04-27-2010, 12:08 PM
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Well I only have nano tanks... 1 5G and 2 10G.
I can't really regret anything since 2 were inherited and the newest 10G was purchased used for about $15, including filter, heater and light. (although the light sucks)
Well, scratch that, I do regret getting livebearers. Didn't test my water first, now I can only raise my PH to about 6.5
5G's can work well IMO, but you have to accept that it's going to have to be lightly stocked and heavily planted.
I run my 5G in a window under a lamp. It's got a heater, but no filter/airstone. I just crammed a bunch of plants in there.
I plan on getting some RCS and ember tetras for that tank when I get some $.
A betta can work well as long as you make it childproof- no sharp edges on the plant leaves... Some plants can tear their fins.
I did have a waterhyacinth in it but realised it took too much space- even though I currently have a swordplant in it.
To be honest, I'll probably only use it for shrimp and turn my other 10G into a tetra community... like 12 neons, 10 ember tetras, and maybe 3 pygmy corys or ottos, assuming I decide not to breed anything.
Not really sure what you were asking for in your topic..Ah, a cheap tank. I see now.
Well if you were to buy a 5G, get a filter, a heater, and a light, it would probably only be about $10 more to get a complete 10G tank.
If you want an au naturale 5g, it can work and is cheap if you don't mind it being limited stocking-wise.