Starting fresh!!! new 10 gallon tank!!!
A friend of mine gave me a used 10 gallon tank that he use to have 3 huge 5 inch fancy goldfish in! i sold the fish cause its no way i could tank care of them in such a small tank that isnt even cycled yet!!! so i sold them. Anyway:
i already have a 10 gallon tank going so i put the sponge from my old tank into the new used tank to help it cycle. any tips to speed it up? i dont wanna use live animals to make it cycle faster.
Im thinking of, once its cycled, to put guppys in.
I want to put live plants in. Im using a DIY co2 deal.
it has 2 places to put lights in the hood so i just need to bye light bulbs. how many watts should i use?
i want to use flourite but i have no expereince with this stuff. do i use that as substrate? or do i put it under the substrate? i want to use sand. how much flourite to i use for my 10 gallon tank?
can i use simple play sand from home depot?
I also noticed a dark green stuff growing in my filter. whats this?
sorry for all the questions lol
i just want the new 10 gallon tank to be perfect
Very smart move taking these fish outta there!!!!
If you use existing filter media from any WELL established tank and squish it & rinse it in the new 10g you'll have all necessary bacteria in it. Add to it a bunch new live plants and you can start stocking SLOWLY, eg. Put 2 Guppies in then & there, then another 2 the week after.
Meanwhile doing all of this of cause keep checking your water parameters to ensure noting goes up & outta control (but I'm sure you know all this).
You don't really need CO2 provided the plants have the proper lights.
Sorry can't help you with the special substrate there..Mine always all got gravel, water & light and were growing enormously that way.
Personally I'd form a base of that stuff for each plant and then sand over top of it and that don't need much but a few lbs for a 10g then.
Dark green like hairy? Like algae!?
Cool thanks. It's more like a dark green and smooth sheets of it
what else should I do?
I agree with Angel, in a 10g I would not go to the expense and trouble/bother of CO2 and special substrates. But that depends upon what you want, it is your aquarium.
Still I wouldn't bother personally with non that fancy stuff, you can find some pictures of my tanks in this thread http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...r-31628/page2/ and as I said that was all water&light& gravel (and fish of cause).
The biggest key IMO for proper plants is the light and nothing else. Dep on your source water maybe some extra nutrition as far as plant fertilizer but that's to the extent that I'd do it.
PS no matter how much "fancy" stuff you put in a tank, if your biological system is not right for one reason or another it'll cause you troubles regardless.
so i shouldnt use flourite? i just dont wanna put the substrate in then find out i need flourite only to dig up the tank to put the flourite in.
what kind of sand should i use then? can i just use normal sand or play sand found at home dept?
Its your tank hun!
If YOU feel you need it and wanna spent the extra money, go for it.
Me personally I'd not buy it and IF needed (which I doubt with a good water source & proper lights like I said before) IFF you still need something then buy plant fertilizer.
And here again, you can gladly spent the $ for "Aquarium sand" or go to any home store and buy Play sand (I say play sand cause "random" otherwise used sand for eg. construction could have other stuff in it you don't want, play sand if child safe so no additives).
Hope that helps ya.
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