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  1. LasColinasCichlids
    04-30-2011 10:32 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    LOL Yeah, the DPs are awesome. Originally that was what my 5 gal was going to house, but finding DPs is very hard where I am (although there are plenty of GSP, I dont wish to go that large or brackish). Yeah, my hubby thinks I have lost it too. He thought my new 15 gal was to replace my 5 gal all together, bursted his bubble and informed him the 5 gal was going to go to the bedroom. He was happier when I mentioned shrimp or a crab in it, as that is more his level of fish interest, lol. Let me know what you do and post pics! DPs are awesome, and if I ever come across them in one of my LFS, they will come home with me immediately. If you need any info on them let me know, I have researched them to no end and am fully educated on them!
  2. LasColinasCichlids
    04-30-2011 09:57 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    I actually started a thread about a shrimp set up and got tons of feedback, and except for established tank water the tank can be relatively new. When I set mine up, I will seed it from another tank, and stick in one or two of my fish from another tank to keep ammonia in the tank while I wait to buy my shrimps...and as planted as it will be and with seeding, no fish should experience any spike at all in ammonia or nitrite.
  3. LasColinasCichlids
    04-30-2011 09:55 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    I hear endlers are short lived, but they are cool. With a single DP in a 5 gal, a weekly 50% water change is all you would need as special care other than a soft shelled pond snail or bladder snail, and some live food. As far as low light, there are quite a few low light plants. My 15 gal is actually VERY low light, and I am growing very successfully 2 pennyworts and 5 crypt. wendtii. I do plan on upping my bulbs soon, but low light plants are pretty easy to find and take care of. I actually dont do anything special on lighting for any aqautic plants...I just make sure the lights are on in the tank for a while each day (at least 12 hours of darkness for the fish), and once a week put in my fert.
  4. LasColinasCichlids
    04-30-2011 09:40 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    Hmm... 5 gallon... there are a few options. There is a shrimp tank, which is what I think I am going to do with my 5 gal. There is a pair of ADFs. The betta. Glowlight Danios would probably work. Even a handful of neons (5-6). You can also keep a dwarf puffer in a 5 gal. Three Glofish would work. (of course for any of these the tank needs to be heated as well as filtered, unless completely packed with plants). Byron also had posted a thread with an article on new super tiny fish species, all of which can be kept in a 5 gal if water parameters meet up. Hmm... there are a few more options, I just cant think of their names. I am tempted to say sparkling gourami, but they need to be in groups of 6, which is pushing it in a 5 gal. Or just a solo dwarf gourami would probably work in a 5 gal. Let me know if you need more suggestions and I can go digging around and see what else is a possibility.
  5. LasColinasCichlids
    04-24-2011 01:31 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    If the meds needed to treat that have that effect on beneficial bacteria, then yeah, I'd keep a constant alert tab in the tank for ammonia so you arent testing all day and do a water change when you see a spike. If you use one of the constant alert tabs, they will alert you very quickly, but it may take a couple of hours for it to reset. Or just do a daily 50% water change...whichever is easiest for you. But it sounds like that is a good thing. However, if you can get some live plants, especially stem ones, in the tank, that will help a lot with any spikes...if enough plants there might not even be a spike as they will absorb it all.
  6. LasColinasCichlids
    04-23-2011 10:49 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    And that is a good price on them as normally they are like $12 where I am at. I would mention to the shop that they are sick and ask them to discount them or at the very least sell you the meds for free with their purchase.
  7. LasColinasCichlids
    04-23-2011 10:48 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    Hey Gwen...regarding the rainbows...if you put a handful or so of live plants into that spare tank, and seed the tank with gravel and/or decor from another established/cycled tank, if only the two of them are in there, that should be plenty (I just went through the whole seeding of the tank thing myself for my new 15g). I would think you wouldnt have to do that much of water changes if there will only be the 2 in the set up, and I would think that all those extra water changes would interact with the treatment. Basically, I am saying that if its seeded and planted you shouldnt have to worry about a cycle for just 2 fish in that size tank. Do you have another group of rainbows you will be adding them to? I am sure you know, but just incase, they need to be in a group of 6 and have a large and long tank when better as they are social and active fish. ;)
  8. LasColinasCichlids
    04-21-2011 08:28 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    Take your time on the pics, I know what a hassle it can be to get good pics and upload. But I will be looking forward to seeing them!
  9. LasColinasCichlids
    04-20-2011 08:11 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    LOL You got it!
  10. LasColinasCichlids
    04-18-2011 09:26 PM - permalink
    LasColinasCichlids
    We have been co-posting in tons of threads lately, and I realized we werent "friends", so I sent you a request. :)

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