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Old 07-14-2012, 02:47 PM   #1
 
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new 10 gallon

It has been about 6 years or so since I have had any kind of aquarium. I have learned that I will never do saltwater again and do not intend to get caught up into expensive fish. That said, my first questions are - is a 10 gallon tank really a waste of time?? I admit I wish I had set up a 20 gallon, but I have not. I know the rule of thumb is 1 inch per gallon, but can this rule be bent and how far??

This is what I have come up with as what I would like to ultimately have in this tank:
Live plants I already have in it:
Java ferns
Cryptocoryne

any other suggestions for plantings?

Fish I would like to include:
3 sparkling gouramis
5-6 celestial pearl danios
2 kuhli loaches
2 of the smallest corys possible - and what would they be?? Julii??

Is this reasonable or am I doomed here?? And are the sparkling gouramis and celestial pearl danios easy to obtain??

And is the LED light in a Marineland hood adequate to keep the plants alive & thriving??
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:12 PM   #2
 
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It has been about 6 years or so since I have had any kind of aquarium. I have learned that I will never do saltwater again and do not intend to get caught up into expensive fish. That said, my first questions are - is a 10 gallon tank really a waste of time?? I admit I wish I had set up a 20 gallon, but I have not. I know the rule of thumb is 1 inch per gallon, but can this rule be bent and how far??

This is what I have come up with as what I would like to ultimately have in this tank:
Live plants I already have in it:
Java ferns
Cryptocoryne

any other suggestions for plantings?

Fish I would like to include:
3 sparkling gouramis
5-6 celestial pearl danios
2 kuhli loaches
2 of the smallest corys possible - and what would they be?? Julii??

Is this reasonable or am I doomed here?? And are the sparkling gouramis and celestial pearl danios easy to obtain??

And is the LED light in a Marineland hood adequate to keep the plants alive & thriving??
You didn't waste your time at all. 10g is a great size to start out with, just make sure your filter and heater can be upgraded to a bigger tank later if you chose so you don't have to buy new ones. You can have great and colorful fish in a ten gallon as well. Whoever you have some problems in your choices.

First off the temp range will not work some of them aren't anywhere near each other.

You will want at least 4 Kuhli Loaches for them to be happy same with the cory

the smallest would be the dainty cory

And finaly when Sparkling Gourami starts to breed, they may become too aggressive to co-exist with Dainty Cory.

I don'r know how easy it would be to get the celestial pearl danios and know little about live plants but my guess is that the LED will be fine for them as long as there is some natural light in the room.
The good news is your tank wouldn't be over capacity even if you add 2 morre of the Kuhil Loaches and Dainty Cory. I have a 10 gallon and so far I love it. PM if you need any other help.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:14 PM   #3
 
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The lighting should be able to keep low light plants alive but that's about it. You could get some anubias plants as well which are easy to find. About the stocking, I would just go find a 20 or 30 gal and then you will be fine with everything you want and able to add more corys to let them shoal. Sparkling gourami I have been able to find at 1 of 10 fish stores within 2 hours of me so pretty hard. Celestial danios I've never seen but they are supposed to be somewhat common though very expensive. The rest are easy to find, kuhli loaches are a seasonal wild caught fish but if you look around enough you will find them, salt and pepper(not peppered) cory are one of the the smallest corys and the ones I myself want but cannot find around here. Also note that sparkling gourami need specific water conditions and can be delicate
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:16 PM   #4
 
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could you elaborate about the differences in temperature requirements??
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:22 PM   #5
 
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Danios 68-79F
Gourami 77-82F
Kuhli 73-84F
Cory 71-79F

There is a 2 degree overlap on all of them so its not perfect but I've seen worse

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Old 07-14-2012, 03:25 PM   #6
 
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could you elaborate about the differences in temperature requirements??
I put it all in to AqAdvisor and this warning came up I don't see why you can't keep things at 75 degrees but it says you can't.

Water temperature requirements are not fully compatible between all selected species.
=> 77 - 82.4F: Sparkling Gourami
=> 64.4 - 75.2F: Celestial Pearl Danio
=> 75.2 - 86F: Kuhli Loach
=> 71.6 - 80.6F: Dainty Cory
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:27 PM   #7
 
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I went off of our temps in the tropical fish profiles xD the adviser is notorious for being a little off
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #8
 
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I went off of our temps in the tropical fish profiles xD the adviser is notorious for being a little off
You should be fine temp wise then. What is the filter brand and model of filter?
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:29 PM   #9
 
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OK
what would you think of :
6 neon tetras
2 honey gouramis
3 small corys
4 kuhli loaches

what about cherry shrimp?

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Old 07-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #10
 
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Should work but note that neon tetras need very soft water which can occur naturally or be modified with driftwood tannins and peat, I love my golden honey gourami and they are extremely adaptable(2 females on my avatar). with the kuhlis and corys you will want sand as your substrate to encourage their natural burrowing and digging behavior

And cherry shrimp would do fine as adults but any baby's will eventually be eaten by the kuhlis and maybe the adults as well. If you want to be safe you can get ghost shrimp which are much cheaper and just replace them if they get eaten
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