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post #1 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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10 Gallon Beginner fish

Are there any simple yet interesting/beautiful for a ten gallon?? I can think of bettas, cories, smaller tetras....ugh im having a brain fart -__-


You CANT put in: Plecos, goldfish, anything bigger then 4in is out, gaaaahhh!!! why cant i think today?!?

Anyway, this is for my friend and want to give her a hand with her new tank. And ill make sure she cycles :)

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-09-2013, 04:54 PM
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Everything depends on the water parameters though. Do you know what they are?

Oh, can't forget plants.

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How did I not think of those?? Anyway, she will have plants (ill give them to her), her water parametres will probably be the same as mine. But I can't remember what mine are...somewhere around 7?? I have no clue.

Ill post a list of what I'm telling her could fit later

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Knowing the water parameters, meaning the GH (general hardness) and pH, is important and especially so for some of the fish under consideration. Most of the very suitable small fish will be wild caught, and attention to their water preferences is essential.

The municipal water supply should be able to provide this info on the tap water, likely on their website.

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Knowing the water parameters, meaning the GH (general hardness) and pH, is important and especially so for some of the fish under consideration. Most of the very suitable small fish will be wild caught, and attention to their water preferences is essential.

The municipal water supply should be able to provide this info on the tap water, likely on their website.

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The paprameters are 6.8 for pH and im doing an Amazonian bio-type in the same water. I know its soft though. Could you do an Amazonian bio-type in a ten gallon?? Cories, smaller tetras and plants?? No algae eaters (or could you do an otocinlus after the tank has been set-up for a bit??).

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The paprameters are 6.8 for pH and im doing an Amazonian bio-type in the same water. I know its soft though. Could you do an Amazonian bio-type in a ten gallon?? Cories, smaller tetras and plants?? No algae eaters (or could you do an otocinlus after the tank has been set-up for a bit??).
Yes, to the queston about an Amazonia biotope in a 10g. There are some suitable fish:

Hyphessobrycon amandae

Corydoras pygmaeus
Corydoras hastatus
Corydoras habrosus
Corydoras leucomelas

Paracheirodon simulans

Carnegiella myersi [this is suitable, but a very delicate fish in my experience]

Otocinclus macrospilus [once the tank is established with algae]

The newly-named dwarf tetra I mentioned in another thread Significant characin discovery the other day would also be possible. Not all of these together of course, but several in groups would work.

Best plants would be the pygmy chain sword and chain sword, dwarf sword. And Brazilian Pennywort would be nice floating.

In this small a space, a real true biotope could have a lot of branches twisted together, sand substrate, and floating plants with either no substrate-rooted or just a couple of the swords mentioned.

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I can see her liking the sticks....hmmm time to nag my other friend for some driftwood :)

Would dwarf puffers work?? I have some rocks that increase the pH (not chemicals, just the type of rock) if they need it. Iwas going to keep them in my 25g but decided not to.

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I can see her liking the sticks....hmmm time to nag my other friend for some driftwood :)

Would dwarf puffers work?? I have some rocks that increase the pH (not chemicals, just the type of rock) if they need it. Iwas going to keep them in my 25g but decided not to.
Yes, only 3 in a 10g, with lots of plants. Soft water is fine for the true dwarf puffer.

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I agree your water would be fine for a Dwarf puffer through please keep in mind these can be messy fish/messy eaters. So the more you put in a small tank the harder it can be to keep the parameters at safe lvls (keeping the water clean.) There are things you can do to help with this though.

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Wait....dont dwarf puffers need live or frozen food??

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