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SomeDudeAtHome 06-20-2011 09:40 AM

Thinking of setting up a nano tank
So I have a 5 gallon tank that I'm thinking of setting up to be a nano tank. I would just like everyone to look over things and make sure I'm not missing anything.

Tap water has a ph of about 7.0 but I do not know hardness.

I would be putting in a group of 5 pygmy cory, 3 sparkling gourami, an african dwarf frog and some shrimp. I can't tell if that's very crowded or a reasonable amount being dwarf species and I have no experience with them yet. Now if that's crowded throw some ideas at me. If not could I add some otos? Again I have no experience with a nano tank so I'm unsure about stocking levels.

The tank is/will be a low tech med.-heavily planted tank. It has driftwood, java moss, anubius, marmio ball, floating water sprite, and some foxtail.

I'm definitely open to suggestions on fish and plants and any help is appreciated.

SinCrisis 06-20-2011 09:43 AM

Seems like a lot of fish for a 5g, i think the frog puts it over the top, maybe just stick with the cory's and gourami's? As long as you keep up with WWCs, you should be fine. As for plants, the more the better for water conditions.

ladayen 06-21-2011 06:24 PM

Looking at the profiles written by Byron, It is not a good idea to have the cory's or the Gourami in a 5g, and certainly not both in that size. I would suggest you scrap those fish and start over.

SinCrisis 06-21-2011 10:14 PM

dwarf corys can definitely fit in a 5g, as a dwarf species, they produce less waste. Although they do need to shoal, dwaf corys will do fine as 5-6 in a 5g. Sparkling gourami are also smaller fish than other gourami's, 3 may be a bit much but they swim on a separate level from the cory's. As long as tank maintence is kept up, they should be fine.

SomeDudeAtHome 06-22-2011 10:16 AM

Thanks for the help guys. A reason I chose those two species is because they would fit in a 5g pretty well. Tank maintenance would be kept up really well for sure. I've never kept corys before and alwasy read how interesting they are and the sparkling gouramis seem really interesting too. Anyway I'm still undecided and keep finding more fish suitable for a 5g like rasboras so I'm not sure what I want to do yet. If anyone has experience with any specific species and would like to share I'd really appreciate it.

SinCrisis 06-22-2011 04:09 PM

any of the dwarf rasboras would do well in a 5g as well, you would be able to keep more of them as the mosquito ones are less than an inch fullgrown, you can keep 5-6 w.o any problems. With these dwarf species, you have less of a space issue but more of a bioload issue. As long as the fish you get swim at different levels, they will not be "overcrowded" meaning dwarf corys at the bottom will not interfere with rasboras or the gourami's that swim in the middle to top of the tank.

a 5g will also house 1 dwarf puffer, for more advanced fish-keeping. You can also have a betta, common, but they do very well in 5g tanks and you can keep them with some bottom dwelling fish like the dwarf corys as well. Snails and shrimps are always options, a 5g can house a Cherry Shrimp colony healthily and they are easy to care for.

jennesque 06-22-2011 10:58 PM

I thought dwarf cory don't stick to the bottom of the tank like most corys do.

bigehugedome 06-23-2011 07:23 AM

Be careful if you decide to to a betta and corys together, I learned the hard way that betta's are not always friendly.

Also for betta and gourami, you should some floating plants and low water flow from the filter. I think the dwarf corys are sensitive so I wouldn't add them first. I would love to see pics of this tank. Good luck!
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SinCrisis 06-23-2011 09:57 AM

uh, betta and gourami is a huge NONO, both inhabit the same area of the tank and exhibit brighter colors. It is common for them to fight for territory. Bettas and cory on the other hand, is generally ok, obviously some bettas are worse tempered than others, but the dwarf cories are 1)small, 2)dull colored, 3) travel in groups. This means that the betta will most likely ignore or not bother with the cories. I have a shoal of 6 dwarfs in my main tank and they do venture to the top of the tank at times to grab air, but spend 90% of their time at the bottom of the tank. Their mouth positions are downwards so they scavenge and feed off the bottom of the tank. Bettas and gourami's have upwards facing mouth positions so they feed from the top of the tank, hence territorial at the top.

bigehugedome 06-23-2011 10:16 AM

Whoops, I did not want it to sound like I was suggesting both betta's and gourami in the same tank. I just wanted to give some pointers if he decided to pick either a betta or a gourami. Good info though. Thanks sin
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