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Old 12-30-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
 
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New 10 gallon HELP!!

Okay so originally I had planned to go with a Naturally Planted tank with this aquarium, but after not being able to find some good consistent help, I decided to scratch that idea and go with a decent natural rock and sand tank. I am planning on buying some Zebra rock next time I'm in Slidell, La (closest local fish store), I live in Carriere, Ms. So what I need help with is just simple things now. I plan on doing a Fish-less cycle on this aquarium, but its inhabitants I'm unsure about . I wanna do a main center piece fish or a breading pair and some shrimps (being shrimp dominated tank). This is the tank set up starting from top down. Tetra 10 gallon starter hood with 2 General Electric (13 Watt, 6500k) compact florescent bulbs, Aquaclear50 (250 g.p.h) filter with just the sponge and bio-media in it (as I don't have a carbon pack for it yet), Tetra 5-15 submersible preset heater (keeps water at around 75 degrees), painter's tape background ( it's what I had on hand don't look to bad ), Tetra starter tank 10 gallon, substrate is pool filter sand. Ill be using Prime as water conditioner, I have a Api Master test kit. The foods I have on hand is all Omega One food (color enhancing tropical flakes, blood-worms, shrimp pellets, algae tabs), as this is what I feed my other fish. On a side note I am running a (what I would call successful) 29 gallon community tank it has 8 neon tetra's, 6 endlers, 6 peppered corys, and one bristle-nose pleco. I have only lost 6 fish, 2 for unknown causes and 4 endlers that like to swim up the gravel vacuum(suicides I call em).
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
 
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Sounds like a super cool tank! You could put one dwarf or honey gourami as your center piece fish. Instead of doing just rocks and sand though, I would throw a few live plants between the rocks, you know, sticking up through the cracks or coming from underneath. That would look really neat, and The shrimp really need live plants to be happy. Plus, It'll cycle the tank faster! You could try some cryptocoryne and java moss, with jungle vals in the back. All easy natural looking plants that would go well with the rock theme!Sounds like you are doing everything else right!
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
 
You have the lighting to do some lower light plants like java fern so I would definitely recommend them. You can get 6 for like $25 and flourish + excel for like $10, so $35 and your tank will look a lot nicer and be more natural.

As for inhabitants, you could try your shrimp + a small pleco + a school of cardinal tetras. You could also get a school of corries but I wouldn't recommend it with your shrimp.

Good luck!
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
 
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Well I'll probably do some low light plants and moss, but how much is the fertilizers and stuff . I mean would a decent size bottle last my little ten gallon a while. How often to dose and stuff like that thats why a scared away from the live plants.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:32 PM   #5
 
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Don't let the live plants scare you. Your lighting is perfect for low-moderate light plants. The substrate is good. Seachem Flourish Comprehensive fertilizer is a great all-purpose product that will literally last you for years at a reasonable price. Just do your homework on the plants you want just like you would for fish. Good luck.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:43 PM   #6
 
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hmm would you be willing to help me lol
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:03 PM   #7
 
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I'll try. Let me know what kind of help you need.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:06 PM   #8
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What sort of plant help are you looking for? I'm sure there are plenty of people on here that can help you out with whatever you're wondering. If you're doing plants than you won't need to buy carbon for your filter. Speaking of your filter...that sounds like a lot of turnover for shrimp or for most fish. 25X turnover is something you'd want for fish from extremely fast flowing rivers like hillstream loaches.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:07 PM   #9
 
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ya lol the filter is severly over kill but i got it on min flow cause its really the only SPARE filter i have lol and as far as plant help just some beginner plants that grow well in sand substrate with minimum ferts and what ferts like flourish comprehensive or flourish exel or what and how often should i dose do i need to get some sort of testing equipment to test it or what
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:35 PM   #10
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ya lol the filter is severly over kill but i got it on min flow cause its really the only SPARE filter i have lol and as far as plant help just some beginner plants that grow well in sand substrate with minimum ferts and what ferts like flourish comprehensive or flourish exel or what and how often should i dose do i need to get some sort of testing equipment to test it or what
Flourish comprehensive once a week is usually what's recommended on here. I'd skip the excel, especially as it's to be a shrimp tank. I wouldn't even over do it on the comprehensive. You won't need to do any testing, so no worries there.

As for easy plants there are actually a bunch. Hopefully others can chime in if I miss some. Crypts would work well (you'd need root tabs for them), dwarf sag (root tabs), any type of anubias that stays small enough, mosses, and Java fern would all work well. I'm not sure if stem plants would work for you or not, someone else will have to answer that. There are also floating plants like Amazon frogbit, dwarf water lettuce, and water sprite.
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