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post #1 of 28 Old 11-26-2008, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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what to do with a spare 5.5 gallon?

i wouldnt normaly bother with qestions like this and in normal circimstances i would empty it a chuck it on the shed roof with the other 4 tanks but due to having to set up my new shrimp tank next door to cycle(shrimp were in the 5.5) its now boxed in to the unit by the shrimps 20g gets moved which wont be for a long while and if i have to look at it it may as well be put to some use

anyone have any interesting ideas on what to do with this?
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post #2 of 28 Old 11-26-2008, 11:48 PM
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im fresh outta ideas, however in the bottom, all the way to the right of the picture looks like the tank is off of the edge. if it is, i dont recommend it.
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post #3 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 12:16 AM
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What about some sort of killifish? There are plenty of killies that would work well in a tank that size.

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post #4 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 09:55 AM
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A betta! He/she would be very happy in a 5.5 gallon tank and they have such personalities that you would never get bored with him/her. Watch out though; they're addicting!

Yeah, is the tank off the edge? If so, it is at risk for breaking because of uneven stress points. I would move it.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
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post #5 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 10:36 AM
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in my case id use it as a breeding tank. and i like the above idea... a betta would look nice in there, maybe a crowntail?

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post #6 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 11:02 AM
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Uhh... Everyone does bettas. Do something new. Bettas, to me, are somewhat boring once you experience other fish (no offence to betta lovers).

Like Batman said, a few Killies would look cool. You could also plant it very heavily with hornwort, elodea, and/or other dense plants and keep about 4 Sparkling Gouramis.

If you really like the tank, then do a planted nano. Get a half a dozen Boras Merah (or any similar), or some type of Micro Rasbora.
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post #7 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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its not of any edge its partialy behind the support for the rest of the unit which is why its stuck there and cant be moved hence this thread, the gap is just were the support hole is a little large
just to clear this up...

im in agreemant with cody on the bettas im not really a betta person (sorry betta people) killis would be interesting
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post #8 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 12:04 PM
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Do some aquatic frogs! They are funny creatures. I have had african dwarf frogs before, my LFS sells them. You could maybe think about an albino clawed frog to, but I can't remember what size tank they require. :) Here be a link, yo. xD http://allaboutfrogs.org/info/specie...edordwarf.html

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post #9 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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the rule seems to be 1 gallon per frog African Dwarf Frog Housing and Feeding but i would up that to 2.5g each to be on safe side that would still give room for a pair.........and have much simpler water parameters compared to the killis

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post #10 of 28 Old 11-27-2008, 04:59 PM
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How about 2-3 Pomacea bridgesii or a lone Pomacea canaliculata, Pomacea insularum or Pomacea haustrum? The last three are very large hence why I suggested only one.

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Haustrums-close to insularum
Cana-baseball size

All three above are also voracious plant eaters so they're not the least bit fussy when it comes to food. You can supplement their diet with calcium using cuttlefish bone or eggshells to rasp on or simply drop a calcium tablet for them to eat.
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