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10 gallon ideas

So I have an old ten gallon sitting around at my house and I'm thinking about getting it going again. Right now I have a 55 gallon lightly planted and I want to do something a little different with this ten gallon. For sure live plants. I was thinking a shrimp/snail tank maybe with some neons and tetras? What ideas do you guys have? I wanna do something different from my 55, something unique
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Hmm, do an Amazon themed paludarium or a Iwagumi tank?

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An elassoma tank would certainly look different, as would a Leptolucania ommata tank. A shelldweller tank for Neolamprologus multifasciatus would also be neat, and very out of the ordinary for a planted tank, but as shellies are diggers you'd have to pot the plants.
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1+ on amazon. 5x ember or neon tetra (either) 4x pygmy cory? or cherry shrimp tank.
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Okay I like the cherry shrimp idea. Cherry shrimps with some tetras? What bottom feeders? Algae eater? How many tetras could I do?
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perhaps heavily plant with tall plants like dwarf sag, a sword, taller crypts, jungle val, lilies, act. Anything that can reach the surface and droop over to create that enclosed feel. Then a single species of tetra? this way you can add a slightly larger bioload as its only 1 species and there are plenty of plants.

maybe 8-10 medium size tetras
or 10-12 embers, neons, cardinals, or blacks
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For sure 6 neon/cardinals and like 6 other small fish. I was think one of these: Zebra danios, lemon swordtails/rosbara hetermorphsa

What about bottom feeders?

How many shrimp? Can I mix ghost shrimp with cherry shrimp?

What should I do for algae? Mystery snails, algae eater?
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Danios could use a larger footprint - they are very (over)active swimmers.

If you do pay attention to water quality, ~12 embers and ~12 dwarf cories.

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Okay so 10-12 small tetras and some Cory's. How many shrimp should I do? And like I said can I mix the cherry shrimp with ghost? And can I do some mystery snails? The big ones. Should I do an algae eater?
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Need to be careful with your bioload.

Personally I would skip the Cories if you want that many tetras and shrimp.

Both Amano and cherry shrimp are fantastic scavengers and algae eaters.

Some "mystery snails" are plant-safe, but some species will eat them. What about some Nerite snails instead? They're not only great algae eaters, but there are some super cool-looking ones out there (horned, striped, spotted, etc).





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Do not mix ghost shrimp with other shrimp: ghost shrimp get pretty nasty, capable of killing other shrimp and even small fish. Amanos are by far the best choice.

As a side advise: do resist the urge to stuff a tank to the brim with different creatures. IMHO, both you and the fish will do much better with 10 of the same kind then 10 of one of each.

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Ok so the shrimp will be my bottom feeders? I'm ok with that. I was thinking 6 neon 6 rosbara and then a mix of Amano and cherry shrimp. Sound good?
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