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  1. I currently have two threads for both of my aquariums, but I've been thinking that its time to merge the two threads together My current tanks are my Community tank (40 Gallons): Home to: Angelfish, Cardinal Tetras x5, Bristlenose Pleco, Upside down Catfish x2, Zebra Danios (I know the picture shows two angelfish, but since this picture was taken the angelfish on the right died of parasites) Its Planted with: Anubias Nanna, Crypt Wendetii Red, Red Twist Sword, Hygrophiliia Siamensis My second tank is my Betta Tank (5 Gallons): Its home to: Hugo the Betta, 5 Neon Tetras, and a new addition (more on that below!) Its planted with: Hygrophillia Compact, Hygrophillia Siamensis, Two Species of Anubias, Buce, Red Melon Sword, Little Side Note: Hugo had gone through some Finrot Treatments, his fins are still growing back. I'm also working on a new tank to go below the community tank, hoping to get some supplies for it and to get it up and running! Today I went driving and drove past a petstore, so naturally I had to stop. I picked up a Nirite Snail for the Betta Tank. I want names for this little guy so comment some suggestions! Also just a quick questions. Does this look like a baby nirite? It seems unlikely due to the fact that they only breed in brackish, but what elese could it be? It moves and has the antennas like a snail too. I picked up the snail to add it in so I'm not sure how it could have come into the tank. Unless it came in in one of my plants, but the last time I added a plant was maybe three weeks, and I'm only noticing it now. So maybe we'll need two names, thats exciting! The baby will probably end up in a different tank soon, 5 gallons is probably too small for two snails.
  2. I decided to upgrade my pea puffer tank in my bedroom to a 10 gallon rimless. I’m really happy with how it turned out.
  3. Good morning! After yesterday's fiasco of trying to locally find a "fancier tank and stand" for my betta project, and a lot of further searching online and working the budget, I decided to go with a regular tank. I asked myself "why spend all this money and time, and go through all this stress, when the REAL beauty is going to be on the INSIDE of the tank?" So after that mental breakthrough, the ideas came flying and here's what I ordered (and already have some equipment and items): Tank: Aqueon 10 gallon regular glass tank with hinged glass lid and 20 gallon wood stand (20 gallon stand "just in case") Substrate: natural river rock shallow creek (larger, smoother pebbles that I have in my 20L, easier to vacuum than one might at first imagine); larger pebbles for fill-in areas Filter, light, heat: small HOB, mini sponge filter, 50 watt adjustable heater, Aqueon LED light (borrowing from the quarantine tank until the Fluval 3.0 in my size is available from Aquarium Coop - on the wish list!) Ornaments/enrichment: "rock" (and rock) hardscape, ceramic betta log caves (2), flosting log, exercise mirror (for occasional use only), betta leaf bed, almond leaves Plants ordered from Coop: anubias golden, red dwarf lily, cryptocoryne wendtii, anubias barteri. Not going to be afraid to superglue it to the hardscape this time (thanks for the betta video, @Irene!) Plants to get from LFS/chain: red root or frogbit, possibly moss balls. Are there any other floaters (besides water sprite which i have in my 20L and for some reason is not doing very well in there after totally taking over the whole top of my 45 - must like softer water with lower pH) that bettas really like? Food: Hikari Betta Bio-Gold, plus all the live/frozen/freeze dried goodies I have for my existing fish Possible future tankmates: a few nerite snails, maybe some yellow shrimp from my 20L and/or blue bolt shrimp from my 45, if betta seems mellow - if they start getting attacked I'll put them back So now I am just waiting for pickup notification on the tank and stand, and can get started on the setup. Playing around with the scaping, which is my very weak point. Here is the empty, lonely spot where it will go ☹ (took some work to move stuff around) next to my 45-gallon, and one idea for hardscape. Once this tank is set up, I'm also re-setting up the quarantine tank so I can get fish for one of the other tanks at the same time I pick up a betta. Filter media has already been stuffed into existing filters for seeding. I'm loving all the YouTube nerms' videos on betta care in the meantime.
  4. 10 gallon stocking thoughts: horned nerite snail, japaneese trapdoor snail, mts, either blue velvet or yellow shrimp and either pygmy cory or clown killi. Help me decide. What shrimp should I get and which fish should I get?
  5. I have a ten gallon tank with a sponge filter, glass lid, and a Finnex Stingray 2. Inhabitants are a bunch of cherry shrimp and 7 chili rasboras. It's pretty well planted with a variety of different plants, including several types of floating plants. I currently do not dose any fertilizers or any co2, aside from root tabs. When I set it up initially I did add just a bit of fertilizer weekly, but then I got hair algae (I think) that went out of control. I did a blackout for about a week and that killed it, so I stopped dosing ferts and reduced the photoperiod to about 4 hours. Now my photo period is 5 on, 2 off, 5 on so that there's a little siesta during the day. I'm noticing that especially at the bottom, the algae is beginning to return. My thought is that my light is just too bright, and after seeing Girl Talks Fish video comparing Stingray 1 and 2, part of me is considering getting the Stingray 1 so that the light will essentially be cut in half. The reason I have so many floating plants was to reduce the light, which I suppose helps, but didn't solve the problem. Just curious if it is the light, or if there could be another cause. Also while I don't want to purchase a new light for the tank if it means a possible solution I would be happy to, as I am not sure how to appropriately reduce the light otherwise (dimmer switch? electrical tape over some of the diodes?).
  6. I wanted to put an IAL in my betta tank for its beneficial properties. I got rid of my carbon cartridge in my filter because I learned that can filter out the tannins. I put a small peice of a leaf in the tank after rinsing it in hot water and drying. I put a small piece because I was concerned of a possible significant pH drop. My question is for a 10g tank, how much of a leaf would release enough tannins that I can at least tell that it's present, but not turn my water into iced tea and also cause a pH crash? Currently, my water looks very clear. How long do you have to wait to know if the tannins are releasing? Though I got rid of my carbon filter, I replaced it with a coarse sponge and a polypad (from aquarium co-op). Does the polypad filter the tannins?
  7. Hello, I am starting a fish rack with 10-20 gallon tanks and after painting one of the ten gallons I found a crack in the support frame is it still safe to use or should I toss it and buy a new one, I hate to waste it even though it’s only $10 and a $5 can of plasti dip. the crack is on the shorter side. thanks for your input, Jerry
  8. Hello everyone! This journal is going to be for my 10 gallon aquarium and 5 gallon aquarium. I will start off by saying I built these aquariums to get my girlfriend interested in the hobby. I think everyone here can agree that the hobby is better when you are able to share it with those that you love. What I ended up doing was showing her different style aquariums online and she chose some that she liked. She also chose the fish and shrimp she liked for these aquariums. I will start with the 10 gallon aquarium. This aquarium was started October 2019. The initial tank setup is as follows: Lighting: 20” Finnex Stingray Filter: Aquaclear Substrate: Organic soil capped with gravel Plants: Vallisneria ordered from Aquarium Co-op & Dwarf Sag Decor: 2 small Seiryu stones, Top Fin Resting Buddha ornament & some river rocks I superglued together As you can see, I started off with very little as I know just how fast these plants can grow from my prior experience. 2.5 Month Old Aquarium At this point I decided to have some fun with carbon dioxide just to see how fast these plants can really grow with a soil substrate. 3 Month Old Aquarium: Carbon dioxide really made the plants grow and be this very beautiful bright green color. 4 Month Old Aquarium 6 Month Old Aquarium At this point I removed the carbon dioxide system as I no longer needed that much plant growth. 8 Month Old Aquarium Yes, the aquarium is 8 months old but still does not have any fish in it. To be fair, these were unprecedented times. 1 Year Old Aquarium Lucky Bamboo has been added as well as a lantern ornament. Lucky bamboo was planted with the roots into the organic soil. 1 Year 2 Months Old Aquarium The original vision of the aquarium is starting to finally take place.... still no fish. 1 Year 3 Months Old Aquarium Yes, you are seeing that correctly, there are now fish in the aquarium 😂 Neon tetras first day in the jungle. Present Day, about 1 Year 6 Months I added some background lights to compliment the scape. Lucky bamboo is starting to grow more full. The aquarium is very stable, I never clean the glass on this aquarium as it hardly grows algae. Every once in awhile I have to remove some val as it sends runners all over the place. So that is the story so far for the 10 gallon, thank you for reading! Now onto the 5 gallon....
  9. What kind of lids do you all recommend for a 10 gallon? I'm not really a fan of hoods because they restrict options for lights. So yeah, I would like to hear what lids you all like.
  10. Thought I would ask here, do you guys think I can stock a planted 10 gal with a small honey gourami, some small rasboras (or maybe some neon green tetras? I heard regular neons like a little more space so I'm a bit skeptical.) and a school of pygmy cories? Or would that be too much? I plan to water change a lot btw, however much is necessary without disrupting them too much. Have a Tetra Whisper 40 HOB (which I'm positive probably pumps half the amount of water it advertises) filled to the brim with sponge (quite literally) and a small little sponge filter.
  11. Hey y'all. I'm itching to get a new betta since my last one passed several months ago. I've gotten into endlers and guppies since then and I just started a new 10 gallon tank with a few endlers with the intention of starting a colony. Could I keep a betta (one with a good temperament of course) with them? Or would it eat too many babies for the colony to take off? Some baby eating is fine - maybe even a good thing so I don't end up with too many too quickly, but I don't want the betta to over eat and get sick / I don't want the colony to be too thin. It is a heavily planted tank with lots of hiding, but in my experience of having endlers and guppies breed over the past few months, the babies are kinda dumb and don't use the hiding places lol.
  12. Hello! For months I’ve been watching youtube videos on Hillstream Loaches in relation to Nano fish tanks. So I have a ten gallon tank and thought that would be great for one or two with Betta and CPDs. I’ve been reading now that a 20 gallon is the smallest tank for these loaches. Does anyone have experience with them in 10 gallon or even 5 gallon tanks? Thanks!! Rosie
  13. Hello all. I just got my first fish tank last week. I currently have a 10 gallon tank and 4 Black Skirt tetras. My questions are. How many of them can I have in my 10 gallon? I also notice they spread off by themselves. Is that normal? Also, should I be keeping them on a light schedule and whats the balance of light on versus light off. I do shut light off at night.
  14. I have a Male Betta and to Cory’s in one 5 gallon tank, and I have some CPD’s in another 5 gallon tank. I want to combine them in a new 10 gallon tank. The water parameters are very much the same. I’m assuming that I can combine the waters from each aquarium into the 10 gallon, and use both sponge filters, plants and gravel in the new tank too. Then add fish. Will this work? I’d appreciate any thoughts! Thank you, Rosie
  15. I'm looking to venture into CO2 injection for my 10g betta community tank, and am having trouble finding a good quality system for this size aquarium. Any suggestions for where to look or the system to buy?
  16. hello, so as what the title says, I'm confused as to the best way to optimize the HOB filter for my top fin 10 gallon tank. I'm sick of having to replace the cartridges. I've considering buying the aquarium co-op coarse sponge pad and cut it to fit inside it but if I do that, do I also need to insert a carbon infused media pad along with it? or should it be one or the other? also, should I add a medium pre-filter circular sponge around the intake tube or is that not necessary? this is so confusing. any help is appreciated, thank you!
  17. So, my second betta fish is circling the drain and I'm feeling a little burned out on betta. Just as the tank was finally coming into its own as a betta paradise with jungle val, duckweed, all sorts of niceness. So he's in quarantine, again, with his floating log, and we'll see if he pulls through. But if not, what should I do with the tank? Currently home to 2 nerite snails, a bunch of ramshorns, and 4-5 pygmy cories who I'm thinking about moving to a larger gourami tank to give it a little more action (along with some more friends). As you can see, it's got lots of hiding places, particularly up top, and only has a sponge filter, so it'd be great for another labyrinth fish or for fry to hide. I have 2 heaters in it to keep it at 78, since my house is usually around 65 in the winter, but it's getting on toward summer and I don't have central air, so a fish that can take up to 78 would be preferable. What would you do? - 2 to 3 dwarf gourami in a species only tank - Apistogramma breeding pair (not a lot of floor space though) - Golden lyretail killifish (SO hard to find online, though!) - Pygmy cory species-only tank - Another betta! Third time's the charm. - Shrimp tank time! - Don't you have a billion and a half endlers? Put your males in there, dummy! - Something else? (I'd love to do a sparkling gourami species-only tank, but guides seem to put them at 20g minimum)
  18. I finally put my new 10 gallon planted tank together this Tuesday. The dragon stone is holding the driftwood down until it becomes waterlogged. Not visible is the pearlweed I planted in the background, I'm going to let it grow nice and tall and attempt to have a lush green wall of pearlweed. The foreground will hopefully be a lush "field" of dwarf sagittaria and a couple scarlet temple stems to give the aquarium some color other than green. Floating on top is some frogbit. I'm running a couple hours of CO2 in the morning just to give the plants a little extra help.
  19. So, I have a Betta fish in a 10 gallon by itself right now, I am wanting to put him in a community tank that I have, the reason I want to move him from the 10 gallon to the 55 gallon is because, I want to make the 10 gallon a tank with different types of plants , and I also want to put a few shrimp in it and a couple snails, I don't know if it is a good idea to do this but I know I do want the shrimp and snail tank with plants. I also do want to keep the betta because I love him, LOL. Do you have any ideas for me, if so I would love your ideas. In the 55 gallon tank I have 5 harley quinn rasboras, a african dwarf frog, 2 angelfish, 1 pleco, 2 golden algae eater, 2 platies, 5 mollies, 7 ember tetras, 8 guppies, and that is it. If you have any ideas please let me know. Thanks so much.
  20. I live in Southern California and currently have a 10 gallon tank. I’ve been looking into different tanks and sizes recently. I’ve decided on either a 29 gallon or a 30 regular. Was wondering if there was any specific locations/websites to acquire a tank of these sizes? Or just go down to my local fish store?
  21. It seems like most sources recommend a tank at least 24” long for kuhli loaches and to get a minimum of three. I’ve seen a number of videos were Cory recommends kuhlis for 10 gallons though. If they’re in a heavily planted tank with mid-level nano fish and neo shrimp, is three still the recommended minimum?
  22. Hello everyone, I'll be setting up a new heavily planted 10 gallon aquarium over the next few days, while I wait for the plants to grow in I figured we could brainstorm on what I could stock the aquarium with. I have neutral water that is moderately hard, I'd like to keep species that can thrive in temperatures in the mid 70s to help with plant growth. My intetial idea is 8ish exclamation point rasbora, 2 scarlet badis and 3ish stone cat fish. Maybe some dwarf shrimp too, but if they get ate by the fish it's not a big deal since I have a thriving colony in another aquarium. I'd love to hear any suggestions or ideas you have for a 10 gallon nano community. Thank you in advance.
  23. Can I use my nano sponge filter in a 10 gallon or would I have to purchase a small sponge filter? I am on the fence about either getting a 5.5 gallon or 10 gallon. I have everything else. I really want the 10 gallon, but am not sure if my nano filter will be enough. It's why I might get the 5.5 gallon... Please advise? Thank you in advance.
  24. Sword plant melted 😞 so i went and got a different plant from local aquarium store instead of online. Changed my lighting a little bit moved acouple stem plants around. hopefully plants thrive. 🙂
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