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magpie 11-17-2012 06:45 PM

10 gallon planted tank questions
 
I'm going to make my 10 gallon quarantine tank into a little planted nano with some small fish and some shrimp. I've never had such a small tank.

Here's what I was thinking:
- Sand substrate
- Low tech
- moderately-heavily planted
- Not yet sure of lighting - will happily take recommendations.

- Shrimp - type yet to be decided. Maybe CRS. I know that to really do a successful shrimp tank they are alone, but I just want the adults to be left alone. If they have enough cover for some babies to survive, that's just a bonus.
- Fish - I was thinking:
Clown killis (6?)
Celestial pearl danios or Emerald dwarf rasboras (6-8?)
Scarlet badis (2)
Asian Stone/Dwarf Moth catfish (Hara jerdoni) (1-3? I read they like buddies also)

I feel like this might be overstocked.
Would you stick with the badis OR the CPD/EDRs or could I do both?

Other question is for filter - what would you all recommend? With the shrimp I know people use sponge filters. Would a sponge filter be enough? Do I do a baby canister filter? I know the killis don't like a ton of surface movement so the HOB is probably not the greatest idea.

Other question is re: little plants. What have you all used that actually stays small for low-tech small tanks? I know I can prune but there must be some that are more well-suited size-wise.

Thanks in advance for any advice or input you have for me!

magpie 11-17-2012 07:11 PM

Or... maybe I could do 2-3 dwarf puffers and some freshwater bumblebee gobies or otos... :D

Canadian Fish 11-17-2012 07:43 PM

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Originally Posted by magpie (Post 1314868)
Or... maybe I could do 2-3 dwarf puffers and some freshwater bumblebee gobies or otos... :D

3 dwarf puffers in a heavily planted tank with a few hiding spots would be awesome. I recently set up something similar.

magpie 11-17-2012 07:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Canadian Fish (Post 1314911)
3 dwarf puffers in a heavily planted tank with a few hiding spots would be awesome. I recently set up something similar.

Do you have a 10 gallon?

Were you able to sex your puffers? I've read to either do all females or one male with the rest female.

They are very appealing... the only thing keeping me from jumping right on them is their possible inability to be with any other fish. A 10-gallon with only 3 fish might seem empty. But I guess if I landscape it heavily it will be beautiful no matter what. And then you get the bonus of having an interactive fish. Some people say they can be with freshwater BB Gobies, Ottos, shrimp, but it seems like with Bettas - depends on the individual fish's temperament. Some have to be alone, others don't care.

Do you have yours with any other critters?

What kind of plants and filter do you have?

Canadian Fish 11-17-2012 07:59 PM

I set it up for 3 dwarf puffers but the store brought in amazon puffers in error. So now I need to move the amazons into a larger tank. Now, however, they have pea puffers in stock, so I can get three to go in the 10. You can see pics in my aquarium log on the left. I have various low light plants and an aquaclear 20 filter. I plan on adding more plants if I can get some of the dwarf puffers to go in here when the amazons come out.

Boredom just put 3 dwarves in with one he already had as the lone occupants of a 29 gallon tank.

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/3013/puffer1.gif http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/6981/puffer2.gif

magpie 11-17-2012 09:01 PM

I've just been doing a bunch of research and I think I'm leaning heavily towards the puffers now. My 65 gallon is already a community, so it would be fun to have something a little different I think.

What substrate do you use, and what filter?

I'll go searching for Boredomb's thread. Thanks!


(PS - I think your signature makes my scrolling on the screen laggy/jumpy...)


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