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What should I put in a 10 gallon?
Old 08-20-2013, 09:25 PM   #11
 
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I think I'll do the corys, cherry shrimp, and some neon tetras. Can the corys be the ones with the spotted tails or are those bigger/ harder to take care of than the habrosus?

And yeah, I'll definitely use live plants. They just look so much better.

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Old 08-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #12
 
Hard to say, lots of cories have tail spots. But you probably don't want anything other than dwarf cories in a 10g. It's hard to give exact advice though, stocking is so circumstantial.

Highly recommend you check out the thread I linked, cheap easy 10g planted that is thriving. The sections on lighting may be especially helpful.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:19 AM   #13
 
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I think I'll do the corys, cherry shrimp, and some neon tetras. Can the corys be the ones with the spotted tails or are those bigger/ harder to take care of than the habrosus?

And yeah, I'll definitely use live plants. They just look so much better.
Most other corys reach around 2 - 3 inches, so much too big for a group to live in a ten. I think they can also be a bit difficult to find, I know I've never seen them sold where I live. I'd ask the pet store the scientific name of each corydora species before purchase, just to be sure.

Good luck, and would love to see a journal thread on this! I have a ten gallon myself, but it's just home to some cherry shrimp :)
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:22 PM   #14
 
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Here's what I've come up with after researching care for the fish, shrimp, and plants. Does it all look ok? What brands should I look at for the food/fertilizer?

10gal aquarium:
Marina Style 10 Glass Aquarium Kit- 10 Gallons

Heater:
ViaAqua 100-Watt Quartz Glass Submersible Heater with Built-In Thermostat

Substrate:
Sand

Plants:
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
Coffee Anubias (Anubias berteri 'Coffeefolia')
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)

Fish:
Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)- 6
Salt and Pepper Catfish (Corydoras habrosus)- 6
Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda)- 2

Food/Fertilizer:
Algae Wafers
Brine Shrimp
Daphnia
Tropical Flake/Pellet Food
Root Tabs
Liquid fertilizer

Other:
Driftwood
Small river rocks
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #15
 
Looks like you've mostly got it all figured out. Don't suppose I could convince you too get a 20g instead of a 10? Little bit of feedback for ya:



10gal aquarium:
Marina Style 10 Glass Aquarium Kit- 10 Gallons
Make sure you know which light and filter this kit comes with, lighting and filtration are super important and the stuff that comes with a kit can be really cheap. We can advise more on specifics if you want.

Heater:
ViaAqua 100-Watt Quartz Glass Submersible Heater with Built-In Thermostat
This is super strong, you can use a lower wattage if you like

Substrate:
Sand
Make sure the sand is inert

Plants:
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
Coffee Anubias (Anubias berteri 'Coffeefolia')
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis)
Also look at java moss and vallisneria

Fish:
Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)- 6
Salt and Pepper Catfish (Corydoras habrosus)- 6
Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda)- 2
Habrosus and cherries are great. The neons however, while widely regarded as a "beginner" fish, can actually be really tricky. The vast majority of neons sold at pet stores are sickly, over bred, and disease prone. I would avoid them, there are plenty of other similar tetras.

Food/Fertilizer:
Algae Wafers
Brine Shrimp
Daphnia
Tropical Flake/Pellet Food
Root Tabs
Liquid fertilizer Flourish Comprehensive

Other:
Driftwood
Small river rocks
Again, make sure the rocks are inert
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:56 PM   #16
 
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@Jeffrey: What would be a good alternative to a neon? Also I know nothing about lighting or filtration... are there any good threads or things I can read on that?

Thanks a bunch for your help.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:02 AM   #17
 
I'm trying ember tetras in my next tank, I haven't kept them before so I'm hesitant to recommend them but they stay small and sound fairly hardy. Maybe someone else can make some recommendations?

Tons of info on lighting and filtration, google around a bit and then we can help you with specific questions/ brand recommendations
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Old 08-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #18
 
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I was thinking the ember tetras looked pretty. I'll look more into them as well as lighting stuff.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:41 AM   #19
 
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I have two ten gallon tanks --- in one I have a colony of blue velvet shrimp -- very cool! The other I am setting up as a nano tank. So far I have 5 sparkling gournami's, 10 red cherry shrimp and a stone catfish. Other options would be the dwarf coriy -- very cute. I would look for nano size fish! also I agree with the angels -- I have an adult pair of angels -- they filll=up my 75 gallon tank!!
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