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I don't actually have a 10 set up right now (not even a quarantine tank). So I don't have current pictures of a nano tank. 

But, when I had my last 10 set up it was home to 7 sparkling gourami. And it was an incredibly simple scape, BDBS substrate, a couple rocks with some java fern tied to it, and a bunch of floating guppy grass. Which they loved and spawned in. Sometimes,  simple is good.

....seems I dont have any pics of the whole tank any more, just a couple small pics of the sparklers themselves.

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I put some ghost shrimp in the 10 with the sparklers. The ghost shrimp were too big for the sparklers to eat. They did manage to eat a couple of the newborn shrimplets if they found them (watched a sparkler follow about two inches behind a female shrimp as she was kicking the babies off, gobbling them up as they came out. Never touched the mother shrimp though). But the ghost shrimp did increase in number as the sparklers certainly didn't find all of the babies in all that hornwort. 

Never tried cherrh shrimp with them. I imagine the results would be pretty similar. Adults too big to eat, babies are a snack if they find them.

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What is your definition of nano? I have a 300 gallon that I'm working on being almost "nano" The reason it is almost nano is because I do have one fish in there that is pushing 4 inches but everything else is under 3 most are right around 2. I'm working with hillstream species so I have a bunch of US natives and some gobies the stiphodons may be shrimp safe but they would probably eat baby's I have also heard that panda loach are shrimp safe and kuhli loaches won't mess with the adults.

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My 10g is QT Tank.  Got some Serpae Tetras in there for a couple weeks now. Was told they were peaceful.  But I was lied to. Lol but I love watching them be lil a**holes to each other.  Next week they will be added to the 20g long with a few more of there cousins.  I only bought these to save some Harlequin Rasboras . They were super white because the Serpaes were chasing them around the tank. Told them that was a mistake and bought the 5 serpae tetras to save the tank full of Harlequin from stress. 

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I have three nano tanks (two 10 gals, one 12 gal). One 10 gal houses mainly guppies, the other houses mainly ember tetras. The 12 gal houses a mix of green neons, honey gouramis, and dwarf chain loaches.

I used both petrified wood (stone) and mopani driftwood in the 12 gal. I also used mopani in the other tanks along with some seiryu stone, which is mostly used to prop up the wood and create retaining walls. I'm more of a wood person than stone.

As for plants, I have various anubias, buce, crypts, and java fern in every tank (the basics) and I've also had good luck with rotala indica.

I don't use c02 and I have medium strength LED lights.

One super-easy plant that's outstanding for adding pinky-orange tones without c02 or high lights is dwarf aquarium lily. They're also in all my tanks.

Good luck with your nano!

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1 hour ago, genuine_red said:

I have three nano tanks (two 10 gals, one 12 gal). One 10 gal houses mainly guppies, the other houses mainly ember tetras. The 12 gal houses a mix of green neons, honey gouramis, and dwarf chain loaches.

I used both petrified wood (stone) and mopani driftwood in the 12 gal. I also used mopani in the other tanks along with some seiryu stone, which is mostly used to prop up the wood and create retaining walls. I'm more of a wood person than stone.

As for plants, I have various anubias, buce, crypts, and java fern in every tank (the basics) and I've also had good luck with rotala indica.

I don't use c02 and I have medium strength LED lights.

One super-easy plant that's outstanding for adding pinky-orange tones without c02 or high lights is dwarf aquarium lily. They're also in all my tanks.

Good luck with your nano!

 

Beautiful tanks there Red! You've inspired me to pick up some of that rotala!

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this is a topless fluval edge (6 gallons)  i made it into a little pond like set up with some plants lots of different leaf litter and rocks to make it look more natural.

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this is a mix golden creeping jenny, charlie mint, and fissidens moss that has overtaken the driftwood and is spreading to the other piece. 

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the stem plants are all planted in the tank into the substrate so its a mix of submersed and emersed growth. 

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Thanks everyone for showing a photo of your 10 gallon nano aquarium. Sliceofnature, do your Hillstream Loaches do well in a 10 gallon? I have always wanted to get some but everything I read tells me I need at least a 45 gallon aquarium. Are they pretty easy to care for in a smaller tank? And Taylor Blake Could you keep Gobies in a 10 gallon or would they be too big? Thanks again for your input!

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1 hour ago, Patrick M. Bodega Aquatics said:

Thanks everyone for showing a photo of your 10 gallon nano aquarium. Sliceofnature, do your Hillstream Loaches do well in a 10 gallon? I have always wanted to get some but everything I read tells me I need at least a 45 gallon aquarium. Are they pretty easy to care for in a smaller tank? And Taylor Blake Could you keep Gobies in a 10 gallon or would they be too big? Thanks again for your input!

Mine have seemed happier in that 10g than they were in the previous 15 gal that had large rocks but a lot more open space. ive used the vertical space in that tank to create a lot of nooks and spots for them everywhere. I sortve understand why people recommend tanks that large for them but i also think there are more factors to consider. They can be territorial, more so as they age as well. They cant hurt other tank mates but may bully them away from food, they can get pretty excited around feeding time. Males will chase a female constantly if she doesnt have places to hide and break line of sight. Theyre also very fast which is why i think people recommend larger tanks but they really only swim around in short bursts. Maybe the biggest factor is tank mates. They can get stressed and basically just seem annoyed by fast moving tank mates that dont give them space. After a while my full grown danios seemed like they were driving them nuts so my male hillie responded by regularly trying to intimidate them which of course they ignored haha.
 

I personally think that a properly set up 20 gal would be plenty of space for 3 of them and some tank mates. After having a single male for a while and seeing the change in behavior after introducing a female i do not think they should be kept singly which is why id recommend at least a 20gal. Ive observed the type of spaces they like and tried to create plenty for them when setting up my 10g and it is not their forever home. They love spots that they just squeeze into between the glass and rocks or plants. They need places where they can go and be totally alone as well as some room to graze and be social and giving them some water flow to play in is very beneficial. Basically whether theyre in a 10 or a 55 they still need a specific set up and their space so dont plan on stocking aggressively. 

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SliceofnatureSounds good. I will definitely consider them. Do you think they would be happy in the tank below? If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy your 10 gallon bowed aquarium. It is soo unique! Thanks again! THis isn't mine but I am inspired to do something similar.

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On 9/7/2020 at 2:52 PM, Patrick M. Bodega Aquatics said:

SliceofnatureSounds good. I will definitely consider them. Do you think they would be happy in the tank below? If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy your 10 gallon bowed aquarium. It is soo unique! Thanks again! Do you think they would be happy in the tank below?

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I love this tank! Its very Indiana Jones! You definitely have plenty of plants and cover and the statue is a nice piece for them to graze on. You may want to consider making sure there is some space at ground level for them move around. Maybe add a flat-ish rock/s on the ground for them to chill on? It certainly looks like it could work to me. 

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On 9/7/2020 at 2:52 PM, Patrick M. Bodega Aquatics said:

SliceofnatureSounds good. I will definitely consider them. Do you think they would be happy in the tank below? If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy your 10 gallon bowed aquarium. It is soo unique! Thanks again! Do you think they would be happy in the tank below?

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Almost forgot, the tank is actually from petsmart. It just happen to fit this little corner desk i had made perfectly so i couldnt help myself

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the emersed golden creeing jenny and charlie mint (i believe thats the plant, cant remember the exactly) are sending thick runners across the surface of the water and growing the leaves as floating plants. it’s mostly the charlie mint that has done this but the leaves are acting as a floating plants

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these long roots are from the charlie plant as well

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excuse the reflection but they reach pretty far

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you can see the roots on the “floaters” around it, the shrimp love to hang on them and its entertaining to watch. i think roots touching the substrate looks cool in general, this is becoming my favorite tank by far and i love the pure simplicity of it! no heater, no co2, very little ferts, and thriving plants.

 

speaking of, the ricefish and pumpkin shrimp are doing well, no heater so the tank sits at 69-74 depending on if we have ac running or not  

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just thought it was cool and wanted to share 🙂

 

 

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On 9/3/2020 at 11:09 PM, genuine_red said:

I have three nano tanks (two 10 gals, one 12 gal). One 10 gal houses mainly guppies, the other houses mainly ember tetras. The 12 gal houses a mix of green neons, honey gouramis, and dwarf chain loaches.

I used both petrified wood (stone) and mopani driftwood in the 12 gal. I also used mopani in the other tanks along with some seiryu stone, which is mostly used to prop up the wood and create retaining walls. I'm more of a wood person than stone.

As for plants, I have various anubias, buce, crypts, and java fern in every tank (the basics) and I've also had good luck with rotala indica.

I don't use c02 and I have medium strength LED lights.

One super-easy plant that's outstanding for adding pinky-orange tones without c02 or high lights is dwarf aquarium lily. They're also in all my tanks.

Good luck with your nano!

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embers tank.jpg

green neons tank.jpg

Beautiful tanks! What kind of plant is the bright green one in the front, off to the left in your first pic? 

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