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  • in reply to: 10 gallon Nano tank #382199

    Eurasian
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    Hi!

    I suggest you do some research – also asking fellow aquarists around you – and invest in a quality test kit: pH – water hardness – Nitrates – Nitrites – Ammonia. Paper/plastic strips that change color are not precise enough: you need a kit with drops and powders.

    It is important to understand the nitrogen cycle. The smaller the tank, the more care is needed to preserve good water quality. Ammonia is toxic even in small amounts.

    It is also important to cycle a tank sufficiently: to give it enough time for biological equilibrium to establish itself. There are products on the market that can help that to happen.

    The type of fish you can actually keep in your tank is very much determined by the type of water you have: pH and hardness, apart from temperature, tank size, temperament (compatibility) of eligible fish.

    I have very alkaline water: pH about 8.5, which is also pretty hard. Therefore I have very little choice. As a matter of fact, I have Tanganyikan shell-dwelling cichlids: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/neolamprologus-multifasciatus/

    Good for me that cichlids have always been my favorite fish; my multies are the world’s smallest cichlids. They live in and around empty snail houses and look like tiny freshwater coral fish.

    In a 10 gallon – provided you have the right type of water – you could only keep a pair/one male with few females: the males are territorial. But when they start spawning, they do multiply considerably I am being told. They dig a lot and need no plants. Just empty snail houses, at least a couple for each fish.

    I think that the fish you mentioned are an excellent choice, for they are tiny and peaceful.

    BTW, the more plants you have, the better.

    Another small fish is Dario dario: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/dario-dario/

    Although tiny, in a 10 gallon you could keep only one male – another territorial species – with multiple females.

    You could browse the many fish profiles on this site in order to see if your tank size and water parameters are suitable for any other fish you’d like to keep.

    Hopefully I have said at least something which is useful to you.

    Good luck from Italy!

    Miguel

     

     

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    in reply to: Elassoma evergladei #382146

    Eurasian
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    @ Graham Ramsey, are you still there?

    It is funny, I had the opposite experience. I got my Everglades pygmy sunfish from Germany in the hottest month of 2016: August. They had traveled a whole week to come to Italy.

    That, I think, may be the reason why they started spawning in October 2016 instead of March 2017.

    During the day the fry would hide from their parents and at night, I discovered, they would leave their hiding places while their parents slept. There was one survivor of the first spawning. He was considerably larger than his siblings. He did not attack his little brothers and sisters. On the contrary, I still think that he taught them how to be a small Everglades pygmy sunfish.

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