11-22-2007, 11:17 PM
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Re: Questions about cycling...
Welcome to Fishforum.com, Lindsey.
Originally Posted by Lindsey88
I aquired a aquarium from a friend. She gave me her 10 gallon tank including decorations, rocks, filter, heater, and fake plants. I set it up and it has been running since Monday. I was planning on getting a couple of Zebra danios for Cycling, and after that a couple of cory cats, some platys and a dwarf gourami and maybe even a few shrimp. Is this an ok number for this size tank? And how long should it take to cycle since it was already used before I had it? Thank you for any help!
The only corydoras I would suggest are the dwarf species such as Corydoras pygmaeus. You might want to wait for a month or two before trying to add them. What substrate do you use? Sand would be the best for them.
Stick to 2-3 females per male when keeping platies. The downside is they reproduce too fast so your option is to either sell the fry or feed them to your fish. No need to rescue them. Also, I would suggest using the platies instead of zebra danios to cycle the tank. Zebra danios like plenty of swimming space and a 10g just do not fit the bill. Besides, these are schooling fish and best kept at 5 or more. Fishless cycling is even better. Just make sure ammonia and nitrites will not exceed 1 ppm if you wish to use fish so stress will be minimized. API liquid test kit is recommended for accurate results of ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH.
As for the dwarf gourami, I would just a note that most of these are hormone-pumped so these are not expected to last very long. You could however try sparkling gouramis, croaking gouramis or honey gouramis.
The tank is best planted with live plants rather than fake. Besides plants help eliminate nitrates which could result to stunted growth. Weekly water changes by 30-40% will suffice. There are plants that are undemanding and could be your best options to start with. Elodea densa and Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana) are a few I can mention.