10 GALLON AQUARIUMS FOR THE FAINT OF HEART
If you can, buy the
combos that come w/ the overhead (biofilter), hood & light, you
**Items required to
**Set your tank up with
everything including water. Let sit for at least 3 days.
(may be part of the aquarium combo)
Topfin 10 biofilter (may be part of the aquarium combo)
& light (may be part of the aquarium combo)
pump for a 20 gallon tank
gravel to cover ¾” of the bottom of the tank
plants (Swords & Java Fern – anacharis makes a good top of the tank
THOUROUGHLY TO REMOVE ANY HIDDEN SNAILS
beginners guide to freshwater aquariums, pick one that includes tank
setup OR call 904-880-0592.
Add your fish in
a period of 1-2 weeks.
for a 10
gallon tank (this will technically “overstock” your tank, but with the
plants & dual filtration, it will work. These fish are all
hardy fish & should take a lot of neglect, but you don’t want to
them if you can help them:
- 1- male
Betta (only 1 Betta – more than 1 & they will kill each other)
Zebra Danio’s (not necessarily male/female)
- 3 to 4-
small cory catfish for the bottom
- DO NOT GET A SNAIL
- You can
add off & on as needed something called feeder shrimp or ghost
shrimp (these will be eaten by other fish, but will also help keep the
that the tank is always full. It will dissipate water about 1 pitcher
full a week, just fill it with regular tap water
will want a magnet scraper to clean the sides about 1x every 3-4 weeks.
This keeps the algae off the side of the tank
needed (when the water starts to take on a decidedly yellow tint) empty
at least ½ of the tank & refill with tap water. Depending on
your tap water, you may need to let it stand overnight before adding it
to the tank
something called Cycle & Betta Fix available for your tank. The
Cycle can be added 1 capful every 2 weeks. The Betta Fix should be
added if the fish start showing signs of decreased activity, fin rot,
spots (spots can also indicate something called Ich which any pet store
can sell you a cure).
Hints & Tips
- By a
cheap “fountain” pump & the hose to go with it – this makes
emptying the tank easier than using the siphons the pet shops sell. If
you can’t find the pumps for $9 or less, the siphons are just fine, but
getting them started is a pain.
a dead fish as soon as you see it.
have weekend & weekly feeder tablets on hand in case you need to
leave unexpectedly (Wardley makes the best).
small pellet food if at all possible (Nutra-Fin Max for tropical fish
is my recommendation). Pellet food is cleaner than the flake food thus
making tank maintenance easier.
light only needs to be on during the day, optimally only 4-6 hours.
should not need a heater for the fish, but if you do, by a top quality
one – it’s worth the extra expense to have a safe heater. For those of
you in Kentucky,
a heater may be necessary, especially during the colder months – it
largely depends on what room temperature is.
put the aquarium in direct sunlight.
sure you have a proper aquarium stand or that there is no question the
place you set your aquarium can handle the weight. I think a gallon of
water weighs 8 lbs. or something like that, plus you add the gravel
& your talking 90 lbs. There’s nothing worse than coming home &
finding 10 gallons of water on your floor because the “table” collapsed.
MOST OF THESE SAME RULES APPLY TO LARGER TANKS AS WELL. AS A GENERAL
RULE, YOU WANT 1" OF FISH FOR EVERY GALLON OF WATER (KEEPING IN MIND
THAT THE FISH YOU BUY TODAY AT 1" MAY BE 4" IN A YEAR). IN MY OPINION DOUBLE FILTRATION WITH THE
BIOFILTER OVERHEAD & THE UNDERGRAVEL AT THE BOTTOM, MAKE FOR MUCH