Originally Posted by jamm
Thanks guys! Oh Cassandra and Lacasolinas I recognize you both from the betta forum :) Hi again! (names ariel19 over there)
My Ph is 7.0-7.5 and everything else 0. It is heated and filtered. I was thinking of switching substrate from gravel to sand but I have no idea how much work thatd be.. I also have fake plants but I was thinking of possibly switching to live IF i do the sand thing.
No nitrates yet? How long has it been cycling, or have you yet to set it up?
If you are going to switch substrate, I'd do it before getting fish in there, and with a 10 gal it isnt too big of a hassle, but if its cycled, you might consider only doing half at a time over the course of a couple of weeks so that you dont remove too much beneficial bacteria that may be in the gravel.
If you do heavily live planted (especially stem) you could probably add fish pretty soon. What cycling menthod did you or are you using? Live plants arent hard to up keep. Just dont put a fish that will eat them or uproot them, in a 10 gal a regular hood will provide enough light for standard pet store plants. And a simple plant food from API or something weekly is more than enough.
If you do a heavily planted 10 gal, and its fully cycled...a neat fish is the dwarf puffer (2 maybe 3 could go in a 10 gal)...dont know how you feel on live food though, and they need small snails (i hear pond snails are softer shelled and easier for dwarf puffers to eat). Or in a heavily planted tank a nice dwarf gourami or 2 (either m/f pair, or f/f).
That pH is a bit too high for a blue ram to be happy and healthy, so I would scratch that off the list.
Have you considered some of the more vividly colored and wild patterns of some of the newer strains of male guppies available?
Or doing a tank with nothing but dwarf loaches? Or maybe pygmy hatchetfish, dwarf cory, and a school of neon tetra or similar small non-threatening shoal in the middle?
Thats just off the top of my head, and havent confirmed the pH of the fish mentioned, however at a pH of 7 there is a lot of options, if it is 7.5 though, you lose a lot of those options.