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Heavily Planted 10g

I am setting up a new 55g tank, so my 6 Harlequin Rasboras and male betta will be moving out of my 10g.

I want to take this opportunity to increase the lighting from 2wpg to atleast 4wpg. I want to get the Hagen Natural Plant System for CO2 and change the substrate to Eco-Complete (or something dark).

I want the 10g to be heavily planted. Right now it is planted, but looks like a messy jungle.

Can anyone suggest what plants would be good for a 10g? I would love to have glosso or dwarf hairgrass as a foreground. What background plants would work out? What is your experience with a 10g tank (or another similar size).

Also, what fish suggestions can you all offer? I want to be understocked. I have been thinking about an Apisto pair or a Blue ram pair.
I already have neons, head and tailights, glowlights, harlies, flame/von rios tetras, and rummynose tetras, so please don't suggest those (going for something different).

Oh, and my water is a little hard (GH 9)...and pH is around 6.8-7.

Thanks in advance!

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do you have a pic of the tank?

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Yes I do...but keep in mind I want to change it....pretty much completely take it down and redo it.


Its very disorganized. I really just wanted to give my harlies some plants to hide in...just in case the betta wasn't friendly.

Sorry...the picture is kind of small.

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I use Rotala rotundifolia, various Bacopa sp., java fern, corkscrew vals, and anacharis for background plants in ten gallon tanks. I've had success with glosso and lileaopsis as a foreground. Some anubias nana petite on driftwood would look good. As far as inhabitants, have you considered shrimp? Maybe a few peaceful fish to go with them like corys or otos. Blue rams are a cool fish if you've never kept them before. You can save a few bucks buy forgoing the hagen system and building your own. I use a fine mist air stone under the filter intake and it works just as good as the ladder, much easier to hide too.
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I vote for shrimp too, they will like your water. Some Spixi and/or Red Ramshorn snails (just a few). A school of pygmy Corys would be cool http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...dora/283_F.PHP , http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...dora/482_F.PHP , http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog...dora/324_F.PHP , and a few Albino Long Fin Bristlenose (ALFs) too.

If you go with shrimp pick a type of moss to put in the tank, some ferns and/or petite anubias, glosso. Then you would need some background plants, I like L. Aromatica and Rotala Rotundifolia. Don't forget some driftwood for the plecs...DC
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Are you serious? They get too large for a 10g. Aren't they even longer than normal BN's? I have a regular one and he is about 4 inches. I couldn't imagine the nitrate level in my 10g if I had a poop machine in there! I plan on getting one for my new 55g though. I love the look of the longfin ones.

I have a blue ram already in a 55g. She has been with me for about 4 or 5 months now...no problems.

I would like to get a pair of rams or Apistos. Not sure though. I may just get a school of small tetras.

I will definitely have some moss in the tank. I have Taiwon moss everywhere! It started in one tank (the 55g), now i have it in all 3 tanks. I would love to have some shrimp...but I don't remember seeing them at a LFS in the area. I need to go shop around and see what the different stores have. I haven't done that in a while.

Thanks for the suggestions...and keep them coming! I have been browsing around and looking at other people's 10g tanks. Some are just amazing. I would love to have an amazing tank!

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Are you serious? They get too large for a 10g. Aren't they even longer than normal BN's? I have a regular one and he is about 4 inches. I couldn't imagine the nitrate level in my 10g if I had a poop machine in there! I plan on getting one for my new 55g though. I love the look of the longfin ones.
Yup, I'm serious. I have several in my 10s, when they get full grown you just move them, or better yet auction them, I know of a pair that went for $160. None of my 30+ BNs are poop factories but they are excellent janitors. It is incredible how a dozen 2 inch BNs can clean an algae ridden tank.....DC
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Oh yeah..they definitely do a good job of algae cleaning. My BN in my 55g only shows his face every now and then. I have a big piece of DW and he hangs out there all day. He will come out sometimes for an algae wafer, but doesn't like for me to get too close.

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I use Rotala rotundifolia, various Bacopa sp., java fern, corkscrew vals, and anacharis for background plants in ten gallon tanks
You just named most of the plants in my 10g now.
I want to increase the lighting so I can grow glosso or hairgrass. I haven't tried either in my light now, but I don't want to buy it unless I know I can keep it alive.

I want some of those pretty plants people use...like L. aromatica, needle leaf Ludwigia, Eusteralis stellata...stuff like that. That's why I'm increasing and adding CO2. Hopefully I can grow something of that nature.

Diablo: I was wondering how long a long-finned BN gets...when full size, including the tail.

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I picked up 2 20w CF bulbs today, so if they fit, I will plan on having 4 wpg. Yay! Now I just can't wait to set up my 55g so that I can redo the 10g. I have too many projects going on.

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Careful if you add shrimp. Your betta may or may not make a snack of them.
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Thanks for the warning. I am really considering a trio of Apistogrammas. The betta and harlequin rasboras will be moving out. They will be going to my new 55g. I guess I'm going to throw out the idea of shrimp. I think they would be better in a shrimp only tank.

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