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Old 03-09-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Oops I Did It Again... A 10g Story


I got another tank... I was doing a 2g that ended up failing and there was a 2.6g that I haven't used in a while, I got rid of both of those tanks and got a 10g instead. Here's a picture:


Today after I got done with OGTs (ohio graduation test-they're AWFUL, most boring thing ever!!!!) I thought about all of the things that you were telling me about. I think that I've created a fairly long and good list of possibilities, some of which aren't even aquatic...

So here's the list:
1. Scarlet Badis (Dario dario)
2. Dwarf Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)
3. Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)
4. Lyretail Killifish ( Aphyosemion australe)
5. Mexican Dwarf Orange Crayfish (Cambarellus patzcuarensis)
6. Betta(s)~ Maybe go for a wild kind. That'd be fun
7. Rainbow Darter (Etheostoma caeruleum)~ I could find these around me!
8. Bee Shrimp/Crystal Red Shrimp/Any Neocaridina
9. Bumblebee Gobies (Brachygobius doriae)
10. A gecko/anole/frog/toad... There's a lot here!
11. African Dwarf Frogs (Hymenochirus boettgeri)
12. Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margarutatus)
13. Sparkling Gouramis (Trichopsis pumilus)
15. Some kind of pencil fish...
16. Espei Rasboras (Trigonostigma espei)
17. Harlequin Rasboras (Rasbora heteromorpha)
18. Pygmy/Dwarf/Tiny Corydoras (Corydoras pygmaeus, Corydoras Habrosus, Corydora Hastatus)
19. Least Killifish (Heterandria formosa)
20. Fiddler Crabs ((peri)sesarma bidens)
21. Albino Clawed Frogs (Xenopus Laevis)

So... That's my list, for now Any opinions? Can I cross anything out?

Now onto more of my questions:

~Substrate:
Should I do:
*Soil with gravel
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:37 PM   #2
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Well, in my opinion, scape comes first, and then stocking should compliment the aquascape, not the other way around, but that's just me. Unless its shrimp, of course, where the tank is solely based on shrimp.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #3
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Whoops I forgot the rest of the post! Just a second.
Here's the part that I really wanted answered:

~Substrate:
Should I do:
*Soil with gravel
*Soil with sand
*Flourite
*Eco-Complete

~Lighting:
I have no clue. I kind of want to do rimless but I'm not sure about lighting. LED would be pretty sweet to do as well. I'd like to have medium-high lighting.

Also, I have extra HC, red 'micro' chain sword, and rotala rotundifolia, oh and bacopa monnieri as well. Any other plant ideas? I'm thinking about using CO2 as well.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:42 AM   #4
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I am a big fan of the pygmy cories. So I am going to say you definitely need to get those .

I have been using eco complete in my tanks, although I am going to try sand in my 2.5 I start up for shrimp. I am not super experienced with planted tanks but so far I have been happy with eco, and not having to clean it is a bonus

You can get you a light for your tank for about 40 bucks on ebay, just make sure you get the one for plants and not reefs.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:24 AM   #5
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What are your water parameters? It's a good idea to get your numbers and then match the livestock to what works with your water. That should shorten your list.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #6
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For a second there I was thinking, "Oh no, not a Britney fan on here!"

I've got the same 10 just sitting around storing old equipment. It will be interesting to see where you take this because I too have been trying to decide what I want to do with it. I think maybe a hospital/fry tank might be the direction I take, assuming I can get some rainbows to breed! Ultimately that is my goal to have a some-what self-sustained hobby while learning alot and giving back to the hobby.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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I am a big fan of the pygmy cories. So I am going to say you definitely need to get those .

I have been using eco complete in my tanks, although I am going to try sand in my 2.5 I start up for shrimp. I am not super experienced with planted tanks but so far I have been happy with eco, and not having to clean it is a bonus

You can get you a light for your tank for about 40 bucks on ebay, just make sure you get the one for plants and not reefs.
Those little faces get to me too! Between my pandas and my peppereds I have fallen in love! Oh and thanks for the Eco info and the lighting info!

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What are your water parameters? It's a good idea to get your numbers and then match the livestock to what works with your water. That should shorten your list.
By parameters do you mean the PH and KH?
I only have a PH testing. My tap water is a nice 7.2.

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For a second there I was thinking, "Oh no, not a Britney fan on here!"

I've got the same 10 just sitting around storing old equipment. It will be interesting to see where you take this because I too have been trying to decide what I want to do with it. I think maybe a hospital/fry tank might be the direction I take, assuming I can get some rainbows to breed! Ultimately that is my goal to have a some-what self-sustained hobby while learning alot and giving back to the hobby.
Nope not a Britney fan. At first I was going to name the thread "Great, I Did It Again" but then it hit me that I could make a little pun out of it! Glad your following! Breeding rainbows would be fun
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So, here's my new and improved list. I like to see what kind of fish/invert that I'd be going with then I'll figure out the aquascape based on where they had orginiated from

1. Dwarf Puffer(s)~2 of them for my 10g
2. Pygmy Sunfish
3. Swamp Darters
4. Scalet Badis
5. Lyretail/Gardneri Killifish
6. Mexican Dwarf Orange Crayfish
7. Betta(s)~ Maybe go WILD
8. Bee Shrimp/Crystal Read Shrimp/Cherry Red Shrimp/any Neocaridina Shrimp
9. Bumblebee Gobies
10. African Dwarf Frogs
11. Celestial Pearl Danios/Galaxy Rasboras
12. Coral Red Pencilfish
13. Dwarf/Pygmy Corydoras
14. Least Killifish
15. Threadfin Rainbows

What do you think of these?


I'm still not sure about Eco-Complete. I really don't want to order off of online and I only have one last fish store to look at...

I am sure that I will be using just a hood with light bulbs in it... You know the kind, the ones that stores always sell. I'll just put in good bulbs with good lighting.
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I can't speak for any of the other choices, but if you go with dwarf puffers, you can have three if you go with one male, two females.

Keep in mind that you'll need to have it heavily, heavily planted if you intend to have more than one puffer!

One or two females and a few otos would be fine, though!
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Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to over plant if I decided to go with puffers. Also how do you sex them?
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Well, in my opinion, scape comes first, and then stocking should compliment the aquascape, not the other way around, but that's just me. Unless its shrimp, of course, where the tank is solely based on shrimp.
I'm 100% the opposite mantra. Figure out which critters you want the most, research their needs, and fit the scape to what would be most advantageous to them. It's usually entirely possible to balance your aesthetic concerns with their requirements. No sense in doing a gorgeous slow growth crypt scape and throwing a bunch of diggers/excavators into it... You get my point.
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So I went to my large aquarium store not far from here and looked at what they have.

I'm now down to 2 different tank set ups:

Option 1: Dwarf Puffers
Option 2: Dwarf Corydoras, CPDs or signifer rainbows or threadfin rainbows and shrimp!

Ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Decisions:P
Opinions anyone?
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Dwarf Puffers require live food. If that's not a problem, I saw #1. They like a little salt too, so that could impact what plants you can keep.
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I'm partial to Rainbowfish.


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Dwarf Puffers require live food. If that's not a problem, I saw #1. They like a little salt too, so that could impact what plants you can keep.
You can get away with frozen bloodworms if needed, but it's best to give them a varied diet with some blackworms and baby snails. Also, they do NOT like salt! Dwarf puffers are PURE freshwater puffers. Only add salt if you must treat them for illness, but that's for another thread in case that emergency arises.

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Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to over plant if I decided to go with puffers. Also how do you sex them?
As for sexing them:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ca/volume...arf_Puffer.htm
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