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post #1 of 4 Old 01-13-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

Ok, so my LFS retired and new folks bought it, and I know more about fishkeeping than they do, which is sad, because I consider myself new at this still. So im not going to go in there anymore, very bad vibe.

So does anyone have a 5 gallon tank they are looking to sell? I want to start a shrimp tank that will sit on my counter.

Also, I need to aquire the shrimp. No pet store in this area has anything. I would like Cherry shrimp, along with other shrimp that like similar water perameters. Does anybody know where I could get these guys?

I'm torn on dark or light colored substrate. I'm going to use sand.

Also, any recommendations for live plants that would to well in a 5 gallon? I also need to aquire a proper light.

I get along better with my fish, than most people.
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-14-2012, 06:25 PM
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As you are in Oregon, you might want to check into The Wet Spot, a fish store in Portland. They have a website. This is a store with a very high reputation among aquarists. It is a true hobbyists store, and they get in some very rare fish.

On substrate, if you have fish, darker is better. I use Quikrete playsand. Good pants for a 5g are pygmy chain sword, dwarf sword, Corkscrew Vallisneria, crypts. For floating, Brazilian Pennywort works in smaller spaces.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-14-2012, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, great thank you Bryon. So I found a nice 5 gallon tank, and lid. I got some sand substrate, it was treated. It's about 3 inches deep. It's heated, holding at 78. I bought 7 white mountain cloud minnows, to help with cycling. They are small and have some growing to do. I bought a few plants, one of them was the pennywart you mentioned. When the tank clears up, I'll try to get a few pics up.

One question, is 3 inches too deep for the sand? I transplanted a two rooted plants from the two gallon. I'm wondering too if I should add a root tab or two.

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Ok, great thank you Bryon. So I found a nice 5 gallon tank, and lid. I got some sand substrate, it was treated. It's about 3 inches deep. It's heated, holding at 78. I bought 7 white mountain cloud minnows, to help with cycling. They are small and have some growing to do. I bought a few plants, one of them was the pennywart you mentioned. When the tank clears up, I'll try to get a few pics up.

One question, is 3 inches too deep for the sand? I transplanted a two rooted plants from the two gallon. I'm wondering too if I should add a root tab or two.
I would not have more than 2 inches of sand, that's all I have in my large tanks; in a 5g probably only 1.5 inches overall. You won't have plants with extensive root systems in a 5g.

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