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My girlfriend came across a 5g tank at a yard sale and it's super clean and has the hood, a small air pump, and a big external filter. However I don't know what is suitable for such a small aquarium, and something that she would like. I was thinking some guppies or tetras, but not sure how many I can put in, but it has a filter almost the same size I have on my 29gallon. A planted tank would be nice, don't want to spend the money on the lights required for live plants... I know she's picky with fish and thinks most are ugly. So yeah looking for any input about what all can be done with a 5g.
 

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I would get out the SW salt, buy a bag of live sand and add about 5-6 lbs of choice live rock, a Nova Extreme T-5 2 tube light and start getting some small coral frags, like Ricorida, Zoanthids, Xenia, Pavona ect... Tis would be such a easy reef tank to pull off with minimal investment. But then I guess it wouldnt be a FW tank then would it?

But realistically if FW is your thing, then I like the idea of a couple of Otos, Guppies/Betta and a couple of low light plants. That should make for a pretty nice looking display with a little color and texture to boot too!
 

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I would get out the SW salt, buy a bag of live sand and add about 5-6 lbs of choice live rock, a Nova Extreme T-5 2 tube light and start getting some small coral frags, like Ricorida, Zoanthids, Xenia, Pavona ect... Tis would be such a easy reef tank to pull off with minimal investment. But then I guess it wouldnt be a FW tank then would it?

But realistically if FW is your thing, then I like the idea of a couple of Otos, Guppies/Betta and a couple of low light plants. That should make for a pretty nice looking display with a little color and texture to boot too!
I could get live rock and salt from my brother's 55gal reef, but the T-5 lighting is out of the question. This post did make me consider SW though.
 

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I could get live rock and salt from my brother's 55gal reef, but the T-5 lighting is out of the question. This post did make me consider SW though.
Its a pretty cheap light fixture at liveaquaria.com at about 51.00 fun dollars plus shipping....not free but very reasonably priced.
 

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Im not sure how accurate this is but I have herd that with smaller tanks such as a 5 gallon tanks if something goes wrong with one first it will get to the other fish very fast because of the smaller size of the tank...soo just be carefull dont want to anything bad to happen good luck!
 

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Im not sure how accurate this is but I have herd that with smaller tanks such as a 5 gallon tanks if something goes wrong with one first it will get to the other fish very fast because of the smaller size of the tank...soo just be carefull dont want to anything bad to happen good luck!
All the more reason to skip the fish and just have corals! Many corals are pretty resilant, although the more stable you can keep the water the better. In a tank this small doing a SW tank, keeping the specific gravity steady would be the hardest challange when it comes to water parameters.
 
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