Creating a freshwater reef!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Fibsog, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. FibsogNew MemberMember

    After all my plants mysteriously died, i have decided to turn away from plants, in the 10g at least. Instead, i am going to add fake coral and colorful fish and inverts. Please leave suggestions of what to add!

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  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Apart from african cichlids of which most are too big for your tank, I think killifish have to be some of the most colourful fish around

  3. KindafishyValued MemberMember

    Endlers ad chili rasboras are beauties as well.

  4. Claire BearWell Known MemberMember

    Hi, I would go with very small species and make sure they are suitable for that size tank. endlercollector states that endlers will work in 10 gallon.
    Just be cautious whatever you choose, and don't overstock! :)
  5. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, five male Endler's will give you a lightly stocked tank, 9 or 10 for medium, and 14 for heavy. Just don't get any girls and enjoy the dancing ;)
  6. petaddictionWell Known MemberMember

    I have to agree, endlers would look great in a tank with coral. They are very tropical and bright looking. I recently got some 3 days ago and I love my little endlers... and my tag along guppy who thinks he's an endler. :D

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    Here's my lil gang. You could have coral that plays off their colors. So like green & orange. And you could also do the complimentary colors red & blue. I think that would look awesome.

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  7. FibsogNew MemberMember

    I considered endlers, however i already have a guppy tank and 4/7 guppies are endlers. I have done gardneri killifish, but had bad luck due to varying conditions in the only store i can get them from. I also have considered glofish, as they have always been super hardy with me. Shell dwellers are also on my mind. Keep the suggestions coming guys! And btw- endlers arent COMPLETLY out of the picture......

    I just thought of galaxy rasboras/ CPD. Any thoughts or care tips? And by the way, this is going to be an all new tank (instant cycle with used filter media) that i saw on craigslist. Full set! 10 gallon, stand, heater, filter, gravel, and light hood!

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    Here are a few of my little endlers. Love these guys!
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  8. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Cpd's would be good in your tank, they like quite a heavily planted tank & don't like a lot of flow, they're good breeders too once they get going
  9. FibsogNew MemberMember

    Yeah, cpds sound out of the question though, as plants arent really part of the theme. Anything else guys?

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  10. FibsogNew MemberMember

    I still need suggestions guys!

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  11. endlercollectorFishlore VIPMember

    I can't remember what your pH KH situation is, But I am assuming that your water is hard due to your livebearers. If you can balance out culling, swamp guppies could be really cool. if occasionally deprived of food, they will eat most of their fry. you could put in a male platy to help keep the population down. I do not recommend them for an all-male tank and there have to be enough females to keep things balanced. Their behavior is very different from Endler's and wild reticulata; they are much more skittish.
  12. lollipopkillerWell Known MemberMember

    i attempted to do the same type of look with shell dwellers and "dwarf" red devil/blood parrots hybrids i dont recomend the hybrids but the shellies were amazing
  13. Dark SkyValued MemberMember

    I know this isn't suitable for a 10G, but I had to mention it. There's a local fish keeper who experienced the same thing, plants just dropped off, so he decided to create a 'poor mans marine tank', he has an abundance of fake coral, and fake anemone which sway with the slightest water movement. He has it stocked with nothing but Electric Yellow Cichlids, it looks very convincing.
  14. FibsogNew MemberMember

    Sounds cool! Maybe another yellow fish could do the trick...

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  16. FibsogNew MemberMember

    Well thanks for all the help guys!

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  17. TeishokueWell Known MemberMember

    I recommend a HUGE colony of bryozoas. and some choprae danios

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