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post #1 of 26 Old 07-09-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for a ten gallon???

I got a new ten gallon recently and finished leak testing this morning (all good except for a chip, should I be worried? It didn't leak but I put silicone over it just to be safe). But I can't decide what to do with it! Here are some ideas I thought about. Endlers and RCS. Pair of rams and some other small fish like guppies. DG and 4 of some small tetra. All of these would have tons of plants too. I just can't decide. I'm open to any further suggestions. Thanks!
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I got a new ten gallon recently and finished leak testing this morning (all good except for a chip, should I be worried? It didn't leak but I put silicone over it just to be safe). But I can't decide what to do with it! Here are some ideas I thought about. Endlers and RCS. Pair of rams and some other small fish like guppies. DG and 4 of some small tetra. All of these would have tons of plants too. I just can't decide. I'm open to any further suggestions. Thanks!
I personally wouldn't worry too much about a problem with a 10 gallon, especially since you put some silicone (aquarium safe, I hope) on it.

I think Endlers and RCS would be nice, but RCS will not breed in a higher ph, which is what Endlers need, so there are some compatibility issues there.

What about a few sparkling gourami's and dwarf cories? Check out the profiles.

Or you could do a dwarf puffer tank, with 3-4 of them. They are really cute.

I don't think 10 gallons is big enough for a pair of rams, IMO.

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post #3 of 26 Old 07-10-2012, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Good ideas! I had come up with another idea (sort of a mix). 4-5 endlers, 5 celestial pearl danios, and 1-2 sparkling gouramis (are they aggresive towards each other like DG's?), RCS, and it would be heavily planted. Would a ph of 7 work? My ph is naturally 8.2, so I mix RO water and equilibrium. But I can mix in some of my water to make the ph around 7.5, would that work? Thanks!
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I think you've got the right idea looking at nano fish. A 10 gallon is as small as it gets for a community tank, so the fish ought to be small too. And not very active.

I would pass on the rams and the DG - too big.

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Good ideas! I had come up with another idea (sort of a mix). 4-5 endlers, 5 celestial pearl danios, and 1-2 sparkling gouramis (are they aggresive towards each other like DG's?), RCS, and it would be heavily planted. Would a ph of 7 work? My ph is naturally 8.2, so I mix RO water and equilibrium. But I can mix in some of my water to make the ph around 7.5, would that work? Thanks!
From what I read here on this forum, the Sparkling gouramis are not aggressive like their counterparts, and prefer to be in a group, no less than 3. RCS will breed maybe in 7.5, but 7.2 would be better, with 7.0 being best. Also, Sparkling gouramis love heavily planted tanks, as that is in there natural environment.

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post #6 of 26 Old 07-11-2012, 12:45 PM
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A betta sorority is an option. There so beautiful and you have pretty much unlimited coulor options.

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Another vote for a Dwarf Puffer tank. Maybe not as colorful, but they seem to have a lot of character. Plus just a cute fish...
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post #8 of 26 Old 07-11-2012, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Lot's of great ideas! So how about three sparkling gouramis, but how many endlers and CPD's can I have? I like dwarf puffers a ton! I kept some a long time ago and they were adorable. I also like bettas, but I already have some. I think I'll stick with these smaller community fish. How low could my pH be for the other fish? I'm thinking 7.2 will work. What about GH? Maybe 6-7? Thanks guys!
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Lot's of great ideas! So how about three sparkling gouramis, but how many endlers and CPD's can I have? I like dwarf puffers a ton! I kept some a long time ago and they were adorable. I also like bettas, but I already have some. I think I'll stick with these smaller community fish. How low could my pH be for the other fish? I'm thinking 7.2 will work. What about GH? Maybe 6-7? Thanks guys!
The sparkling Gourami and endlers have different water requirements, (I think. I'm going to check now), so I'd say no on them together. Check out the profiles, they'll give you that info, so you can make a good decision.

Yep, they do :) Also, you should look at availablity of these fish in your area. I don't think I've ever seen a sparkling Gourami where I live.

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post #10 of 26 Old 07-11-2012, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Wait, yep they do what? Have different water requirements? Sorry if I misunderstood you. Thanks!
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