Join Date: May 2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Thanks laurelleellbp; advice on the stem plants appreciated. I am just leery of having them take over such a little tank, which would naturally result in me pulling out one of the larger aquariums.
In terms of fish, if I decide to add any, I am leaning towards a small group of harlequin rasboras (an old favorite) or tetras, which I know need reasonably soft, slightly acidic water; thus, I am thinking of using RO water. Plus, as I am in an agricultural area, I know sometimes we have more nitrate in tap water than is desirable for aquariums.
I know I can do live bearers and not fight the water chemistry, but I don't want to raise fry. Of course, I suppose I could only have males or females; easy enough to tell them apart. A handful of male guppies, or maybe a trio of platies.
Other than live bearers, I am not sure what hard water and planted tank friendly species are also 10 gallon friendly. Goldfish are out on both counts, brackish water puffers and other common brackish species are, I'm guessing, similarly eliminated, and my understanding is the dwarf African cichlids are not compatible in a planted tank of any size... I know some of the rainbow fish are from hard, alkaline waters, but I think a 10 gallon is just too small. Let me know if there are other options I haven't thought of. I always like to learn about new possibilities.