with a Betta. I saved 1.


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Petco's $1/gal sale is probably happening in your area starting yesterday or tomorrow. Great time to snag a tank !!!
I wish I had the space for another tank. All my available space (and some that wasn't) is full until I move. I'd love to start a larger tank soon though.

Coursair:Thanks for the advice. I think I will keep it just shrimp, Don't want to risk losing too many of them.
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Well, I just messed up a water change pretty bad and lost all the fish in the 5gal hex. Pretty sure I know what happened (water directly from the tap is a bad idea), but I feel awful. I guess I need to think about stocking two 5gals now.
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Well, I just messed up a water change pretty bad and lost all the fish in the 5gal hex. Pretty sure I know what happened (water directly from the tap is a bad idea), but I feel awful. I guess I need to think about stocking two 5gals now.

I do that every time without issues. Did you forget to add conditioner ?


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I do that every time without issues. Did you forget to add conditioner ?
Yep. That's exactly what happened.
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