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Old 04-01-2010, 05:09 AM   #11
 
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:14 PM   #12
 
Well. I started the tank today. I have a danio and about 12 really small feeder guppies to get the cycle going. When It's done cycling I will feed the guppies to my dwarf lion fish and royal gramma. How long do you think before the tank will be done cycling???
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:24 PM   #13
 
It normally takes between 2-3 weeks before you can remove the feeder fish then you gotta add all the next fish slowly (2-3) at a time until you reach were you want to go.

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Old 04-02-2010, 12:32 AM   #14
 
Cool. 2-3 at a time is plenty for me. I'm used the the saltwater 1 every 3 weeks. What fish would you reccomend I get? Plants?
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:58 AM   #15
 
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What are your source water parameters (pH and hardness)?
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:40 PM   #16
 
Can I cycle my tank with live plants in it? How big of a water change should I be doing and how often?
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:59 PM   #17
 
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Can I cycle my tank with live plants in it? How big of a water change should I be doing and how often?
Until you've given us the answer to iamntbatman's question, we can give much advice on fish as you asked previously. Plants are less fussy, provided the parameters are not extreme.

Cycling with plants, absolutely; this is my preferred method, but then all my tanks are planted. If you plant sufficiently at the start, you can add a few fish the same day and there will be no "cycle" to speak of. You need a good group of plants (not one or two, but moderately well planted) and as this appears to be your first attempt I would not recommend you put in too many fish at the start. The ammonia the fish produce will be used by the plants as ammonium which is their preferred source for nitrogen, one of the nutrients they require to grow.

As for water changes, it depends somewhat upon whether or not you have live plants, what type of fish and how many, and the size of the aquarium. Most aquarists recommend a partial water change every week; get in the habit of doing it the same day when you are likely to have the time, say first thing Saturday or Sunday morning or something, so it becomes a "habit" of its own. The amount (volume) you change depends upon the fish load and plants and tank size, but most suggest somewhere between 25% and 50% of the tank volume. Use a good conditioner.

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Old 04-03-2010, 12:57 AM   #18
 
The pH of my tap water is 8. My local fish store carries a large variety fish including neon tetras and discus.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:01 PM   #19
 
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The pH of my tap water is 8. My local fish store carries a large variety fish including neon tetras and discus.
Knowing this, some plant suggestions would be:

Vallisneria (this does exceptionally well in harder water)
Sagittaria (very similar to Vall in appearance)
Echinodorus bleherae (the most common "sword" usually available, and one that does well in harder water than many others)
Echinodorus tenellus (the pygmy chain sword)

The above are substrate-rooted plants; all send out runners except for E. bleherae that has a flower spikes on which daughter plants will develop underwater, so these will reproduce once settled. There are also stem plants, most of the commonly available ones manage in harder water fine.

As for fish, livebearers and rift lake cichlids are ideally suited, and some of the characins (tetras) will manage OK [check out the Fish Profiles section, this is mentioned in the water parameters for all species]. As you are talking about a 10g tank, rift lake cichlids are not an option. Livebearers need a bit of room, although there are some interesting small species (not just guppies, some much more interesting). Shrimp would do well too, and provide some bottom interest, although a trio of Corydoras aeneus or C. paleatus (both adapt to harder water fairly well) are possibilities; the dwarf species which would suit a 10g do not adapt to hard water.

Hope this is of some help. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of searching to find some of the "rarer" fish, but the wait is worth it when you end up with really suitable fish in your aquarium rather than filling it with whatever is available. Only this week I added some fish to one of my Amazonian setups that I have been waiting for several years to find.

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Old 04-04-2010, 12:49 AM   #20
 
Tank you for the suggestions. My tank has been cycling for two days and I could smell the ammonia when I sniffed the water. I did a two gallon water change and now I can hardly smell it. Was this an OK thing to do? I didn't feel comfortable being able to smell the ammonia in my tank.
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