07-11-2011, 09:23 PM
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so i ended up getting 3 balloon belly mollies and 4 GloFish. Those 7 went into the 10 gallon. I also added wisteria or moneywort (couldn't tell which it is) and 2 mystery snails and 1 ghost shrimp. The guppy is about an inch, the GloFish are all about an inch and the 3 balloon bellies are like 1.5 inches. i plan on moving the balloon bellies into a 55 gallon or bigger tank when they get bigger.
My water is really soft and the alkalinity and pH are both low. pH is like 6.6. So I boiled a quahog shell and a mollusk shell i recently got and then put them into the tank. ill be checking the pH, softness, and alkalinity regularly and will remove the shells when they are at an ideal level.
Also, the 5 gallon tank is nearly established, so i was thinking of taking some of it's gravel and wrapping it in a coffee filter that i would then tie shut. would this help accelerate the cycling process on my 10 gallon tank. however, when i tested the 5gs water pH was 6.4 and the nitrites and nitrates were both at like 10 and there is green algae in the tank so i don't know if that's necessarily a good idea. any advice?