If your going to use sand/gravel from the lake boil the crap out of it first to steralize it. I will be full of parisites. I use Cryptocoryne in my Fluval 6 gallon. Green Camboba is a really background plant that is pretty hearty and looks great I would consider that for your 10 gallon. I would get some java or christmas moss to shrimp love moss it hold algae.
So a guy walks into a Pet Store
Guy: "I have Algae on my drift wood!"
Pet Clerk: "Take two Plecos and call me next week."
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