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spare 10 gallon tank.

Well, the tank I have my 10 neon tetras in will soon be empty because they either all die from fin rot or they are moved to the 75-gallon tank. After that I was thinking of a shrimp tank but now I am thinking of creating a paludarium. It is a small tank, just a standard 10 leader that measures 20x10x12. Not sure if this is to small for a paludarium. IDK what would inhabit the land part. Probably just plants. Actually, I could have a really cool setup with Anubias and Bucephalandras and Cryptocorenes both on land and in water. Perhaps a parlor palm on the land... Oooh, I could do the parlor palm and just keep a lid on the tank and make it super steamy, like a little jungle stream or something.

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Quarantine/hospital tank. It’s extremely important to have one.


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On the quarantine topic, what do you do for substrate and/or plants, if at all? Or do you just run a filter on an empty tank?


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On the quarantine topic, what do you do for substrate and/or plants, if at all? Or do you just run a filter on an empty tank?


Personal preference. Mine has some decor to keep the fish comfortable (hiding) and some extra sand I had left over. But most seem to just run it bare bottom with a filter and maybe something for the fish to hide in or behind.


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I have a QT tank already with a sponge filter and stuff thanks though. This heater would go to the QT and I would buy an aqueon pro for this one.

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I have a QT tank already with a sponge filter and stuff thanks though. This heater would go to the QT and I would buy an aqueon pro for this one.
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That is what I am thinking.

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i agree with the others turn it into a QT. I run mine bare with no substrate or decor (to begin with) so I can monitor the fish more easily and spot any issues. Then eventually I either toss in some plastic plants that I don't have to worry about treating with medicines or some clippings of my fast growing plants that I just float to help with water quality. 10 gallons is a great size for QT in my experience. Currently QTing some scarlet temple in there. You can treat a lot of fish at once if need be and even in an emergency with small of enough fish you could use it to temporarily hold fish from your larger tank.

Bump: i agree with the others turn it into a QT. I run mine bare with no substrate or decor (to begin with) so I can monitor the fish more easily and spot any issues. Then eventually I either toss in some plastic plants that I don't have to worry about treating with medicines or some clippings of my fast growing plants that I just float to help with water quality. 10 gallons is a great size for QT in my experience. Currently QTing some scarlet temple in there. You can treat a lot of fish at once if need be and even in an emergency with small of enough fish you could use it to temporarily hold fish from your larger tank.
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Thank goodness you already have a quarantine tank @aquanerd13

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Bloody Mary or any variety of Neocaridina you like would be a fine place to start. And 10 gallons gives you plenty of room to come up with a small aquascape and allows you to explore much tinier work than you see in your 75.

Definitely large enough to create a paludarium. Or even just a riparium. Lots of cool marginal plants you could use in hanging planters while still maintaining a decent water volume for your shrimp.

Tank would be relatively cheap to set up, as well.


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Yes, I set it up within the last few weeks. After the neons are gone I will put the plastic plants from their 10-gallon tank into the QT. So I already have a QT tank. Now for the future of the 10 after it is empty. I am leaning more towards a shrimp tank than a shrimp paludarium. I am planning on Wabi Kusi instead of a paludarium so I could turn the 10 into a shrimp tank.

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Bloody Mary or any variety of Neocaridina you like would be a fine place to start. And 10 gallons gives you plenty of room to come up with a small aquascape and allows you to explore much tinier work than you see in your 75.

Definitely large enough to create a paludarium. Or even just a riparium. Lots of cool marginal plants you could use in hanging planters while still maintaining a decent water volume for your shrimp.

Tank would be relatively cheap to set up, as well.
Thank you I will keep that in mind.

Bump: Actually definitely a riparium. That is probably what I will do.

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I am also planning on doing the Walstad method to make as self-sufficient a tank as possible. If it works well, all future tanks will be the Walstad method.

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I think a parlor palm would be too big to be fully enclosed in a 10, but as a riparium it could definitely work; I had one on my shrimp tank in the same manner until the dreaded construction incident.
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Oh no a parlor palm would never work in an enclosed 10. Thanks though.

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Well I am leaning towards a Walstad tank. It may be interesting as I want this tank to look super good too. I am thinking of something like this: tall rocks in the back with java moss, chain swords in the front, maybe a regular amazon on the side? Not sure yet.

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