After reading these forums with much interest for a few months now, I finally decided to go to the next level with my 10G aquarium. I started this tank with all my childhood assumptions of what a fish tank should be: colorful gravel, sunken ships, bubbling air stones, plastic plants, etc.
As I discovered that I really enjoy keeping fish, and reading these forums and seeing everyone’s beautiful tanks, I knew I had to do something about my ugly tank, so I decided to change my weird orange gravel to a flourite/sand substrate and put in a nice piece of bogwood. Here is a slideshow of the transformation:
Well, I certainly have some more learning to do about the individual plants I’ve put in there, but it’s definitely a start. The transformation has really surprised me, the 10G tank seems much larger now, and the fish generally seem happier, the Cories can now sift around in the sand.
My next task will be to design the planting a little more, and try to find a more appropriate mix of plants, right now I just got whatever seemed interesting at the fish store. Your comments/suggestions are welcomed.
Size: 10 Gallon
Substrate: Flourite with sand
Filter: Penguin 100
Heater: 50W Tronic (Set to 77F)
Lighting: (1) 15W T6 Lamp, 7000K (12 hours/day)
Running one ceramic air stone at night
Adding Flourish Excel daily for now
Plants: Anacharis, Java Fern, Radican Sword, Bacopa, Crimson Ivy (red/green)
Fish: 1 Betta, 1 Oto, 2 Cories, 2 Platies, 2 Guppies, 1 Molly