04-23-2008, 03:54 PM
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If this is for an office, a few things need to be taken into consideration... like cleaning it/maintenance... feedings, and temps.
Be sure it has a good heater in there!
To make it the easiest to care for, turning it into a self maintaining environment will be the best way to go. Keep yourself limited to 3 fish... especially if you're working with tetras... as many species of tetras will reach 3 - 4 inches as they mature. I would more opt for putting in white clouds simply because they wouldn't need a heater, but any bottom feeder you might consider will need the heat.
For tetras you might want to consider phantoms (red or black) or von rios(flame tetra), green fire tetras, glolite tetras, silver tip tetras... they stay smaller. Instead of tetras, you might also consider:
danios (zebra, leopard, longfin blues)
neon dwarf rainbows
killiefish (stay away from golden killies and other species that get large)
dwarf puffers (species only tank)
indian glass fish
For bottom feeders, maybe consider any of these:
pygmy cory catfish
Please keep in mind that not all of these fish will mix together, and your limits on bottom feeders will be 1, maybe 2 in a tank that size unless you're working with shrimp. Ammano shrimp will also eat things from the bottom, not just algae... and standard cory catfish get quite large and do better in groups of 3 - 5 or more... which would be too many for a 10 gallon tank long term.
If you would like help putting something together out of these choices, please ask.
rotala (lots to choose from)
ludwigia (broadleaf and/or narrowleaf)
These are all plants that are rather easy to grow without any specific requirements. Any of the bunch plants like rotala and ludwigia, etc can be easily snipped when they grow too tall, and then just plant them down with the others to thicken the bunch.
If you're wanting to keep this easy and low maintenance, the important thing to remember is a few fish and lots of plants, and easy on feedings, along with a good filtration unit with plenty of biomedia in it. You would be designing what is called "the natural aquarium" where waste finds balance with plant life who eats it up and uses it, and lots of biological filtration to allow for growth of denitrying bacteria as well as nitrifying bacteria.
I have set up many of these types of tanks over the years, so if you need further help in how to balance it properly, let me know.