Reallocating my ten gallon tank... help
So my bare bottom ten gallon tank is making me nuts. I'm thinking of doing something far more traditional than my other tanks. I was thinking sand sub, with river rocks, some amazon plants, some floating grape vine, and maybe some ADF with my two Gold Gourami. OR a handful of black neon tetra with something else... or... I dunno. Suggestions?
My water tends to run at about 6.5-7.2 PH, 120 GH, 0 KH. Temp is flexible depending on stocking.
Pictures of different aquarium designs + Tetras
I would try to stay with fish that stay small in size as you said that it is a 10 gal. tank. A tetra tank would be nice like a amazon look to it.I have a aquarium design book and posted a few pictures of a Downriver Amazon aquarium,Amazon acid pool aquarium and a few other pictures from my book. Pictures of neon tetras, and penguin tetra, Harlequein rasboras. A better Rasbora tetra would be the Espes Rasboras they are smaller and look sort of like the halequin. My book said that cory catfish species are native amazonian fish so a couple of those for the bottom would be good. added driftwood some floating plants, small bushy plants placed behind and around driftwood pieces, gasslike plants should be separeted and planted out in a radom fashion. If you use a black background the colors of the tetras will look really nice. In the picture it looks like a combination of sand and black gravel around some of the plants, You can use a tannish gravel as well instead of the sand. Pool filter sand has a tannish color and is cheap at a pool supply store. 50lb for about $12 and is a courser sand.
The rock and wood look is the one I'm going for. I just finished painting the tank. 3 sides black. I have limited options as far as places to put it. That is another hitch. Option one is under the 55 in the living room. BUT I'm concerned that leaving that bottom part open will weaken the support it offers the big tank up top. Another option is my kitchen, but space is limited. That is a recurring them in the house. NO ROOM!!! When I get down to it the front porch seems to be the only place that isn't filled to capacity. I seriously need a bigger house. I guess this is the motivation I need to get the garage empty, painted, and furnished.
Anyhow, I'm going to get it up and cycling in my dining room in an old dry sink. The I've been running the sand under a tap for a couple hours now. I have no idea what it used to be. The bag was in my shed when we bought the house several years ago and even then the writing on the bag was faded. It has small pebbles finer than little gravel but bigger than sand. It is much darker than play sand. (Hopefully its not cat litter lol) all the wood has soaked for a couple months now and the rocks have been cleaned and soaked several times now. I have an abundance of daughter plants from my various swords, and a filter that has been running on a cycled tank for over a month.
All I have to do is throw it together and pick some fish. My LFS gave me a voucher for black neon tetra, blue neons, raspboras, zebra danios, or ....errr... something else 2/$1. They have had trouble locating the Cherry red shrimp I asked for over a month ago and this was to get me to keep coming back lol. I figure I'll abuse that, I mean use that once I decide. I already have 30 zebra danio and 10 blue neons for other tanks.
Pics of progress
Here's the so far pictures. I siphoned water off my big tank above and had to rescue a couple nosey cory that got a little too close to the tube. Dummies. lol
Do be mindful that some sand used in construction trade may contain mortar or lime, The fact that the writing on the bag was not legible might give me pause to consider spending the five bucks for 50 lbs of playsand.
I tested the PH this morning and it was a balmy 7.6. Had there been lime I would have seen a drop in PH.
I'm going to keep monitoring it. I'm in no rush.
Pool filter sand pics 10 gal & 6 gal tanks
You will like the pool filter sand. I changed out my small 10 gal. tank from black sand to the pool filter sand as the blk. moscow guppy babies were hard to see with the black sand. The tanks looks so much brighter then the before. I just poured the sand into this tank after cleaning the tank and I did not wash the sand. The baby fry are 4 weeks old and are fine even thought I did not rinse this. It makes the water really cloudy but once the sand settles it clears up. Just rinse out the filter pads over the next few weeks as this will turn a brownish color. I did however rinse many 5 gal. buckets of pool filter sand for my 55 gal. tank. I do not vacumme the sand top except for my 20 gal. tank as I have some Bumblebee platies that are real poopers and the the top of the sand gets really dirty looking with their poop. All my live planted tanks are well balanced now as the plants are growing really well with low light and very little fertilizer as the poop acts like fertilizer for the plants in back. If you get algae showing up on the sand I just rub it between my hand in sections in the tank and the sand will come clean. I like the grain of this sand as it is courser and not fine like the play sand. The color is nice sort of tannish with other colors mixed in it up close. I changed all my tanks to this sand. I have black sand in a few tanks. I like sand over gravel and think that I will never use gravel in my home tanks. My unfiltered tub pond has tan gravel on the bottom. here is a picture of my 10 gal. tank I changed out and my 6 gal. I changed recently.
I like how you have that one area cordoned off. I may have to do something similar. I put the filter on the end of the tank for ease of access. However, it has created a heck of a current and I doubt the fish will appreciate it. I played with the rocks sand and plants for several hours last night and I'm still not content with it yet.
I have the same problem with space in my house for all the tanks I want to do.The house seemed plenty big enough when we bought it until you start adding more and more kids stuff that seems to take over every room.I agree with Eileen on doing a group of smaller fish like the tetras in a 10g.I did a gruop of neons in my 10g and love how it turned out.
Much to my realtor's dismay, I am putting back the way I had it. This whole staging to "look bigger" is making it FEEL smaller. We have 1600 sq foot with a very open floor plan which translates into lots of doors and windows and not a lot of space. It's suffocating. When we started this tank thing six short months ago I ONLY had the ten gallon tank. Now I have the 55, two 16s, 10, and a couple gallon ones. Now I gotta figure out how to move my 700 pound set up. Good times.
The water has cleared and I'm trying to force myself to get used to is rather than play with it endlessly. Gonna go draw pictures of the house and see if I can't get some kind of brilliant flash that will solve all my floorspace issues.
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