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Title: Stocking and fish tank setup questions
Post by: Thundershield on May 10, 2017, 02:44:24 PM
Hello, this is my first post on this site, or any fish site for that matter (not the first time typing this out though, it got deleted by spell check the first time :( ). I'm planning on setting up my first aquarium. I researched aquariums to the best of my abilities but I couldn't find answers to some of my more specific questions. I want to give myself the best chance of giving my fish a great home so I was hoping you could answer some of my questions and review my plans. Just heads up, there is a lot Of questions here, since I figured it would be better to make one large forum then tons of small ones. Answers to any of my questions or suggestions to my plans would be greatly appreciated!

General overview:
I'm planning on making a small, tropic, lightly/medium planted, community  tank.

The hardware:
My mom has given me a 10 gallon tank that we have to set up in. here's what I'm planning on doing:
Filter: aquaclear 20 power filter
Heater: tetra ht submersible aquarium heater (100V)
Air stones: I'm on the edge for these.
Substrate: I'm planning on using the walstad method.
Hood: the tank does not have one and I currently am not planning on getting one.

The plants:
For plants I wanted ones that could handle low-very low lights and are very hardy. The place they are going is well lit in our house, but gets no direct sun. I also would prefer slower growing species, so when they are finished growing I don't have to constantly managing them. My mom has given the restriction of no highly invasive species. With these preferences, these are the plants I'm planning on getting:
Java fern
Anubias nana
Green wendtii crypt

The fish:
For the fish I chose ones that would would be good in communities. I had wanted to get casy cats, but I figured that I don't have enough space for six and didn't want them to be unhappy. So instead here are the "fish" I have gone with:
2x male guppies(don't need a thousand of them)
6x harlequin rasboras
2x amano shrimp
1x olive nerite

The questions:
Here are all the various specific questions I have that I couldn't find answers to on guides:
Should I use air stones?
What do you think of the stocking?
Are the amanos and nerite enough to keep the walls and plants clean of algae? Do I need more? Or is the amount I have overkill?
Do you think indirect natural light will be enough for the plants?
Should I do something instead of the Walstad method? For the plants I have is any special substrate required?
Should I use fertilizer or not?
Any details you see that are wrong in my current plan?

Sorry about asking too many questions. I want to make sure that I will do well on this and provide a good home for my fish. Any help would be amazing!  


Title: Re: Stocking and fish tank setup questions
Post by: Maricalue on June 14, 2017, 02:52:40 PM
Hi!

I'm new too. I just wanted to let you know about aqadvisor.com. It's a calculator. You can enter your tank sizes, filtration and fish and it gives you information on wether it is too crowded or you have insufficient filtration. I hope it will help you.

As for your other questions, I don't know much but if I find something interesting, I'll keep you posted.

Have a nice one!


Title: Re: Stocking and fish tank setup questions
Post by: TwoTankAmin on June 16, 2017, 11:52:14 PM
Welcome to the site and the world of fish keeping. I am not a Walstad fan, personally. I would look into Tom Barr or even Karen Randall.

But, if you want to try the Walsatd meathod, buy her book and follow her recommendations.

Over th years I have had anywhere from 3 to 11 planted tanks running. Only one ran high light and pressurized CO2. I nevter tried a tank using her method. I tend to have plants in the service of my fish rather than as the focus of a tank.

Those online stocking calculator are a waste of time. There are other factors involved that they cannot take into account. You cannot find any experienced fish keeper who would think about using one or recommend their use to anyone.