Just another quick (and somewhat surprising) update for my 10 gallon. My last remaining puffer is M.I.A. and, after over a week of wondering if he was maybe just hiding, I would have to say he is confirmed dead. He must have jumped, I'm guessing, and been snapped up by my cat or dogs. I have torn the tank apart (as much as I dared) and there is literally zero trace that I can find in or around the aquarium.This leaves me, in the 10 gallon, with the following stock list:
1 Dwarf Puffer
5 Neon Tetra
I semi-frequently fed frozen bloodworms, and occaisionally saw the puffer eat them, but I think it's pretty telling that less than 2 weeks after the disappearance of my last cherry shrimp that my puffer called it quits. I'd imagine he was likely surviving on shrimp fry and adults over the past few months, explaining the steady population decline and eventual decimation of my cherries. Strange, as I never ever saw him even nip at another fish or shrimp (just snails), but it's hard to argue with the evidence...
This means my current 10g stock list is now as follows:
5 Neon Tetra
The plants are all filling in nicely (I'll post some updated pictures later tonight or tomorrow) and the scape is slowly evolving as usual, but now that I am puffer-less I am a bit more excited to re-stock this tank! The neons can go back into the community tank, if necessary, and the otos are pretty much compatible with anything, so I've been day dreaming a bit lately lol
Is there anything interesting I could plan to house in this tank?
It/they have to be small enough to remain in a 10-11g (I plan to upgrade, eventually, to a Mr. Aqua 11.4), be plant-safe, ideally I prefer a small group (rather than a single centerpiece fish) and not common jumpers (for obvious reasons). Bright(ish) lights and high-CO2 are also factors.
I could just stick with the neons and maybe even add a few more? Or I could just go shrimp-only (keep or remove the neons/otos?) or maybe just add a nice looking betta? I have always liked pygmy cories, but never housed them, or I'd even consider some interesting snails. I'm really just looking for ideas right now.
If you had an empty, but well cycled, medium-tech 10g planted aquarium and could stock it with anything at all, what would you have?? Inspire me.