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Old 04-19-2011, 01:49 PM   #1 
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5 Gallon Question.

I would like to put Abacus (all by himself) in a 5 gallon with no filter.
Is that ok? How many water changes would I have to do for a one fish, 5 gallon with no filter?
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:31 PM   #2 
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In an unfiltered 5gal with one fish and no live plants....water changes of 1-2- 50% with vacuum weekly/the second weekly water only and 100% monthly should maintain water quality...provided that you remove any uneaten food within 30 min after feeding.......

By adding live rooted plants you wouldn't need the 100% monthly by the way....active growth of rooted/stem plants work great as filters.....
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:23 PM   #3 
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Do you have heater? If you do, you should get a filter to move water around and avoid hot spots (it will be good for your plants too). You could look around the fish forums for cheap second hand filters. you can run your filter with just sponge (don't have to even get carbon) It will also make your life much easier (no 100% water changes) :o)

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Old 04-20-2011, 12:57 AM   #4 
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Well the tank is not set up at all yet. I was just curious what my options are. :)
I would perfer no live plants. I am not that good with them. lol
I wanted to have no filter because, I do not know how Abacus does it, but he always manages to hurt himself somehow with filters.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:56 AM   #5 
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Baffle the out put, and put sponge in the input, should stop him


or pick up one of those cool Fluval U1/U2 things. from what ive seen now way for the fish to get hurt
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Old 04-22-2011, 03:39 AM   #6 
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The in-water filters are nice but can be big for a smaller aquarium. They can be hidden by plants, decorations, etc though. The Fluval is a bit more expensive but it does have an adjustable flow rate valve.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:59 AM   #7 
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Your fish is so pretty

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Old 04-22-2011, 09:08 AM   #8 
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I know this is for a 10gal tank and I'm unsure if they make them for 5gal, but http://www.petco.com/product/7168/PE...t=OnSiteSearch I was almost considering an undergravel filter for my tank, however they wound up coming with filters *yay*. At my local fish store, they sell these one underground filters that looks like one huge sponge that goes under the rocks. I'm not sure how it works or what the sizes are but it might be worth researching if you don't want to do the baffle + sponge idea which was mentioned in a post above.
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