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    I have four 5g planted tanks, each stocked with fish. Look at the smallest of the nano fish. Here's what I have:

    tank 1 - 9 chili rasboras, 5 hastatus cories, cherry shrimp
    tank 2 - 7 or 8 boraras urophthalmoides, cherry shrimp
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    tank 4 - 9 ruby tetras, 4 hara jerdoni, 2 female endlers (which will will be moved out soon)

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    There was a time when Sue's aquariums were pretty common. I've seen pairs of championship level show guppy pairs raises in 5G. You have to do your maintenance because there is less room for error..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueD View Post
    I have four 5g planted tanks, each stocked with fish. Look at the smallest of the nano fish. Here's what I have:

    tank 1 - 9 chili rasboras, 5 hastatus cories, cherry shrimp
    tank 2 - 7 or 8 boraras urophthalmoides, cherry shrimp
    tank 3 - 4 sparkling gouramis
    tank 4 - 9 ruby tetras, 4 hara jerdoni, 2 female endlers (which will will be moved out soon)
    Sue, just curious about your frequency of water changes. If I stocked with the neons and corys like the original plan I was going to do once a week. But I can't do more if need be, how often do you do water changes on yours?

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    I did this a lot back in the day before frequent water testing was common practice. The one advantage to a small tank is maintenance. You need a large cup from the convenience store and a gallon milk jug. Takes two minutes to do a 20% water change. Do that twice a week and you can be completely ignorant of your water chemistry and the odds are in your favor. Fairly hardy species and don't overcrowd and the odds are greatly in your favor.

    I didn't just advocate ignorance of your water #s. It's too easy to know what is really going on in your tank now. Just making a point based on a good experience over a lot of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnTheFly View Post
    I did this a lot back in the day before frequent water testing was common practice. The one advantage to a small tank is maintenance. You need a large cup from the convenience store and a gallon milk jug. Takes two minutes to do a 20% water change. Do that twice a week and you can be completely ignorant of your water chemistry and the odds are in your favor. Fairly hardy species and don't overcrowd and the odds are greatly in your favor.

    I didn't just advocate ignorance of your water #s. It's too easy to know what is really going on in your tank now. Just making a point based on a good experience over a lot of years.
    I plan on doing water test but that was my though on water changes. So easy there isn't a reason not to frequently and keep the water where it needs to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mch1984 View Post
    Sue, just curious about your frequency of water changes. If I stocked with the neons and corys like the original plan I was going to do once a week. But I can't do more if need be, how often do you do water changes on yours?
    Early on, I did weekly changes. My tanks are well planted, too, which helps. While I still try for weekly changes, I'll sometimes go 2-3 weeks, although I don't recommend that. These tanks have been up for a couple of years, too, although stock has changed in one Spec V. I started one Spec V with the hastatus cories and shrimp only at first. Later added some M. Kubotai 3 different times, but was unable to keep this species going for some reason. The chilis have been in there now for several months. The tank with the boraras urophthalmoides has not changed and has been up the longest - for almost 4 years now. These fish are really hardy.

    The sparkling gourami tank had chilis in there a long time ago, but I accidently overdosed Excel and lost all of the chilis and I think 2 of the original 4 gouramis (2 survived), which I replaced. I haven't added anything else yet. The last tank with the ruby tetras is the newest and has been up 1 1/2 yrs. I did lose some Aspidoras pauciradiatus I tried and replaced them with the Hara Jerdoni a year ago, which have done great. The ruby tetras have been in there almost a year now, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueD View Post
    Early on, I did weekly changes. My tanks are well planted, too, which helps. While I still try for weekly changes, I'll sometimes go 2-3 weeks, although I don't recommend that. These tanks have been up for a couple of years, too, although stock has changed in one Spec V. I started one Spec V with the hastatus cories and shrimp only at first. Later added some M. Kubotai 3 different times, but was unable to keep this species going for some reason. The chilis have been in there now for several months. The tank with the boraras urophthalmoides has not changed and has been up the longest - for almost 4 years now. These fish are really hardy.

    The sparkling gourami tank had chilis in there a long time ago, but I accidently overdosed Excel and lost all of the chilis and I think 2 of the original 4 gouramis (2 survived), which I replaced. I haven't added anything else yet. The last tank with the ruby tetras is the newest and has been up 1 1/2 yrs. I did lose some Aspidoras pauciradiatus I tried and replaced them with the Hara Jerdoni a year ago, which have done great. The ruby tetras have been in there almost a year now, too.
    Well i respect the opinion that its not big enough, but i have seen many times that done right it can be. My original plan was to do tetras and Corry and i think I'm going to go that route. its nice to see somebody who has had success. If you get a chance i would love to see pics of your tanks, if its convenient. thanks for the responses.

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    Well got most of the supplies in today, still waiting on the light. May have to buy another one and send it back if it doesn't make it time

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    So amazon did the almost unthinkable and failed to deliver my light. But I am the worst about instant gratification so I went on the hunt and found this marineland that is meant to be submerged but it won't fit inside the tank. But it's fits nicely sitting on top and from what I've read it won't hurt to put it on top looking down. A didn't some google research and I think this light should be sufficient. It 6500 on the light appearance although a little low on the wattage.

    Amazon is refunding money for undelivered light.


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    So i got everything up and running, everything seems to be going good just a few days in. But i do have a concern, I'm wondering if my filter is too powerful. How can you tell if it is? I haven't had a tank this size before and didn't even think about it being a potential problem. Any suggestions?

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