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Old 11-10-2011, 07:40 PM   #1
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10 Gallon bedside tank

So I've had a 10 gallon tank sittin empty on my patio for months...

I've decided to make a nice little FW tank out of it for my bedroom. I'm imagining LOTS of plants and some shrimp and small fish.

I'm just looking for some cool stocking ideas. I'm open to anything!
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Old 11-10-2011, 09:11 PM   #2
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here's my idea.. tell me what you think.

1 Male Honey Gourami, 1 Female Honey Gourami, 4 Tail Spot Pygmy Cory, 4 Male Endler's Livebearers
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IMO, honeys are too big for a 10g. You could do dg, but I would only suggest 1, not a pair. Sometimes, a pair of dg can work in tank that small if its really well planted, but I still don't personally recommend trying it. The croaking gourami is also suitable for a 10g, so are sparkling gouramis.
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cool, I'm down for anything... I do plan on it being a heavily planted aquarium. not sure what plants.
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You should definitely look into the sparklers or the croaking gourami. Both are beautiful, and not as common as dg.
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Will do! I haven't even filled the tank yet, so I've got plenty of time to figure this out.

Now, I'm still a total noob on starting tanks. I think I just got lucky with my 29 gallon. So, do you know of a guide online that will take me through the proper startup procedures for a small tank? What to use for proper cycling and what substrate to use for heavily planted tanks... etc.

I ask for a guide because I'm sure people on here are tired of repeating themselves
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Read the stickies in the getting started section. There is a cycling article in there I know.
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If you have a 29 gallon running currently, you can remove some filter media from that and place it in the filter for the 10, and immediately being stocking slowly.

For plant specific questions, you can ask those over in the plant forum if you want to really hit up the experts. I can tell you I use all types of substrates in my planted tanks, so it depends on if you want this high or low tech. For you first planted tank, I would probably recommend pool filter sand.

I would do 8 of the "tail spot", which I believe are hastatus, because they are super timid, and as suggested, pair them with sparkling gourami instead of a larger gourami so you'll get to see them more.

Those fish choices are temperature compatible, which is ideal, of course. You'll want to keep that tank about 78-80.
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If you have a 29 gallon running currently, you can remove some filter media from that and place it in the filter for the 10, and immediately being stocking slowly.
Great! May be a stupid question, but how do I put the media in from a larger filter to a smaller one? I imagine I'm cutting something out of the filter...

Also, my 29 gallon is planted, could I move a plant from that tank to help with seeding, or will this kill the plant when the tank spikes?

I really like the look of those small plants that can cover the bottom of an aquarium. srry I don't know their name..
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If you have extra media to spare you can move that but if not just cut out a piece of sponge.

& the plants won't have any seeding material, they'll absorbs nitrates and ammonia though.
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