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Stocking suggestions for a 10 gallon

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    Nannostomus
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    I obtained a free 10 gallon tank from craigslist. It came with a filter, light, heater, etc. It even came with fish, but as they were inappropriate for the size of the tank I managed to find a lfs that would take them. It came with two fake plants (plastic), a cement/rock mountain fabrication, and a ceramic turtle. The substrate is tan natural gravel. I was planning on rescaping and stocking the whole thing for about 20 dollars. I was gonna collect elodea, cabomba, and whatever else I can identity from a local lake. Decor will also be collected. As such basically all of this money will go towards stocking.

     

    My questions are:

    What are my options for collecting substrate?

    Is mixing local microbes with store-bought tropical fish a recipe for disaster, and will I have to disinfect everything I collect before I put it in the aquarium?

    Will cabomba and elodea be OK in a low light setting without ferts?

    What are some suggestions for stocking that cheap?

    #353322

    brian c
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    easy do what i did 6 neons or if you want add a betta BUT IT HAS TO BE PEACEFUL! that is what i have and also 3 black neons

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    Byron Hosking
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    My questions are:

    What are my options for collecting substrate?

    Is mixing local microbes with store-bought tropical fish a recipe for disaster, and will I have to disinfect everything I collect before I put it in the aquarium?

    Will cabomba and elodea be OK in a low light setting without ferts?

    What are some suggestions for stocking that cheap?

    Collecting anything from nature is always risky.  You can introduce native pathogens that cannot be handled by tropical fish, just as the reverse is true which is why fish and plants must never be released into the local ecosystem.  Substrate could be disinfected I suppose, but plants (and other live creatures) cannot; anything strong enough to kill pathogens will almost certainly harm the plants.

    It is safer to go with a substrate like play sand which is very inexpensive and will be pathogen-free.  However, the tan gravel you obtained with the tank may be suitable, if it is “fine” (small) in grain size.

    Cabomba requires bright light, and this means nutrient fertilizing to balance.  Elodea should survive in moderate light.  A liquid fertilizer may or may not be necessary; nutrients come from the water (via water changes) and fish food (the organic waste that results) and depending upon the plants and fish load, these can be sufficient for low to moderate light plants.  The less light a plant requires, the less nutrients.

    As for fish stocking, stay with the “dwarf” species.  A 10 gallon is very little space, and having these types of fish will allow you more, which will be more interesting.  Depending upon your water parameters (many of these species will be wild caught and have more specific requirements), the species in Boraras (dwarf rasboras) come to mind; the celestial gallaxy rasbora, ember tetra, pygmy or dwarf corydoras are others.  Some of the pencilfish will work.

    Byron.

     

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    brian c
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    oh yeah if you dont do a betta do a dwarf gourami

    #353344

    Matt
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    Personally I wouldn’t say 10 gallons is sufficient for a betta nor a group of neons or dwarf gourami. Byron’s advice is, as always, excellent.

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