05-07-2012, 09:22 PM
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I actually want the endlers to breed on their own so that my brother can watch them breed and grow and we can always sell the stock we don't need to a LFS. Honestly we don't have a test kit because the tetras have done just fine without it. Obviously as we upgrade the tank we will get a full test kit. I don't know if I want to add corys purely because I want to keep the bioload low so the plants can really flourish. I mean if the plants would still do well anyway I would add them cause they are so cute. We actually have a piece of arc-shaped driftwood in the tank so that is done. I know that they sell plant substrates that help to keep the plants growing well. can I just layer the sand on top of it? also what fixtures do you do on your tank?
Originally Posted by Olympia
Endlers do not eat their young, indeed. It can be a good thing, or a bad thing, ;).
What are your water parameters?
10 gallons is pretty small. A group of endlers with some pygmy corydoras (or one of the 2 dwarf corydoras species) would work well.
For plants, floaters are pretty vital to most amazon set ups. Water sprite, amazon frogbit, or salvinia are good starters. They will grow pretty fast so you may have to remove it quite often to allow some light to the bottom.
Some good plants include anarchis, Brazillian pennywort, cabomba. For the foreground some pygmy chain sword would be nice. These are found in our profiles at the top, with more care info. :)
IMO no amazon tank is complete without some nice driftwood. Malaysian driftwood from a pet shop is a good option. There's also manzanita, which will be easier to find in the states (I'm from Canada and can't get any :() It's more branchy, which can look like tree roots in a tank. You'll want smaller pieces so they don't take up too much water area for the fish. You'll want to boil it for a while. Unless you boil it repeatedly until the water stays clear, you'll get tannins in your water. This is part of the natural Amazon. It's tea coloured water. Whether you want it or not is just preference.
Sand is the best substrate (especially if you want corydoras). Just regular play sand from a hardware store will work.