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post #1 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on What to do with 1 Gallon Tank

Hi I am very new to the fish world but very eager to learn! I was given a MiniBow1 desktop aquarium kit for my birthday recently. It's a 1 Gallon Tank came with a filter thats 120 volts 60 hz and an incandescent aquarium reflector 120 volt 7 watt 60 hz. I have been reading around the site and also found out first hand that unfortunately this isn't the proper tank for a betta. I have been reading about possibly snails or shrimp being good for this size but I'm having trouble where to get started. I attached a picture of the tank also. Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 06:13 PM
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read about fishless cycles. i suggest using it for either shrimp and/or snails or a place to hatch baby brine shrimp.

a black background with some cherry red shrimp would be a nice setup...

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post #3 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 06:24 PM
Welcome to TFK. I think that onefish2fish's suggestion would look great. I have not had experience with shrimp, but have seen cherry red shrimp in pet store and think they would really show up with the black background. Let us know what you are going to try.
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read about fishless cycles. i suggest using it for either shrimp and/or snails or a place to hatch baby brine shrimp.

a black background with some cherry red shrimp would be a nice setup...

welcome to the forum.

Cherry Red Shrimp were exactly what I was looking into most, most sites recommend lots of places for the shrimp to hide but said it didnt have to be live plants. Also a heater to keep the tank above 75 degrees. Was wondering if there was a good small on the cheap side heater for my small tank. Also how many shrimp would be good in this tank?
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Cherry Red Shrimp were exactly what I was looking into most, most sites recommend lots of places for the shrimp to hide but said it didnt have to be live plants. Also a heater to keep the tank above 75 degrees. Was wondering if there was a good small on the cheap side heater for my small tank. Also how many shrimp would be good in this tank?
I have only recently seen small heaters to be used in small betta tanks sold in Petsmart. I have no experience with how well they work, nor what size tanks they are for (other than "small"). You may be able to find them. I was just browsing when I noticed them, so I didn't look into details.
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 07:00 PM
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Tetra HT-10 Submersible Heater : Heaters

Big Al's has a Tetra fixed (78 degrees) heater for tanks up to 10 gal. for $9.99. They have others also.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 07:38 PM
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I agree the cherry shrimp would be a good idea. You would need to put something over the filter intake like a piece of panty hose so they will not get sucked into it. I would say you could do between 5-10 they are small anddo not have much of a bioload. I have 6 in a 2.5 gallon tank with real plants and think I could easily have a few more in there.

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I agree the cherry shrimp would be a good idea. You would need to put something over the filter intake like a piece of panty hose so they will not get sucked into it. I would say you could do between 5-10 they are small anddo not have much of a bioload. I have 6 in a 2.5 gallon tank with real plants and think I could easily have a few more in there.
what kind of plants do you have in your tank? also where did you purchase the plants? do you use sand or fine gravel? also did you do food fishless cycling/how long did you cycle before you put the shrimp in the tank?

thanks for the advice very helpful!

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post #9 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 08:34 PM
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I f you have enough plants you do not have to cycle because they will absorb any ammonia that is produced. I have java moss that is growing on a mountain decoration, duckweed that floats, a Cryptocoryne that I can't remember the name of, and a clipping of a stem plant that I think is cabomba. I have small black gravel in my tank. Here is a picture so you can see it.

and two of my shrimps:

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55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #10 of 12 Old 11-14-2011, 08:36 PM
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Petco has an small tank heater w/o thermostate... for 1-5 gallon tanks. I have a 5 gal and put the heater in the water starting in fall once temps are consistently under 75 in the house. (live in Texas, huge variation in temps) The little heater can go under gravel but I just have it behind a plant in back. It was very inexpensive and I have used it for years.
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