I've just started a new 10 gallon/38L tank, it's my first tank. I'm currently cycling it, I put a dead shrimp in and the water and the ammonia is at 5ppm, just waiting for the bacteria to pop up and for the tank to completely cycle before getting any live stock.
I've planted the tank, low-tech so no ferts or C02, just flourite black substrate and hardscaped with dragon rock.
Originally, I was going to do a half-moon betta and 10 or so black cherry shrimp. But after looking at more fish, I think I want to stock with:
1 German blue ram
6-10 ember tetras
10 cherry shrimp
However, I keep reading that they're not beginner fish, how is this so?
Will the ram be fine with the pH? I'd rather keep it stable than try to lower it as I don't want tannins or to use chemical lowers as I may dose too much!I
Does this sound okay? Any advice?