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ruby716 04-19-2011 02:59 PM

Suggestions for new 10 gallon tank
 
Hi,

So I finally got a 10 gallon tank, stepping it up from my 2.5 gallon tank where I have a ghost shrimp and a fancy tail guppy. I bought a heater, biofilter wheel that goes in front of the regular filter part, i have a bubble maker, and 1 fake plant.. i want to get 1 live plant and then a couple of other decorations, and gravel. What are some nice tropical fish I can put in there? I was thinking to have like 6 or 7 fish.. What should I get and what fish would go well with others??

Byron 04-19-2011 07:04 PM

First question for you is, what are your tap water parameters (hardness and pH)? You mention guppies and shrimp, so making an assumption you may have basic, hard or medium hard water. That is important to know, because for a 10g you have a lot of small fish to choose from to make an interesting display, but some need very soft water. So telling us the parameters will enable us to offer ideas.

Byron.

ruby716 04-20-2011 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 653211)
First question for you is, what are your tap water parameters (hardness and pH)? You mention guppies and shrimp, so making an assumption you may have basic, hard or medium hard water. That is important to know, because for a 10g you have a lot of small fish to choose from to make an interesting display, but some need very soft water. So telling us the parameters will enable us to offer ideas.

Byron.


ummmm im not sure.. i take my water samples to the fish store and they always tell me everything is perfect so...my p.h. is 7.7..

Byron 04-20-2011 05:57 PM

You will need to do a bit of research, it is very easy.

You know your pH is 7.7 so we are dealing with "basic" water as opposed to acidic water. A pH of 7 is neutral, basically pure distilled water, and nothing lives in that. Natural water will either be on the acidic side (pH below 7) or basic (alkaline, pH above 7) depending upon what it comes in contact with from source. Your tap water pH is most likely due to the source of the water, though it is possible to add stuff to the water to raise the pH. Won't get in to all that, no need now.

The pH is naturally related to the hardness of the water. This you can find out from your water supply people. Many now have a website with the water analysis posted, or if not they can tell you. You want to know the GH (general hardness) and KH (carbonate hardness).

Once you have that, we can move on.

By the way, a test kit is a good investment. API make a very good one that is a Master Combo, it contains pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. These are the basic tests you should do esp with new tanks, but after it is established periodic testing for pH and nitrates are a good idea.

The "everything is perfect" probably relates to ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. The first two are very toxic, the last is less so but still needs monitoring. And for this you will always need to know the number.

Byron.


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