Starting My 10 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by BeginnerFishKeeper97, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember


    I purchased a 10 gallon marineland starter tank kit (found here:  ). I started to cycle the tank after adding some declinator by putting in some fish food, beneficial bacteria and running the filter (Bio-wheel Penguin 75 power filter) + heater. My aquascape consists of gravel, sand, larger rocks and some artificial plants. I plant on getting some java fern, red rooted floaters, marimo moss balls, and Anubias nanas (in 2-3 weeks). I will be fertilizing with root tabs.

    My questions are:

    Am I doing enough to start the cycle in the tank?

    With the information above do you think stocking my tank with the below would be too much?

    Male Betta fish – 1

    Panda or albino Cory – 3

    Cherry shrimp – 3

    Neon resboras – 5

    This is my first post so if there is anything I'm missing or doing wrong please let me know!
  2. Little JohnValued MemberMember

    yea, cories need to be in a group of at least six and a 10 gallon is too small because they are very active.

  3. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore :)

    Are you dosing ammonia?

    What test kit are you using?

    For stocking, no pandas. They are too active. Also, I don't know about those neon rasboras in a ten, but denfinitly not with the betta. If you wanted to do the betta, you could do:
    -1 M or F betta
    -Red cherry shrimp (you could do a lot in there, it just may be a problem with the betta.)
    -1 mystery snail
    -2 nerite snails

    Any other fish you are interested in?

  4. qchris87Well Known MemberMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    Do you have a test kit? It's important to have this especially when cycling your tank. This will allow you to know how much ammonia your fish food is adding to the tank. An easier method would be to buy bottled pure ammonia but fish food works as well. A test kit will also let you know when your tank has finished cycling. You're aiming for 0 ppm Ammonia, 0 ppm Nitrites, and some Nitrates.

    A ten gallon isn't really recommended for a community tank with a betta. I believe you're referring to Neon Green Rasboras? They are best kept with only their own species give or take some shrimp and/or snails.

    As previously mentioned, cories are too active for ten gallon. You could look into asian stone catfish though.

  5. Kristian AcevedoValued MemberMember

    You could look into Nano Cories, like C. Habrosus ( salt and pepper cories) and C. Hastasus (dwarf cories). I would stay away from Pygmy cories though, they are more mid level swimmers and need much more room
  6. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to Fishlore!

    What kind of beneficial bacteria did you add? Not all work well.

    None of the plants you listed need root tabs, so I wouldn't bother buying them. None of the plants you listed should be planted.

    The lighting that came with the tank probably isn't enough for the red root floaters.

    Asian stone catfish aren't temperature compatible with a betta, by the way.

    I would not add any species of cory to a 10 gal, pygmy, dwarf, or otherwise. They should be in big groups and they're active, and a 10 gal isn't big enough.

    As mentioned a 10 gal isn't big enough for a betta with other fish. If you want the betta, he'll need to be the only fish in the tank. He may or may not eat the cherry shrimp, but snails and larger shrimp (like ghost shrimp and Amano shrimp) should be fine with him.
  7. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    - I'm not dosing ammonia
    - im going to pet smart to get my water tested (I'm a bit tight on cash)
    - I'd like to get a small schooling fish

    - I'm going to pet smart to test my water quality.
    - Yes, I am referring to Neon green Rasboras
    - Thanks for the tip on the catfish!
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  8. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Sorry if this sounds harsh, but without ammonia, the bacteria will die. When did you add bacteria?

    Your next purchase should be the API Master Test kit. It is slightly pricy but it is worth all those trips to petsmart :p
    Here's a stocking option:
    6-7 CPDs OR Chili Rasboras
    2 MALE Endlers
    4 RCS (they will breed)
    @TexasDomer, how does this sound?
  9. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    - I'll look into the nano cories! Thanks for the tip

    I added the bacteria yesterday. I thought that the fish food should be enough. Is it not?
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  10. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Oh, sorry, missed that part. Whenever your ammonia reaches 0, add more.
  11. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    Will do!
  12. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Do you like that stocking?
  13. SFGiantsGuyWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah and like they said, acquire that master test kits ASAP. Otherwise, it seems like you're on the very right track! Good job sir. And addtionally, the few live plants will also help accelerate your cycle faster as well. And may I suggest a really good "budget" light for your lower light plants: (I use 4 of these) NICREW LED's for your 10 gal. They're only like $20, (via Amazon for example) and they're actually vastly underrated and work quite well. And if and when you do choose this light, I also suggest that you utilize mounting brackets to raise it a few inches above the water line, otherwise it'll likely promote a bit too much algae.
  14. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    - I used "TOP FIN Bacteria supplement"
    - should i use the liquid fertilizer then?

    What could you replace the endlers with?
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  15. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    You could add more of the schoolers. Maybe 12.
  16. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Endlers and CPDs aren't temperature compatible.

    TopFin bacterial supplements don't usually work.

    A liquid fert would help, though the plants you've chosen aren't hard, and they may be fine subsisting on the waste from the fish.

    What are you thinking of stocking your tank with now?
  17. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    Oh sorry, didn't know that :dead: lol
  18. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    Thanks for the suggestion. If I do endup purchasing this what would i get to cover the aquarium?

    which bacterial supplement should i get then if any?

    6 Chili Rasboras
    3 RCS
    x something else that is either a clean-up crew or a larger fish
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  19. emmysjjWell Known MemberMember

    That sounds good.
  20. BeginnerFishKeeper97New MemberMember

    what would you suggest for the last fish?

    Is there no way a betta would fit? Would a female betta work instead of a male?

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