10-30-2011, 11:02 PM
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I also have a successful 10 gallon tank. I have read and read and read up on what you should do and shouldn't do. First of all, don't forget it is a small world in there....so I keep the rule of thumb...1 inch of fish per gallon. So, for example, in my tank I have 1 female Betta, 2 Peppered Corycats, and 2 Otocinclus. They all get along really well. I have lots of REAL plants, (i.e. swordplants, baby tears, "grass", driftwood). I have plenty of hiding places for all....I use the aquarium safe decor. I know it sounds crowded, but it isn't. I keep the temp at 77 degrees at all times, I use a bubbler for the Otos, and of course a good filter with a bio-wheel. I use test strips to keep track of the water quality. I use a mixture of R/O and a small amount of tap water. I find the R/O (reverse osmosis water) is almost perfect for these guys, so not much tap needed to balance it out. I condition the water with good quality conditioners to remove any chlorine, plant food, and stress coat. Everyone is sooooo happy. I admit, when I first started, I had some problems because I didn't read enough before I began. I don't over feed, but I do feed a small amount of quality food daily (I give them a variety from day to day). No live food, it can cause all kinds of problems. I do a 10% water change weekly, and a 25% water change if the level of strees increases due to amonia. I watch my Betta, Lulu. She is a good on to watch. I check water temps a minumum of twice a day. I have my tank right by my bed on my nightstand....and I sleep like a baby with the lovely sound of bubbles and gentle filter running. Lovely!