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srawland 07-25-2013 03:59 PM

Inherited 10 gallon tank
I joined this forum because I need advice. I inherited a 10-gallon tank with 1 giant danio from my recently deceased boyfriend. Actually, it is his cat's tank which I also inherited. Yes, he loved his cat so much he got her a pet. He told me once that he wanted to give her something to watch while he was at work so got her a tank with a giant danio. when it died after 7 years she sat on the tank hood (she's a tiny thing) and cried and cried until he got her another one. Actually, he got her 2 but the surviving fish is apparently something of a bully in that it incessantly chased the other one until it finally committed suicide by jumping out of the tiny space left by the opening for the filter and the heater.

I understand that a 10-gallon tank is really quite small, but I don't really have room for a larger one. I was wondering if there were any other hardy fish I could keep in such a small tank, specifically I was thinking of a bottom feeder. While I do have a heater for the tank, I don't have air conditioning. I live in the San Francisco area and get their water supply which is a bit on the hard side. I do have a chemical additive that is supposed to buffer to a pH of 7.0.

Also, right now there are only plastic plants in the tank. Does anyone have any advice on live plants that would tolerate hardish water that can get a little on the warm side. (remember no air conditioning)

If it gets really hot should I put ice in the tank? If so, should I be freezing special fish tank ice?

I am new to tank ownership but I consider myself a responsible pet owner and want to do what is right by this fish. I don't have a name for it and I don't know what the cat calls the fish. The cat's name, by the way, is Little Misty.

Thanks for all your help in advance.

henningc 07-26-2013 04:52 PM

OK, you don't have to worry about the temp, the tropicals can tolorate that just fine. No ice or fish on the rocks. You can get 4 cory cats for bottom dwellers and they should do fine. A dwarf gourami would also look nice and a 10gal is fine for that. The Danio will leave all of those fish alone.

I think the cat will be happy with the new critters.

Tracy Bird 07-26-2013 11:25 PM

A 10 gallon is small for a Giant Danio, they are fast swimmers and need more length in the tank and they need to be in a shoal of 7-8 minimum.

I'm sure the Danio means a lot to you, but 10 gallon is too small for the fish.

Don't add any chemicals to your water, its more important to keep a stable ph which is next to impossible when adding chemicals. You just can't keep stable water with chemicals and you will ultimately do more harm than good - save the money you'd spend on chemicals on something else.

The ph is important when selecting fish, take a sample of your water to your local fish store and have them test your water for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and ph. Ammonia and Nitrite should be 0 and your nitrates ideally 20 or less.

Once you know what your ph is do some research of species (this site is an EXCELLENT research site and has some wonderful fish profiles) that live in your ph, or close to it, and pick those fish...

Plants are a lot of fun, you can look at Java Fern, Water Sprite, Java Moss, Anubias google hardy plants and you'll fine em'....

Not sure how hot it gets in San Fran, but most tropicals are kept in the 72-82 range... Not saying they can't live in hotter water, but thrive in hotter water depends on the species.

I agree Cory's are fish you should consider: bottom dwellers, active, great fish.


avraptorhal 07-27-2013 12:29 AM

Sorry about your loss! Tracey Bird is an very capable aquarist. You couldn't do any better following her advice!!

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