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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hello Betta community. I've been away from fishkeeping for 30 years. As a full time postal employee and the Deputy Chief of my local fire department, I'm looking to start small (5-10 gallon) planted aquarium that does not require hours of maintenance. Just getting started and saw this forum. Thanks for allowing me into your community.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 07:00 PM
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Hi, welcome to the forum!


I know you'll love your planted tank. I find that my 10 gal is a little easier to find plants for then my 5 gal. With my 5 gal I have to make sure that the plants do not get too large or they will fairly quickly outgrow my tank and I'll have to spend extra time pruning them.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 09:51 PM
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-28-2019, 10:37 PM
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Hello and welcome!
In my experience the smaller the tank the more maintenance it will require. More water changes, higher chance of catastrophe if something spikes, etc. If you want a fairly low maintenance betta tank I would suggest going with the 10g as opposed to the 5.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 05:34 AM
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Hi and welcome!

Ditto to what they said about tank size.
Although position has a lot to do with things.
I have a 5g on my desk, and since I spend hours a day there, nearly every day, the amount of maintenance required is easy - every time I am trying to avoid a bit of work. haha!

It certainly helps to have the tank where you spend a lot of time, and have the leisure to watch it and enjoy it.

70litre tank: mature setup; betta, purple rasboras, male guppies, amano and wood shrimp. Heavily planted.
22litre cube tank: (Tagawa); betta, yellow dwarf shrimp. Pond snails and 1 assassin. Heavily planted.
Midnight in the 57litre tank (Midnight) ember tetras, 1 amano, 1 ghost, 1 nerite, pond snails, 1 assassin, doing his thing. Heavily planted.
200litre tank; honey gourami, cherry barbs, green neons, otocinclus, nerites, pond snails, amano. Heavily planted.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. Looking at 10 gal. aquariums today
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post some pics once completed :D
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2019, 12:18 PM
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Hello and welcome! This forum is filled with super friendly people and lots of great resources and advice so you've come to the right place! I recently came back to bettakeeping and am starting up a 5 gallon. I'm excited to hear about your new tank journey! I agree with others, if you have the space for it, a 10 gallon will be easier to maintain. If I had more space, I probably would have leaned towards a 10 this time around but instead will be setting up a 5!

Be sure to check out the sticky threads under the various categories on here, they have a LOT of great info on setting up tanks! Once again, welcome!

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