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Old 11-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #11
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In pretty new to the hobby but I use prime to dechlorinate my water. Works very well and a little bit goes along way!!!
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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You can get the Ace Janitorial Strength ammonia from an Ace Hardware Store if you have one in your area. It'll cost less than $3 for a bottle.
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Old 11-02-2011, 08:56 PM   #13
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Welcome to the site. I am glad you are planning carefully. Good to hear.
I am going to make a note that I DO NOT recommend using that terra cotta pot in the tank. The paint on it could easily be toxic to the fish.
Also, I would recommend pymgy corys, not panda. Pygmys (there are 3 types) only reach an inch and are the only corys I would recommend for a 10g tank. Also, corys should be in groups of at least 4 IMO because they are schooling fish. Cardinals reach 2 inches, so IMO, they are too big for a 10g.
I see that you said you are in high school and only have a few options for purchasing fish. You may want to talk to your parents about the prospect of ordering fish online in order to get more varieties that are suited for a 10g tank. If you are set on guppies, thats totally fine! They are beautiful and fun. Just a thought.

Duly noted points!!

yes, I'm in an institution called public high school..... one of the best in the state... but... school still sucks :P and ive got 5 years of college!!!

I have looked at fish online... and I imagine that it is safe since people have staked businesses on it, but it just seems like a bad idea knowing my luck. I wouldnt mind driving a good piece just to be able to hand pick the fish. But i also understand that many places are looking to create long-term customers... I think that is an area id like to learn more about.

Cards=neons. (yes, i do know the difference) but i think that a school of neons would look cool with the 4 foot black light i have in my room.. just a thought...

i think guppies are a good, safe bet. very pretty too!

what about dwarf gourami? i saw some last night that even a walmart toilet tank, they looked AWESOME! they might get too big, but if i have 6 neons, 2 dwarves and a good bit of ghost shrimp, could that work?
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:51 PM   #14
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Just keep in mind, when you buy fish at a shop, they are fish the store had shipped in, then acclimated (usually poorly with just a float and drop method) to their tank which may or may not be in good shape and may or may not be diseased, maybe are only there for a short time, and then you take them home and acclimate them to your tank. Because of this, ordering the fish and having them shipped directly to you is actually a safer bet (when possible) and easier on the fish, since you avoid that middle step. Most reputable sellers offer a DOA guarantee, atleast on certain orders, so you will have the option for a refund if something doesn't arrive alive. I've had far better luck with fish I've ordered online from many different sellers than the fish I've purchased from most (not all, but most) chain stores and mom and pop shops.

1 dwarf gourami would be okay but not 2. 6 neons, 1 DG, and ghost shrimp pretty much stock a 10 gal but you might be able to get away with a trio of guppies in there as well.
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Old 11-03-2011, 03:03 AM   #15
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IMO with all the swimming room taking by the neons and a territorial fish like a DG in there, I wouldn't recommend guppies.
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Old 11-03-2011, 09:22 AM   #16
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IMO with all the swimming room taking by the neons and a territorial fish like a DG in there, I wouldn't recommend guppies.
its a either x or y kinda thing. either dwarf gouramis. or guppies. I like the DGs more, but from what im seeing, a mated pair isnt a good idea for my tank.
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Gourami's are very prone to disease. You get a lot of sick ones when you try to keep gourami's.
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Trying to keep 2 fg in a 10g tank is big risk IMO. They tend to get territorial and bossy as they age (and most of the fish readily available for sale at common stores are juveniles). It can be done in theory with luck and a lot of plants, but I wouldn't recommend it.
DG can be a bit disease prone, but its up to you if ou want to try the DG or the guppies. Either way, it sounds like you will have a nice, attractive tank.
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