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post #11 of 28 Old 08-27-2012, 05:42 PM
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it's actually pretty easy to raise it, but lowering it usually involves several hundred dollars worth of equipment.

Just knowing if your water is hard or soft will help.

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post #12 of 28 Old 08-27-2012, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. I found some test strips, they are 5 in 1, and not entirely accurate, because the colors are so close together. I'll probably go out and get something better, but for now this is what I have:
Nitrate: 0-20
Nitrite: 0-.5
Hardness: 75-150 (this is the one that makes me want to go buy a new way to test this stuff. According to this, it is either soft or hard...)
pH: 7.2-7.8
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post #13 of 28 Old 08-27-2012, 11:32 PM
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According to your parameters you have alkaline water and just on the border of hard or soft water. This puts you in excellent range of live bearers, shrimp, snails, crayfish, lobsters etc. The inverts will make prey for puffers so if you go that route so establish your plants and invert population before adding the puffers. Some puffers prefer brackish water so check into that and most inverts should adapt to it quite well. Some shrimp eggs won't develop without brackish water.

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post #14 of 28 Old 08-28-2012, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome. I'll look into it all. Any cool/unusual stocking ideas out of those options? Are guppies a good idea in a 10g? If so, how many, and could I get any other fish?
Is brackish water hard to maintain? Like do I need any special equipment like salt tanks need?
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Any slow fish or any fish with big fancy fins aren't good tank mates for puffers, as puffers are known fin nippers and tend to be somewhat aggresive, though I never had that issue.
Puffer personality varies from one to the next they are somewhat intelligent and territorial.
If you want inverts to keep the puffers happy then 2 puffers are your fish limit

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post #16 of 28 Old 08-29-2012, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ok. But if I don't get puffers, how many guppies could I get, and what other kinds of fish could I get with them?
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post #17 of 28 Old 08-29-2012, 06:43 AM
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For tank your size I would recommend glowfish danios 5 of them nothing else they are active, swim at all levels and if you use neon plastic plants and a black light you should never have an out of control issue with algea and it will look really cool and no heater required.
Guppies heater required 5 max and best if 1male to 3 females and they swim middle to top
mainly and a snail to clean up

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post #18 of 28 Old 08-29-2012, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
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I had a 5g glofish tank last year, and it was pretty cool. I'm thinkin guppies or puffer. obviously not in the same tank. if guppies can't have tank mates in a 10g, then I will probably go for a puffer. any thoughts?
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No, that is good. It is a small tank so small fish of one species is usually best. Or one medium sized fish (meaning a fish that will grow to no more than 3 inches) like a male betta with a couple female betta or guarmis these fish do well by themselves but can be bred in a small tank to themselves. The rule is one inch of full grown fish per gallon so you can have 10" of fish. Make sure you are taking their full grown size into acount

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No, that is good. It is a small tank so small fish of one species is usually best. Or one medium sized fish (meaning a fish that will grow to no more than 3 inches) like a male betta with a couple female betta or guarmis these fish do well by themselves but can be bred in a small tank to themselves. The rule is one inch of full grown fish per gallon so you can have 10" of fish. Make sure you are taking their full grown size into acount
I just wanted to point out that male and female bettas should never be kept together unless breeding, they will kill each other 99.9% of the time. You can keep female bettas together but its a lot of work and very specific requirements must be met.

Gouramis should never be kept with bettas as well since they are both anabantids and will squabble over the upper area of the tank.

The inch per gallon rule has mostly been discredited, its better to look at the needs of each specific fish and the bioloads they have rather than just the size. If I followed the inch per gallon rule, I could cram a 10 inch pleco in a 10 gallon which would most assuredly kill it.




I recommend that the OP check out the fish profiles tab at the top of the page and look at some of the profiles of the fish you are thinking about getting, itll help you out in deciding on what you want.

For guppies, stick with all males or all females or you will be over run with fry. These fish will give birth around once a month and to a lot of baby fish! Im still trying to clear them all out of my tanks e.e

As for puffers, they are notoriously picky eaters so please note that, they must have frozen or live food as flakes are nutritionally useless to them. They do need live snails as well though you do not need to worry about their teeth overgrowing since it doesnt seem to bother these specific puffers.


OP, id like to point you to this site which should help with your stocking, it will tell you when you are overstocked and the fish you choose will get too large for the tank you have in mind. Make sure you run your final stocking plans through the forum as we can help you fine tune them and make sure your fish are the happiest they can be c:

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