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post #1 of 7 Old 07-06-2012, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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First small aquarium - With a story!

I have something to admit... I have never kept a "small" aquarium, my first real one I had a say in was 30 gallon and my parents and before that I kept the normal 20 baby turtles in a 20 gallon I'm a 10 year old tank (don't worry I let them go). When I decided to commit to a tropical fish aquarium my 90gallon was my first, I don't mention it often because its several years old and in need of a real makeover. My 60 gallon I have had for several years as a turtle tank and I took the leap into planted tanks with has turned out amazing so I will eventually be planting my 90 and getting a better lighting system for it when I'm ready to commit to the project. My newest tank is 150 gallons aquarium that I modified specifically for softshell turtles to allow maximum swimming space by siliconing in a nearly 2sq ft shelf that holds a sandbar. With all that said I know how to take care of fish and reptiles but I've never tried on a small scale...I had a 6ft iguana at one point.

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Well I've been looking for a good nano tank for a while and haven't been able to find one that I like, while on a mini vacation to great wolf lodge (indoor water park) I stopped by a saltwater and freshwater whole sale fish store and found the PERFECT tank for what I wanted to do, it was used with no internal filter but the light was good and the glass pristine. Priced at $70 the sales clerk dropped it to $40 for me because the internal filter has already been sold - great deal all happy a good day got 10 harlequin rasboras 3 kuhli loaches and a shiny new tank for $80 not bad. Take the tank outside, set it on my car and walk back to open my trunk... and tank starts to slide, slowly, slowly, I'm running, and SMASH! Shattered shiny new tank and some money wasted at the gain of a 13w light and some foam. Needless to say I'm mildly annoyed but oh well I found the tank I want and now it has been ordered

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So for small aquariums same basics with water changes and all that? I'm planning on raising yellow shrimp and I was considering 3 sparkling gourami once the yellow shrimp are fully established and the tank is planted

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-07-2012, 07:23 AM
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I have something to admit... I have never kept a "small" aquarium, my first real one I had a say in was 30 gallon and my parents and before that I kept the normal 20 baby turtles in a 20 gallon I'm a 10 year old tank (don't worry I let them go). When I decided to commit to a tropical fish aquarium my 90gallon was my first, I don't mention it often because its several years old and in need of a real makeover. My 60 gallon I have had for several years as a turtle tank and I took the leap into planted tanks with has turned out amazing so I will eventually be planting my 90 and getting a better lighting system for it when I'm ready to commit to the project. My newest tank is 150 gallons aquarium that I modified specifically for softshell turtles to allow maximum swimming space by siliconing in a nearly 2sq ft shelf that holds a sandbar. With all that said I know how to take care of fish and reptiles but I've never tried on a small scale...I had a 6ft iguana at one point.

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Well I've been looking for a good nano tank for a while and haven't been able to find one that I like, while on a mini vacation to great wolf lodge (indoor water park) I stopped by a saltwater and freshwater whole sale fish store and found the PERFECT tank for what I wanted to do, it was used with no internal filter but the light was good and the glass pristine. Priced at $70 the sales clerk dropped it to $40 for me because the internal filter has already been sold - great deal all happy a good day got 10 harlequin rasboras 3 kuhli loaches and a shiny new tank for $80 not bad. Take the tank outside, set it on my car and walk back to open my trunk... and tank starts to slide, slowly, slowly, I'm running, and SMASH! Shattered shiny new tank and some money wasted at the gain of a 13w light and some foam. Needless to say I'm mildly annoyed but oh well I found the tank I want and now it has been ordered

Fluval Nano Flora Aquatic Plant Kit at PETCO

So for small aquariums same basics with water changes and all that? I'm planning on raising yellow shrimp and I was considering 3 sparkling gourami once the yellow shrimp are fully established and the tank is planted
Wow, what a big bummer! I bought a Eheim Aquastyle on Amazon for $119. It's a nine gallon and it's beautiful - rounded glass corners :) I have Red Cherry Shrimp in it. I hardly ever do water changes, because when I test the nitrates they are at 0, incredibly. And I have like a zillion shrimp in there. It is so heavily planted, it's literally a jungle, so I guess that handles the waste, and the bio-load with just shrimp is small. You didn't mention what size yours is, but with fish in it also, you'd likely have to do weekly water changes of 50%. Fish will eat the baby shrimplets.

My suggestion is a species only tank. There are some really cute nano fish out there. I've seen some dwarf cories that are so cute!

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Ouch!! That was painful. Good luck with the new setup - it's going to be amazing.

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Sorry to hear about your misfortune but I am glad you were able to find a tank you can work with. I saw that same tank at a local fish store. What size constitutes a nano? Yours is about 7gal right? I have a Fluval Edge 6gal and I saw a post referring to a 29gal nano. To me nano would indicate small. Good luck with your new set up.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-07-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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The tank I'm getting is 8 gallons and it looks very spacious. I was considering a species only but I feel like I would get bored with it but we'll see how it goes. The game plan is to start with a dozen yellow shrimp in a fully planted tank and work some magic. If I were to get fish as well it would be sparkling gourami or oto catfish. Considering I can get $6+ a piece from local pet stores around here I might be better off making sure they don't get eaten. My 60gal planted has cherry red shrimp and nothing to eat them but they are shy so I wanted something I could see more often

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post #6 of 7 Old 07-09-2012, 11:24 AM
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In tanks 10g and less one must stay small with fish. There are many "dwarf" species and some of these can be combined so there is interest and activity even though a small tank.

The sparkling gourami would work, maybe 3, and one of the dwarf species of cory and the shrimp (if not small enough to be eaten). Other upper fish suggestions are the Boraras species of rasbora; Scarlet Badis; Celestial Pearl Danio; one of the other small gourami like Licorice, Eyespot; Ember Tetra. Some of these cannot be combined, and may have various specifics as noted in the profiles.

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-13-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Got the tank finally and ordered the yellow shrimp from knuggs as well as some plants. Game plan on plants so far is peacock moss, dwarf water lettuce, naja grass, water sprite, Long Silvertip Camboda, bronze crypt, and Hydrocotyle umbellata.

There will be a peice of manzanita driftwood as well but as is everything in here is from lake superior, sand sandstone and walnut



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