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I'm new to this forum and new to fishkeeping. My son convinced my wife to purchase 3 white clouds and the lfs said they could be kept in a small fishbowl. I felt bad for them and started a 10g aquarium for them.

Here's what the tank looks like after first setup on Nov 18:
 

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Updates from Nov 24

A few days later and I had to exchange the heater. The cheapy submersible heater I bought from Petsmart was keeping the temp too high on the lowest setting and it had started to smoke! I bought a Marineland Stealth heater and put it in the corner near the filter intake. I then bought another artificial plant to hide the equipment and give the fish a few more hiding spots. They seemed much happier. I also swapped out the 2x 15w incandescent bulbs for a couple of spare cheap 9w CFLs that I had laying around in order to cut down on the heat and try to get more light. I'd plugged the lights into a digital timer keeping the lights on from 8am to 8pm. This works well with my sons schedule as it's in his room and helps remind him when bedtime is.

Don't worry, real plants are coming soon!

Here is the aquarium on Nov 24:
 

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Welcome to the planted tank! The airplane is perfect for a boy's room. It'll look lovely planted. It is commendable that you bought a larger tank for the fish as well. What are your plans for plants.
 

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You most likely don't need a heater at all. White clouds live in cooler temps naturally. 74-5 is about the max I would go, they can live in higher temps but it isn't necessary. Depending on average temp of your house it will probably be suitable for them. My tanks upstairs stay about 72 during winter time with no heater. Makes the tank easier to care for and one less cord/piece of equipment in the tank. Good choice of fish, I'm putting some white clouds in a 5 gallon as soon as the ammonia goes down.
 

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LOL I have always used "fail-proof-plants" and nowadays they look better than ever! I think your setup is great, and it will look VERY nice when/if you put some plants in. I agree with the above post that the airplane would look cute in a boys room. ^_^

ps-Im a girl, "cute" is a good word to me lol! <3
 

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You most likely don't need a heater at all. White clouds live in cooler temps naturally. 74-5 is about the max I would go, they can live in higher temps but it isn't necessary. Depending on average temp of your house it will probably be suitable for them. My tanks upstairs stay about 72 during winter time with no heater. Makes the tank easier to care for and one less cord/piece of equipment in the tank. Good choice of fish, I'm putting some white clouds in a 5 gallon as soon as the ammonia goes down.
I realize they like it cooler. In fact, my apartment is 80 most of the time with the heat off! The heater is just there in case. I also have plans for more tropical fish to be added later.
 

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On Dec 1 I broke down and added my first plants. I wasn't sure what these were at the time I bought them, but later learned that they were Limnophila Aromatica. I wasn't sure how to plant them, so I put the bundle in the gravel along with a root tab and a dose of fertilizer.

At this time I also got my first shrimp. I have 5 Amano Shrimp sharing the tank with 5 white clouds now.
 

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LOL I have always used "fail-proof-plants" and nowadays they look better than ever! I think your setup is great, and it will look VERY nice when/if you put some plants in. I agree with the above post that the airplane would look cute in a boys room. ^_^

ps-Im a girl, "cute" is a good word to me lol! <3
My son picked out the airplane on his own. He keeps telling me that one of his fish are flying it. :)
 

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On Dec 17, my son behaved very well at the dentist and earned a pair of Dwarf Gouramis for his tank. I'd also redone the CO2 diffusion and replaced it with a DIY reactor made from an Aquaclear 20 powerhead and a juice bottle. Unfortunately I lost one of the DGs when he swam into the reactor at night and took a gulp of CO2 when it went up for air... The next day I put a piece of filter foam in the opening.

I've also discovered hair algae on the plants. I cut the lights down to 8 hours and started to triple dose Excel.
 

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pretty nifty co2 diffuser. maybe use a whole bottle. You would have a narrow opening where the fish can't get in but a sponge would work too.
Actually I'm thinking of cutting the bottle down even more. This turned out pretty big for a 10g tank. I don't need the burp hole either as it burps through the air venturi on the powerhead.
 
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