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  1. Default 5 gallon tank for beginner?


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    Hi,

    I am new here, and have been reading a lot about fish keeping. I know that it is generally best to start out with the largest tank possible, but I just don't have the room right now. I was wondering if a 5 gallon aquarium, like the aqueon minibow, would be good for a beginner if I just stocked it with a betta and some live plants.

    Thanks for your help,

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    obviously people keep a beta in 5gal tanks, some even get a ten gal and put in a divider and keep a betta on each side.
    If you can eke out some room for something bigger tho, whatever larger size you can manage would be recommended.

    I keep my betta and a few neons in a ten gal...

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    i wouldnt push anything more than the betta in the 5g tank. of course live plants would be a bonus, just watch the light levels as its super easy to fall into a high lighting with such a small tank. seeing how your are just beginning i would suggest looking at low light plants. unless you want to take on a co2 and fert research
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    as you know the bigger the tank the easier it is to keep. it sounds weird, but it is true.
    go for the biggest you can get. if that is a 5 gallon i would get a betta with live plants and some fake decorations, as you said.
    and i think you know what the nitrogen cycle is and what it is. if not there is a sticky in the beginner section.
    remember to get a filter twice the size of your tank. so if you get a 5 gallon than you need a 10 gallon filter.
    and you need to get an master test kit to cycle. good luck

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    since this is a 5g and a betta, i would suggest a low flow air powered filter like a sponge filter. they arent the best for looks but a small tanks is every easy to have too much flow....
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    I think you'd do great with a 5 gallon for your first tank.
    Someone also told me that the bigger the tank, the easier they are to keep. I have to disagree with that.
    I can clean my 5 gal in 10 minutes easy. My 90, however takes almost 2 hours. So keep that in mind.
    It is good, however, to get the largest tank you have room for because it always seems once you get a small tank, you wish you had a larger one.
    but if you're content with a betta then the 5 is a great way to go. and betta's are gorgeous and happy in 5 gal tanks.
    I have 2 HOB Cascade 20 filter's on my 5 gal betta tank. each are rated for 7 gallons. The flow is ridiculously gently (which is GREAT for bettas) because they don't like current.

    In any event, all advice given above is good and if you don't like the idea of a sponge filter, 2 cascade 20's are perfect for a 5 gal tank.
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    The larger the tank the easier it is to keep water parameters stable - hence it being easier for beginners who may make mistakes. It doesn't necessarily mean there is less effort involved. If you make a mistake with 30 gallons of water, the effect on the inhabitants can be less than that of a mistake being made with 5 gallons of water.

    I have a 30 gallon and a 6.5 gallon. The 30 gallon is MUCH easier to maintain (in terms of consistency and quality).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~firefly~ View Post
    The larger the tank the easier it is to keep water parameters stable - hence it being easier for beginners who may make mistakes. It doesn't necessarily mean there is less effort involved. If you make a mistake with 30 gallons of water, the effect on the inhabitants can be less than that of a mistake being made with 5 gallons of water.

    I have a 30 gallon and a 6.5 gallon. The 30 gallon is MUCH easier to maintain (in terms of consistency and quality).
    that is exactly what i mean. the filter i would recommend would be an aqua clear 20. sounds like an over kill but i think it is perfect. you have a flow adjuster on it which makes the current pretty slow and good for a betta.

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    Yep, pretty much!

    A 5 gallon is about the smallest tank I'd attempt with livestock. Go smaller and equipment becomes a bad fit and you have 0 room for error. Some plants, perhaps a few cherry shrimp and a betta would work well.

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