February 18, 2011
Hello, I plan on purchasing this tank (http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Spec-V-.../dp/B0089E5VLC) soon. My last tank went down in flames from a Mycobacterium infection that kept recurring even after being fallow and near perfect water quality.
I am quite busy with vet school, so I am a little apprehensive about starting this small tank, as I want it to have really good water quality, so if anyone has an opinion regarding my set-up and how much time it will take to maintain, please chime in.
I really want to do a planted tank. I do not want to do CO2, but I may add another LED strip or two for more light. I am thinking going a month or so with just red cherry shrimp to get them breeding up nicely. It will also give me time to see if I want to add fish or not based on my time availability. The plants will also have time to grow.
As far as fish, I love gouramis. I have had sparklers, and I really enjoyed them. I was thinking either a pair of sparkling gouramis or honey gouramis, the latter I have never had before. I would love some opinions on the personality of honey gouramis, and the opinion of people who have had both would be most appreciated.
I am not sure if I should have anything else in the tank. Any other suggestions?
Thank you for taking the time to answer my post. Cheers.
May 2, 2012
in a tank that size, if it has to be gouramies, I'd not go for anything else but T. Pumila. My feelings towards T. lalius and T. chuna are well known and I don't need to repeat them here. You can find more info on that in this forum.
Alternatively you could go for a shoal of small rasboras or tetras. 1.2 D. dario or Elassoma spp. are another option for the spec V.
Perhaps just a word of caution where T. pumila are concerned. Many keepers have observed them actively hunting red cherries.
As far as maintenance is concerned you'll have to schedule about an hour per week for p.w.cs and general cleaning. Add to that about 5 min/day for feeding and whatever time you think you want to actually watch and enjoy your tank.
February 18, 2011
Okay, that correlates with the opinion of people on another forum.
Do you think a pair of T. pumila would be fine in the 5gal?
I am not concerned about losing the red cherry. If worse comes to worse and they are all eaten, I will add a couple of amano shrimp. My goal is to have a very complex environment full of hiding spaces of various sizes. I have a zoo background, so I am a big believer in "environmental enrichment" for any animal.
May 2, 2012
the "spec V" is one of the very few "system tanks" showing fairly decent dimensions. I would have liked to see 5 cm taken off the hight and added that to the depth but that's not the point here.
Yes, a pair of T.pumila will be perfectly fine in that tank. If you don't want to add any other fish, I'd suggest 1.2 or better even 1.3 as they certainly do feel more comfortable in a group. It might be a bit tricky to obtain that ratio as specimens sold in the trade are usually very young and extremely difficult to sex. But your zoo background could possibly help you there.
I like your thoughts about the complex environment as the little "sparklers" really love to squeeze through the tightest places and explore every last nook of their tank.
Don't worry too much about adding more light unless you want it to be an aqua garden rather than a fish tank. I've got a 30 l cube, which gets a bit of daylight (as much as any tank in room with a window). This tank is lit by only a 1.3 watt LED lamp and none the less supports healthy plant growth. Plants are: Vallisneria sp., Microsorum pteropus, Taxiphyllum barbieri, Pogostemon erectus (sits directly under the lamp), Lilaeopsis brasiliensis and Lomariopsis lineata.
Once you get started on the project, take lots of pics and let us see how it's going.
June 13, 2011
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