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sweatpantstom 02-17-2009 01:56 AM

New 10gal in my office
I just bought a 10gal tank for my office and Looking for suggestions as to what I should make it into. I want it to look nice so people will come in and look at it. Any suggestions. Thanks in advance for your help.

onefish2fish 02-17-2009 02:01 AM

welcome to the forum.
i personally would tape off the tank and spray paint the back black. i would add black or a dark substrate, then i suggest cycling it with the fishless cycling method, you can find more about it here:
then i would add plants and cherry red shrimp and even 6 neon tetras, a few colorful male guppies, or 1 betta. its a hit or miss if the betta will eat the shrimp but in a planted tank they have a better chance of survival.

JohnnyD44 02-17-2009 07:04 AM

Welcome, yeah i agree, bnlack subtrate looks great in a tank with a black back drop. Maybe some lemon tetras would be great too!

1077 02-17-2009 08:32 AM

Were it me, (and it ain't) I would go with white sand, dark backdrop. and group of sparkling gouramis or threadfin rainbows. Maybe four pygmy corys as well.

impact4 02-17-2009 08:39 AM

I am doing pretty much the post above. Go for an amazon look, driftwood and short plants and light sand. Then put in 3-4 cories and a pair of guppies, small gouramis, or any pair of small colorful fish.

Tyyrlym 02-17-2009 09:16 AM

It's only 6 gallons not 10 but I get a lot of compliments on it.

Work Eclipse - 6 gallon Freshwater fish tank

finsNfur 02-17-2009 01:32 PM

The easiest way to get a black background is to tape a piece of black poster board from a pharmacy or office supply store to the back. It's less than $2.00 a sheet, and you'll only need one sheet. Just cut it to fit.

You have all sorts of options stocking and decorating your tank. Some like a natural look, and some like bright colors with entertaining decorations like "no fishing" signs. In addition to fish, you might consider a few large apple snails, which get to be golf ball size, and people enjoy watching. Or, if you have small, peaceful fish, you might consider some red shrimp. You have many options, good luck and please keep us updated on what you decide. :-D

sweatpantstom 02-18-2009 01:45 AM

I got some black paper and put it behind so it has a nice backdrop and I don't have to see the cords. I also went out and bought a nice rock formation and put it in there. I also got a bubble strip and man do ppl love bubbles. and I got 3 fake plants and arranged them nicely. I am cycling right now with 4 zebra danios but am still unsure where I will take it once it is ready for some new fiish

Tyyrlym 02-18-2009 09:51 AM

Do you have a test kit? Preferably liquid (you don't save money on strips. A liquid test kit can last a long time). Since you're cycling with fish you need to keep an eye on ammonia and nitrite levels so you can track your cycle. Additionally you need to change some of the fish's water anytime the ammonia or nitrite readings exceed 0.25 ppm.

sweatpantstom 02-19-2009 12:12 AM

yeah I have my test liquid and I am all set to make water changes when needed. I don't like dead fishes

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