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Biotope for 10 gallon tank.

Does anyone have any ideas for a biotope with a 10 gallon tank?

I have an empty 10 gallon with hood (two 14 watt cf screwy bulbs) and i want to do something with it.

I'm looking for a biotope that is interesting/unique but is fairly low maintenance (highschool is really a time sucker xD).

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SE asian biotope is easiest, with java fern. or an african biotope, with killis, bolbitis, and anubias.
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if i had a dollar for each new 10 gallon...
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SE asian biotopes sound good

That includes bettas right?
I could vamp up the betta in my avatar's tank.

I have some needle java fern too lol. I'm going to try to find pics of one though.

lol chris :P
My cousin gave me that tank because he was going to keep a goldfish in it but decided to stay with one 75g.

Its painted black on four sides: back, both sides, and bottom.

I'm still open to other suggestions though
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asian themes are fun. and perfect for 10g's since you could do a school of boraras and some shrimpies or a betta and amanos. blyxa and grasses look nice

or you could do a low light african with lots of anubias (petites as the main and coffefolias as an accent) and some killies. dont know any other african plants though....
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I would either go with a SE asian, with ferns, mosses, crypts, and hygros.

Or African, with Bolbitus, and anubias.

I have an asian theme in my 6 gallon, it houses cherry shrimps, boraras spp. as the fauna, and for flora, I have C. wendtii 'green', H. sp. bold, and H. sp. 'lowgrow'. I'm thinking about aking the bold out tho, unless I can find a good spot for it.

65 gallon low tech planted
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Hm, i have a male and female betta though.

If not, i would have done one side SE asia and the other side African.

I wonder if my female would mind anubias xD
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she would be morally opposed to it! give me moss or give me death!

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Didn't see your post fishbguy1, i forgot about crypts ;o Good low light plants.

haha chris, i do have java fern and a lot of flame moss i could appease her with :3

I think i'll go flame moss and java fern for the male and anubias with crypts and moss carpet for the female.

Do asian/african biotopes have a lot of driftwood?
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whats a tank without driftwood?? black wood for asia and mopani root wood for africa
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Hm, now that i think of it, i think i may be able to find a house for my female betta.

I might be able to do a full 10 gallon (instead of half and half) with a betta and a schooling fish.

For driftwood, i will probably have to go with manzanita though.

Now i'm just thinking of plants xD
Crypts, java fern, moss... maybe hygro?
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Whats a good stock for a 10g?

1 betta, 7 harlequins, and one oto? (i know otos arent SE Asian, just for some algae control xD)

I wonder if my lfs has any other smaller asian fish.
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try espeis or henglis rasboras. look basically the same, just smaller and even more colorful. and why not look into some boraras? you could add a bunch of those but idk if the betta will eat them lol. and add more than one oto, theyre shoaling fish and wont be too happy alone. 4 would be nice. and you can always add amanos for an asian algae control
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i like otos, 4 would be cool.

I forgot to mention filtration will be an aquclear 30 (probably won't put it on high those because of the betta) and a sponge filter.

Does anyone know a good place online that is based in Florida so that shipping can be cheaper?

I tried boxlotfishes but they only have south american fish.
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