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Ember and Lemon Tetras 10 gallon tank?
Old 10-24-2010, 03:24 PM   #21
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You really need to research the fish you like. In a 10 gallon I personally would not put any other fish in it with the lemons. If you have hard water you should get fish that will do well in your water for the sake of your fish. As Byron mentioned we do have the fish profile tab at the top if I were you I would go threw each one look at the picture to find a fish you like then read what it says about that fish to see if it will fit your tank and water permeters.
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:27 PM   #22
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Sorry thefishboy, I didn't get see your post until just now. I don't know about platys but somewhere I read that they are messy. It wasn't TFK. Who knows?

Right now I have an external filter. Would an internal filter that has adjustable flow be just as good as a sponge filter?

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Old 10-25-2010, 05:20 AM   #23
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I have a plan! I think this will work! And I can keep my Swordtails with a little bit of room for more!

Ok, here is the plan. I have to buy an internal filter because the water flow is to heavy for my Lemons, right? So that will leave my Tetra-unfriendly power filter not even in use. I can go to my other LFS and get an empty 10g tank and put my old filter (which I've only had since June) and put it on the new tank! How does that sound?

Then I can move my swordtails over. I have to find something to do with my corydoras, though. I don't have room for 5 of them and my 2 Swortails. Besides, I want to get a platy! Platys and Swordtails should do fine together, right?

I also think guppies are pretty but, I read on the Tropical Fish Profiles (up top) that you should not put them with other fish that nip fins. I know from expirence that at least one of my Swordtails will nip fins (when my betta lived with my 3 fish in GatorSwamp, back when I had 4 fish in GatorSwamp). Will it leave the guppy alone because they are both livebearers (right?)? You all can give me ypo (your personal opinion).

So the Lemons I plan to leave in the tank they're in now. I really want a glass shrimp in that tank. I couldn't find anything on glass shrimp. I need to know if the shrimp will (or could) harm my Tetras, alter pH and softness to unsuitable (and stay unsuitable), if it will overstock my aquarium, or if it will be attacked by my Lemons. Can anybody tell me if they think 6 Lemons and a glass shrimp will work? Thanks!

I also want to plant GatorSwamp (Tetras 10g). The only plants I can find are Aponogeton bulbs. I have never researched plants because...I don't know how. If Aponogeton bulbs are a problem with Tetras, glass shrimp, or water chemistry (soft water, 6.8pH) please let me know. I already planted 2 afew months ago. But I can remove them if they are causeing problems.

This is my planned setup so please post if something won't work. I should be able to afford this in just afew less than a month!

Tank 1 (Tetras 10g) pH 6.8, temp 76, internal filter, planted
6 Lemon Tetras
1 Glass Shrimp

Tank 2 (livebearers 10g) pH 7.6, temp 78, power filter
2 Swordtails
1 Platy
1 Guppy?

If this setup is a problem, please post. Thanks!

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Old 10-25-2010, 08:59 AM   #24
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Since you already have the one cory why don't you instead of the guppy and platy add 2 more corys of the same kind? Corys really are great little fish if you give them a chance mine swim all over the tank and are fun to watch because they are always active looking for food. And 3 would be ok in a 10 gallon with the 2 swordtails.
By glass shrimp do you mean ghost shrimp? They look like this:

If so they should be fine with the Lemons and you could probably do maybe 3 in there because they have a very very low bioload. I have them in with Ember Tetras which are alot smaller than your lemons and they are alot of fun to eatch and help keep the tank clean. They only cost about 15 cents and are well worth it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:13 AM   #25
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I guess I meant to say ghost shrimp. Maybe my LFS can order some.

I had my hopes up for a platy in the tank. Will 2 Corys be Ok with 2 Swordtails and a Platy?

Thanks for posting!
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Old 10-25-2010, 10:50 AM   #26
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3 would be the min for the corys you may be okay to do the 3 corys, 2 swordtails and a platy as long as you keep up the water changes and if you could plant alot of plants that would help even more.
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Old 10-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #27
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Thank you everybody for the help! I will probably have everything set up in about a month! Thanks for the help from all who posted!

Small fry,

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Old 10-25-2010, 02:57 PM   #28
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I also have a few more things to cover.

Do you think I can put another 10g on this shelf (sorry my room is a mess today);
Shelf 1.jpg

shelf Tank 2.jpg
Haha my betta lives in the 1.5g

I think I could put a 29g on that thing if it didn't have 10s. It is pretty sturdy. It hasn't bent much at all with the first tank.

Secondly, I really need to get my swordtails and corydoras out so that I can soften the water of GatorSwamp (Tetras 10g). Should I put the Swordtails and the Corydoras through the cycle (one of my swordtails is a fry)?

How do you soften tank water?

What do you all think I should do?

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Old 10-25-2010, 03:18 PM   #29
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First on the shelf, I see it bending from the weight of the 10g; I suspect a 29g (three times the weight) would bring it crashing down some night, if not immediately. Even as it is, there is a risk; an uneven support for any tank can cause the tank to contort (if that is the word I'm looking for) to the extent that the frame is uneven and the weight of the water on the glass can cause the silicone seal to break, or crack the glass especially on the bottom. I would invest in a sturdy stand for the 29g, even if just two concrete blocks (on the floor) with a 3/4 inch sheet of plywood; simple but very stable and solid.

Your question on softening water is complicated to answer. Water hardness is determined by the mineral content of the source water, primarily calcium and magnesium. Removing mineral from water can be done easiest with a Reverse Osmosis (RO) unit, but this is very expensive. Diluting the water with soft water such as rainwater (if you live where it is safe to use) or distilled water will work, and in a 10g it would not take that much to be overly expensive (if you have to buy the water). Or filtering the water through peat; this will stain the water brownish, not unhealthy for the fish, but not everyone like the appearance. And the peat lasts so long and then has to be replaced. Using a product like Blackwater tonic also works, though you have to keep buying it for each water change.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:32 PM   #30
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I am sorry, I didn't mean I was going to get a 29g, I just meant I thought the dresser could support it. Sometimes I am impossible to understand. Sorry.

As for now though. Putting another 10g tank on the shelf is out of the question, right? You say it is becomeing weaker? I guess I can cut a piece of strong plywood and lay it on top of the dresser and put only my Tetras 10g tank on. I just can't think wear I would put a new one. Maybe I can put it on the other side of my room.

I don't think buying a stand will be apprecieted by my parents, but the only other surface avalible is the other side of my computer desk (the other side has a 10g on it called CichlidRock). I think my dresser is a lot stronger than my computer desk so that is deffinately out of the question. Maybe I can get a bedside table or a 10g tank stand that would support the wieght. Who knows.

About the water softening. What percent distilled water do I need to mix with the fresh water? I don't want to overdo the distilled, and I don't want to underdo the distilled.

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