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FluffyWolf2 06-20-2012 04:49 PM

Recommendation 10G Sand Plants
 
Simply put the tank I am hoping to put some dwarf corys in and when needed have Molly Fry in with them to seperate from the adults. I wanted to ask for some good plant options and lightining options. I right now have the tank and a glass hood. I plan to have a sponge filter stuck to the side for when fry are added. Any recommendations on what may work best would be greatly appreciated. The canvas is essentially blank :)
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Geomancer 06-21-2012 08:21 AM

Floating plants, some options include Brazilian Pennywort (really a stem plant, but floats well), Amazon Frogbit, and Dwarf Water Lettuce. Water Sprite is a good floating plant, but would probably get too large for a 10 gallon.

For down below, you can have the typical low light stuff like Anubias and Java Fern. Java Moss is also very good for fry to hide in.

For substrate plants you can give Cryptocoryne Parva a try, and also Pygmy Chain Sword.

All of the above will work in a 'low light' and low tech setup (no CO2 injection). You could use either a single 18" T8 tube fixture, or you can use a dual screw in fixture with two 10W CFLs. In either case, get the daylight bulbs from a hardware store, they should be listed as 6500K for a color temperature.

Stormfish 06-21-2012 09:34 AM

Since you want to use this tank for Molly fry, I recommend bushy plants because the fry like to be able to hide and feel secure. Hortwort or Cabomba would both be great for this. Their light requirements (in my experience) are pretty minimal as well. Some thick, grassy plants would also be great.

I would caution against Cory in the tank with very small fry. My Cory eat brine shrimp, tubifex worms and bloodworms, so I know they'd be able to fit a Molly baby in their mouths. I know they wouldn't actively hunt the fry, but if they happened across one resting in the grass, they might suck it up.

Byron 06-21-2012 09:41 AM

Molly require medium hard or harder water, with a pH well above 7. The "dwarf" species of cory are soft slightly acidic water fish, and while they can manage with slightly basic water, if it is too basic and hard they will not last.

I agree on the previous suggestions for light and plants. Over a 10g, an incandescent fixture (screw-in bulbs) is cheapest and works well, I have this over my 10g with two 10w GE Daylight (6500K) CFL bulbs.

Byron.

FluffyWolf2 06-21-2012 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1124293)
Molly require medium hard or harder water, with a pH well above 7. The "dwarf" species of cory are soft slightly acidic water fish, and while they can manage with slightly basic water, if it is too basic and hard they will not last.

I agree on the previous suggestions for light and plants. Over a 10g, an incandescent fixture (screw-in bulbs) is cheapest and works well, I have this over my 10g with two 10w GE Daylight (6500K) CFL bulbs.

Byron.

I did not consider the Cory's water parameter desires. In that case are there any fish similar to the look of Cory's/Clown Loaches, that are small and can handle harder water? We have harder water where I live so softening it up would be kinda a rough job every time.

Byron 06-22-2012 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by FluffyWolf2 (Post 1124913)
I did not consider the Cory's water parameter desires. In that case are there any fish similar to the look of Cory's/Clown Loaches, that are small and can handle harder water? We have harder water where I live so softening it up would be kinda a rough job every time.

How hard, in numbers? You can ascertain this from your water supply people, probably they have a website. Also, what is the pH?

General terms like "hard" can refer to very different levels of hardness.

FluffyWolf2 06-22-2012 11:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1125677)
How hard, in numbers? You can ascertain this from your water supply people, probably they have a website. Also, what is the pH?

General terms like "hard" can refer to very different levels of hardness.

These are the numbers I was given (and could find):
pH UNITS 7.4 to 8 Ranges
Hardness (AS CaCO3) mg/L 198 to 316 ()

(ppm readings)
Magnesium 2.93 to 20.50
Calcium 11.2 to 103.0

Does that help or no? I can send you the full report they send out there is no exact gH/kH readings just the ions/minerals that make these up. If there is an easy formula I could work to convert if there is more data needed.

Found converter online My ranges for gH are (and if there is a test kit out there you'd recommend maybe an API one to go with my master test kit I could get this to test, I'd like something that did gH and kH though)...
11.088 to 17.696 (gH)

Byron 06-22-2012 12:04 PM

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Originally Posted by FluffyWolf2 (Post 1125774)
These are the numbers I was given (and could find):
pH UNITS 7.4 to 8 Ranges
Hardness (AS CaCO3) mg/L 198 to 316 ()

(ppm readings)
Magnesium 2.93 to 20.50
Calcium 11.2 to 103.0

Does that help or no? I can send you the full report they send out there is no exact gH/kH readings just the ions/minerals that make these up. If there is an easy formula I could work to convert if there is more data needed.

That is roughly between 11 and 17 dGH, which is medium hard to fairly hard.

What does the pH read in your aquarium? Just wondering if it changes much, as this will tell us something.

FluffyWolf2 06-22-2012 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1125781)
That is roughly between 11 and 17 dGH, which is medium hard to fairly hard.

What does the pH read in your aquarium? Just wondering if it changes much, as this will tell us something.

Looks like it about a ph of 8.0 Maybe even close to 8.2 in the tank.

Byron 06-22-2012 06:42 PM

There isn't a lot of space in a 10g, so back to your original question now that we have worked through the GH and pH, I would get some snails and leave the fish to the molly fry.


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