06-25-2014, 08:17 PM
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Need help stocking a 5 gal - plus travel advice
Hi! So I start college in the fall, and my school allows for underwater pets in tanks up to five gallons, so I got a five gal fish tank for my dorm room. I've kept a 25 gal saltwater tank in a class for a few months and loved it but that's about the extent of my experience with fish (have had reptiles, dogs, cats, etc so I'm used to pets/responsible all that jazz). I'm looking for an alternative to just a betta for my tank, though I know that's a good option. So basically I'm looking for stocking suggestions for a live planted well maintained 5 gallon.
Secondarily I want to start it so I can have a long time to allow it to fully cycle and get used to keeping the fish in terms of water changes and feeding etc this summer, but my school is about 3 hours away by car, so should I deal with travelling with the fish or just wait and get them when I go to school. I'll need to travel with them at some point anyways potentially for long breaks and summer, so should I wait to get the tank set up and get fish or do it now, the car ride might affect stocking options for me too I don't really know.
Thanks in advance for any advice!!