07-07-2012, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Varkolak
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.
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!