07-11-2013, 08:24 AM
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Since you are spending time, doing the research on fish etc., I'd say you will enjoy the hobby and be willing to put time into keeping a nice tank. A 10 gallon won't be hard to maintain :)
Plants are not hard, but you may spend a bit extra on fertilizer, like Flourish Comprehensive. I've had my bottle for over a year, so it lasts a long time. You can get a sword or java fern at PetCo for pretty cheap.
Since I know your looking at a 6,500K light, your plants should do just fine. I think fish prefer live plants.
I have playsand in my tanks, and my plants do fine. Playsand is super cheap, and for a 10 gal a pretty fast rinsing project, to get it clean. I just did this for my newly set up 10 gal.
I'm not sure what your water ph and hardness is, but to me, that is what should determine the fish you get, unless you want to mess with adding RO water (to keep many of the tetras etc). If you do have softer water, with a lower ph, I think a nice school of 10-15 Cardinal tetras would be so nice looking in a 10 gallon. A bit nicer looking than neons, but also more expensive, typically.