oooh tiny tanks! but a 10 gallon is huggge for me XD I run 1 gallon - 3 gallon tanks, and I've left them for up to 2 weeks. They generally house a betta.
My method is very simple and comes in a few steps:
First I establish the tank (and not worry about how it looks), it's almost like a cycle... but not really.
It helps to get the hard scape down to something you love. This way you should end up with a good looking tank just by following a few basic planting rules (low plants at the front, high ones at the back)
I usually do this by planting the tank with a variety of plants that I want, then adding a tonnnnne of pond snails, mts and ramshorns. You can use any substrate you want, with perhaps the exception of gravel, in my experience plants just dont love gravel as much :P My personal preference is one of the black clay/lava rock substrates like ecocomplete/floramax or flourite black.
I then leave the tank running with the light on a timer. A good light is very important for plant growth! I aim for medium to high light with several areas of shade. low light also works great with select low light plants :) Then over the course of a month or so I feed the snails occasionally like I would feed fish.
You will know when the tank establishes, ammonia nitrite and nitrate readings should be 0, and Ph should be stable, (if you are not getting across the board 0s, you dont have enough fast growing plants XD)
After the tank establishes and comes to a balance I can rearrange the tank and plants, trim and what not to get the desired look and... Stock!
I stop feeding the snails at this stage since I have new fish to feed... you will find that this tank can hold a much higher bioload than the average nano tank...
That's just my method anyway XD
the key to success here is proper lighting and fast growing stem plants :) Sent from Petguide.com App