5 Gallon Options

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SuzanaBanana, Jul 9, 2017.

  1. SuzanaBanana

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    I came across a free 5 gallon tank today

    I need input on what type of equipment to use, and what stocking options there are.
    (Planted tanks really interest me) c508964a406384292b430b5895af8344.jpg
  2. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    A simple sponge filter or a very small internal filter will suffice. I would keep a pea puffer. Get some osmocote root tabs, sand and throw in some Wisteria to make a background, then throw some floating stuff like watter lettuce or salivinia on the front and enjoy your tank.
  3. VioletSS

    VioletSSValued MemberMember

    I'm in the beginning stages of setting up my own 5 gallon (just got it yesterday!).
    I'm doing shrimp. But those little pea puffers are adorable, and I've imagined having one.
    Keep us posted on your progress!

  4. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    I was thinking shrimp too, or a betta

  5. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    This is the filter i was thinking
    I have this in my 10 gallon and i like it
  6. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    This is the light i was looking at, but idk i'd have to research it more
  7. VioletSS

    VioletSSValued MemberMember

    You might want to consider getting a foam filter cover if you're getting shrimp.
  8. Piaelliott

    PiaelliottWell Known MemberMember

  9. nmfsd1

    nmfsd1New MemberMember

    If you're getting shrimp I would go with Cherry Shrimp, they're so cute and would stand out in a planted tank!
  10. BReefer97

    BReefer97Well Known MemberMember

  11. sfsamm

    sfsammWell Known MemberMember

    Betta and shrimp do well in a five gallon, pea puffers require crunchy food like snails fairly regularly to be healthy or their "beak" gets to long and they eventually will starve because they cannot eat properly though a pea puffer is probably the easiest puffer to keep.

    Depending on your stock choice you'll want to choose appropriate filtration type, shrimp or betta a 10 gallon size sponge filter would be perfect!

    I have a nicrew light on my son's tank and I like it, he's got a couple swords and Anacharis that are doing very well with it.

    Just be sure to keep a tight maintenance schedule in a five gallon, there's not really room for slacking on a small tank!
  12. OP

    SuzanaBananaValued MemberMember

    I really like the light! And i live in AZ so i wont probably be needing a heater until winter

    Im leaning more towards a betta, and we do weekly water changes on all of our tanks, so i think it should be fine
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 10, 2017
  13. BettaPonic

    BettaPonicWell Known MemberMember

    Least Killifish make a good stock. You can breed them in that size too.

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