Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Atlantic Coast of FL
I have a 10 gallon Marineland aquarium. It is planted with 8 plants, Mr. Aqua substrate, gravel and sand which is unfortunately stacked higher than desirable in order to cover the substrate. There are four Marimo moss spheres in there.
The filter is a penguin bio-wheel good for 20 gallons.
Has a dual outlet air pump good for 10-120 gallons with two 5" air stones on opposite sides of the tank.
The hood is led on 10 hours a day.
I have 4 "swimming" fish
2 zebra danio @ 1" each
1 silver molly @ 2"
1 redfin rainbow shark @2"
The rest are scavengers/catfish/cleaners
1 upside down @ 3"
1 otocinclus @ 1.5"
2 corys, one albino @ <1" one julii @ 1"
2 algae eaters, one @ .5" one chinese @ 1"
1 loach @ 2"
Also some ghost shrimp and some rapidly dwindling snail populations courtesy of Mr. Loach.
My water is clear, my ph was a little low @ 7.2, ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites are all at zero. Still, I am thinking of getting another filter for peace of mind.
Question: Which option or combination of options is the most worthy for cost/benefit comparison in your opinion. Please provide explanations for why this would be more beneficial because I want to be more educated on filter systems.
A. A larger penguin filter good for 70 gallons, in place of the current filter. $35
B. A nano canister filter that overhangs on the side of the tank in addition to the original filter. $30
C. A self powered in tank filter in addition to original filter. $15
D. Fry/bio sponge type filter in addition to original filter. $10
E. Get more shrimp, or scavenger fish.
F. Get rid of some fish, which ones and why. I figure, albeit arbitrarily, each plant can convert the waste from one fish into usable energy per day, essentially cancelling out a majority of the harmful waste products in the water. While the rest of the waste is being consumed by helpful bacteria.
Other questions would be: If I were to add a pea puffer, is it way more likely that he'd terrorize the other fish? Or since there are plenty of hiding places would they all be fine and happy?
Thanks and Merry Christmas