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  1. Default Ryan's 5.5 Gallon Betta Rescue Tank Journal


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    Hi everyone,



    So as some of you may recall, I've been wanting to start another tank to rescue a Betta fish from the local chain pet store. I want to pick the sickest, discolored one that I can find, the one that no one wants, and nurse it back to health and give it the best life I can. I had initially started out with a 10 gallon tank, but have realized a 5.5 gallon will work perfectly on the small stand I have next to my other tank. I thought I'd start a thread on the tank and get everyone's opinions and advice.

    I don't yet have a picture of it, but tonight I poured my fluorite into the tank and filled it up. It's super cloudy right now, as expected, but should I let my filter run and clear it out, or should I just do a couple water changes? Does it matter? Next up is the top issue. I bought a kit, as the store didn't have any just 5.5 gallon tanks. I've got another AC30 I plan on using, but the light/hood it came with is only going to be temporary. I plan on getting a clear glass top, but am lost in terms of lights. Do they make T5 lights/LED lights for tanks this small?

    Thanks guys and gals!

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    Good Luck w/cycling - pRED Welcome to AC - mommy1 Welcome to the AC!  Good luck on your cycle.  The fish cycle... not the other one. - KevinVA For letting us "hyjack" your post! - steeler58 Here's some happy cycling thoughts or the most annoying gift in the shop... depends on your perspective. - mommy1 
    Congratulations, time for fish! - mommy1 Congrats on completing your cycle!  Here's a parrot, since I never see anyone gift parrots. - KevinVA Congrats on your cycle!...I guess....LOL - Slaphppy7 Have a "cold beer" for completing your cycle. - steeler58 Beautiful tank!  Here's an Apisto to get you started. - KevinVA 
    Here's to your new fish purchase! - steeler58 Welcome aboard! :-) - Taurus You came, you learned, you tanked! - SeaLady A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass Terribly sorry about recent events...your luck will get better - Slaphppy7 
    I just realized you don't have any barbs. - Compass Hard days ending in beer are usually evened out to be just the right side of OK. - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Cheers to new fish! - Sandz Sharing my winnings with my friends! - Compass 

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    What a great idea :)

    Hope it all goes to plan!
    Special thank you to mommy1, KevinVA and slaphppy7 for all the help, it has not been easy!

    "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday"

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    I hope so too!

    Here's the little tank, the filter is running on full blast to clear up all that fluorite dust, etc.

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    I have.always wanted to do something like that but I can only have one tank, I hope all goes well and I would go to walmart or petsmart first there bettas are always terrible looking.
    A true aquarist knows what it feels like to step on a sharp piece of gravel
    do as I say, not as I do- William
    Sandy hook, need lest we forget- steeler58
    I think if someone thinks clownfish are called nemos they should banned from keeping sw tank.

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    So just out of curiosity, would an internal filter work fine on a tank this size? I am wanting to build my own glass top, but the filter I have now gets in the way, and an internal filter would be so much easier. Any suggestions?

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    Here's my current plan. Being a nearly broke college student, I'd like to go low-tech with this tank. I plan on purchasing one of these:

    http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/ligh...pfm%3Dcategory

    I will set that under my tank and hang one of these from it:

    http://www.petsmart.com/reptile/heat...pfm%3Dcategory

    I've got one sitting around that I used to have for my Bearded Dragon. I'll screw a 6500K bulb into it and that will be that. As for the glass hood, I plan on building one following some directions I read online.

    Stay tuned.

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    Good Luck w/cycling - pRED Welcome to AC - mommy1 Welcome to the AC!  Good luck on your cycle.  The fish cycle... not the other one. - KevinVA For letting us "hyjack" your post! - steeler58 Here's some happy cycling thoughts or the most annoying gift in the shop... depends on your perspective. - mommy1 
    Congratulations, time for fish! - mommy1 Congrats on completing your cycle!  Here's a parrot, since I never see anyone gift parrots. - KevinVA Congrats on your cycle!...I guess....LOL - Slaphppy7 Have a "cold beer" for completing your cycle. - steeler58 Beautiful tank!  Here's an Apisto to get you started. - KevinVA 
    Here's to your new fish purchase! - steeler58 Welcome aboard! :-) - Taurus You came, you learned, you tanked! - SeaLady A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass Terribly sorry about recent events...your luck will get better - Slaphppy7 
    I just realized you don't have any barbs. - Compass Hard days ending in beer are usually evened out to be just the right side of OK. - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Cheers to new fish! - Sandz Sharing my winnings with my friends! - Compass 

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    You may want to move it away from the window, to limit algae growth.

    An internal would be fine, only needs to be small, Betta don't like a lot of flow or need it anyway. I would have gone with a 10g myself, looking at that one now. But sure enough it will be better off with you :)
    Special thank you to mommy1, KevinVA and slaphppy7 for all the help, it has not been easy!

    "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday"

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    I'll just shut the blinds. I was going to go with the 10 gallon, but couldn't find a decent spot to put it. I figure this would be better than the cold, tiny, plastic cup sitting on the shelf at WalMart. Or even a small fishbowl in a college dorm lol.

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    I wouldn't get a heat lamp it may boil your fish, I would just get a regular flourescent light bulb and make a shade so your not staring at a light bulb.
    A true aquarist knows what it feels like to step on a sharp piece of gravel
    do as I say, not as I do- William
    Sandy hook, need lest we forget- steeler58
    I think if someone thinks clownfish are called nemos they should banned from keeping sw tank.

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    Good Luck w/cycling - pRED Welcome to AC - mommy1 Welcome to the AC!  Good luck on your cycle.  The fish cycle... not the other one. - KevinVA For letting us "hyjack" your post! - steeler58 Here's some happy cycling thoughts or the most annoying gift in the shop... depends on your perspective. - mommy1 
    Congratulations, time for fish! - mommy1 Congrats on completing your cycle!  Here's a parrot, since I never see anyone gift parrots. - KevinVA Congrats on your cycle!...I guess....LOL - Slaphppy7 Have a "cold beer" for completing your cycle. - steeler58 Beautiful tank!  Here's an Apisto to get you started. - KevinVA 
    Here's to your new fish purchase! - steeler58 Welcome aboard! :-) - Taurus You came, you learned, you tanked! - SeaLady A round for the fallen this Memorial Day weekend. - Compass Terribly sorry about recent events...your luck will get better - Slaphppy7 
    I just realized you don't have any barbs. - Compass Hard days ending in beer are usually evened out to be just the right side of OK. - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Cheers to new fish! - Sandz Sharing my winnings with my friends! - Compass 

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonsaiGuy View Post
    I'll just shut the blinds. I was going to go with the 10 gallon, but couldn't find a decent spot to put it. I figure this would be better than the cold, tiny, plastic cup sitting on the shelf at WalMart. Or even a small fishbowl in a college dorm lol.
    True enough :) don't get me wrong, in not the preachy type. Sure he'll be happy!
    Special thank you to mommy1, KevinVA and slaphppy7 for all the help, it has not been easy!

    "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday"

    Planted tank log
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