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  1. #1

    Default Skullz's 10 Gallon Tank


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    Hello all.

    I have just recently started my 40 Litre tank.
    Planning on getting 1-3 Amano Shrimp, 2 Black Phantom Tetra and 6 Ember Tetra. Two Java Ferns, and a bit of Java moss to be planted.
    I am also interested in Kuhli Loaches but unsure about them in the way of, how many could actually live with the other desired fish.

    Right now, all I have is the decoration with in. One of which is some bogwood. Though plan to get a couple slanted pots and small tubes. These are for the shrimp so they can hide away whilst they moult.

    Started cycling the tank by adding API quick start solution yesterday and added some fish food to provide some ammonia. Today, the water is cloudy and a bit smelly. I have brought a trip test which i have read isn't recommended to use. However readings on it do not show ammonia. Todays reading looked to be 20 Nitrate, .5 Nitrite, pH 6.5 to 7. And carbonate hardness 180, General Hardness 120. The last two have dropped since yesterday by a rough margin of about 60. Interestingly, yesterday both Nitrite and Nitrate was 0.
    And I am pleasantly surprised by the waters pH value so far.

    Next Goals: (In order)
    Master test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. (friday)
    Slanted pots and tubes. (Friday)
    Plants and planting. (potentially Friday, unless advised otherwise or not enough funding)

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    The black phantom tetra are not well suited for a 10 gallon tank. I suggest dropping them and adding 4 more ember tetra. Kuhli loaches will work if you can find the Pangio Malayana and use sand for the substrate. Get at least 6. Both embers and kuhlis will appreciate a well planted tank.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


  3. #3

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    Only one of my local aquariums has Kuhli's, and they only have three currently in a tank with gravel.
    My tank does use small grained gravel instead of sand.
    So how many Kuhli's could be supported by my tank, if the was say 10 Embers and 3 Amano's?

    Also, may I ask why Black Phantom Tetra's would be unsuitable for a 10 gallon tank? If its because of the risk of fighting between males, then one ensure could that in a pair there would be one male, one female or two females.
    Last edited by Skullz; 06-11-2014 at 04:34 PM.

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    If you can find 6 kuhli that would be best, but 3 will work for the time being.

    Black phantoms need more room to swim around than a 10 gallon will provide. There will be aggression, but not because of fighting between males but because there isn't enough room for them. They are also a schooling species so you would need a larger group.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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  5. #5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skullz View Post
    Hello all.

    Started cycling the tank by adding API quick start solution yesterday and added some fish food to provide some ammonia. Today, the water is cloudy and a bit smelly. I have brought a trip test which i have read isn't recommended to use. However readings on it do not show ammonia. Todays reading looked to be 20 Nitrate, .5 Nitrite, pH 6.5 to 7. And carbonate hardness 180, General Hardness 120. The last two have dropped since yesterday by a rough margin of about 60. Interestingly, yesterday both Nitrite and Nitrate was 0.
    And I am pleasantly surprised by the waters pH value so far.

    Next Goals: (In order)
    Master test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. (friday)
    Slanted pots and tubes. (Friday)
    Plants and planting. (potentially Friday, unless advised otherwise or not enough funding)
    Along with agreeing with mommy1's advice on your tank stocking (10 gal is really not a large tank), have you read about cycling a tank? Fish food, while I've seen others try and use that in the past, needs time to rot before you'll get a reading for ammonia - it's far easier to use pure ammmonia unless there is none available where you live.

    Good for you to get a master kit - your ammonia reading while cycling is very important.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

  6. #6

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    I have just found a useful tool on thinkfish.co.uk where i can add information about the tank and attach fish in to the tank.
    After checking it, I don't think I will take Kuhli Loaches as it recommends a bigger tank.

    Having a play with it at the moment and seeing what information it provides.

  7. #7

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    Decided on 9 Ember Tetra, 3 Amano Shrimp and 2 Sparkling Gourami.

    I have read about cycling, hence why I mentioned I have started cycling my tank. No offence. And followed the required steps of adding a source of ammonia and a source of bacteria.
    And no, there is no ammonia where I live I am afraid.

  8. #8

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    planted 2 bunchs of Java Ferns, and a Java moss plant, which i seperated in to two so they grow in two seperate locations. And brought two hide aways suitable for the Amano Shrimp.
    Tested the water.
    .50 of ammonia.
    0 nitrites
    Nitrates test, I am not sure as it had not changed colour .

    The cloudyness is has started going away and is starting to smell better.

    Current goal:
    Keep cycling and testing for ammonia and Nitrites.

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    You are using the API Freshwater Master Test kit?...if so, I made a cheat sheet for it, as I found the directions that came with it to be quite cumbersome...it is located here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=117796
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

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  10. #10

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    Correct, and thank you. Will be using the cheat for the Nitrate, as 15 minutes can be too long sometimes.
    Will follow the cheats for the next test. :)
    Though one thing to ask/say. Should the kit have a colour chart for the tests in it? As mine didn't have one, had to go on to the internet.

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