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11-20-2013, 12:20 AM #1
Mixing a 10 Gallon with a Beginner :)
So... a 10 gallon tank is being mixed with a first time aquarium owner... Lets see how it goes, shall we?
Some backstory: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=115100
So, if you dont want to read that, Ill make it really really short and tell you I've just gotten a 10 gallon tank, along with filter, heater, etc.
No need to worry, Ive done my research and will soon be beginning the fishless-cycle :)
Expect more posts when that begins.
For now, Im finishing up deciding on the kinds of things like whether I want gravel or sand (went with sand).
My plan for fish is to, as catfish and loaches are my favorite kind of fish, keep corydoras habrosus and just go with whatever fish go nicely with them. So... (is a word i like to start sentences with apparently) I plan to post here from day 1 of the cycle to, well, until I stop keeping fish, which hopefully will be never!
Expect many questions from in the coming days!
I hope to see you all around on the forums,
"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
11-20-2013, 02:19 AM #2
good luck with your new tank! A ten gallon won't give you a lot of choice for stocking, but they are still fun - right now its the only tank I have as I am waiting to move, and I'm enjoying it.
Hope your cycle establishes quickly for you!
11-20-2013, 01:03 PM #3Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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+1 with above regarding stocking - you need to stick with fish that stay very small (like no larger than 1-1 1/2 inches full size)- a tank that size will handle a small school of tetras, perhaps a few guppies/platies, microfish, small shrimp, snails, etc. - I wouldn't put cories in there because even though there are some that stay small, they won't have much floor space in a 10gal and they move around alot - plus they feel more comfortable in groups.
Good for you in deciding to do a fishless cycle - don't start your ammonia too high. Some people think they need to start with a lot of it but you are only growing enough bacteria for a 10gal tank.
Also, make sure you have enough filtration for at least a 20gal tank.
11-20-2013, 01:15 PM #4
1don't start your ammonia too high
Here's a handy calculator: http://www.fishforums.net/aquarium-calculator.htm
11-20-2013, 01:27 PM #5
Here is a pretty good article on stocking a 10 gallon tank for you to read:
Liters to Gallons conversion calculator
"Keeping fish for any period of time doesn't make you experienced if you're doing it wrong. What does, is acknowledging those mistakes and learning from them." ~Aeonflame
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11-20-2013, 01:46 PM #6
According to my list of standard American aquarium sizes a 10g has a footprint of 20" x 10" which is about 50 by 25cm. That should do nicely for the habrosus or pygmaeus. A group of 8 or even 10 individuals could be at home in this. PErsonally I think I'd go for hastatus in this case because it's more active in mid water and keep it as the only species.
If kept as a species only there's a good chance you could even breed these if you can provide soft and clean water. With C. Pygmaeus I've found that they do tolerate medium hard water but they're much more lively in soft water.
In any case set the tank up with sand, a nice piece of driftwood that they can also hide under. Tie a small anubias to it and place some smaller plants towards the back of the tank.
IF inclined to mix with another species I'd consider the ember tetra or possibly if this is a covered tank, one of the smaller pencilfish.
11-20-2013, 02:36 PM #7
11-20-2013, 02:49 PM #8
I have a school of 7 habroseus in a 10g and its like having a normal cory in a 75 (which I have) they have a ton of room and are very happy. As long as they have places to hide and make sure they get a little food they are great.
I have them with some killifish or you could do endlers (or any other microfish)
11-20-2013, 03:07 PM #9
So it is okay for corydoras hasbrosus in a 10 gallon? Just want to make sure."A room without books is like a body without a soul."
11-20-2013, 03:26 PM #10
If Hardy85 says it is ok, then you are good to go, he knows his fish...just be sure to get that tank properly cycled first, then provide hiding places like he suggested...good choice on the sand, too