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Old 05-31-2011, 11:32 PM   #1
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new to the site, 10 gal. tank stocking questions

hey i'm new to the site and am relatively new to aquarium keeping. i have a 10 gallon tank with one platy and 5 zebra danios. i want to get some more fish, most preferably ones that would either eat algae or scavenge. any suggestions?

also i am currently trying to make my own bogwood / driftwood and sort of know what i'm doing but any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:39 PM   #2
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Hello welcome to AA! You picked the best site to get started in the hobby! I suggest maybe getting a Bristlenose Pleco. They may not eat the most algae, but they are just overall an awesome fish to have. Now remember a bristlenose Pleco, a common Pleco will get over 1-2 feet long! :0 Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:46 PM   #3
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i bought an albino bristlenose about two weeks ago and it died the same day. i tested the water and everything and it was all fine. the pleco was even pretty active towards the end of the day, but when i woke up he was dead.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:51 PM   #4
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Oh yes brings me to another question, did you cycle your tank?
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:56 PM   #5
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yeah, it has been running for around 2 months, i bought some extra danios to make a more full school and they all lived. honestly i dont think it was my tank, though i did not have any algae, but within 24 hours? i dont think it would matter, plus i gave him an algae waffer
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:58 PM   #6
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What were your water parameters? Ammonia? Nitrite? Nitrate?
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:03 AM   #7
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on the test strips it all said safe, and i had just done a water change the day before. idk, i think i just got a bad fish, i still might get a bristle nose, but its recommended to have a 30 gallon tank.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:22 AM   #8
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I highly suggest you invest in an API freshwater liquid test kit. It's a lot more accurate, and will help you in the future.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:25 AM   #9
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what is that, how much is it, and where can i get it. i just have a petco around me so they dont even have fertilizers for plants.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:32 AM   #10
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I'm sure petco will have it, here's a link http://www.petco.com/product/103685/...t=OnSiteSearch
They tend to be more expensive in stores, I spent 40$ ! on mine.
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