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Author Topic: 10 Gallon White Cloud Minnow tank for Office  (Read 4263 times)
« on: November 05, 2009, 05:09:46 PM »


I have been given approval to have an aquarium at my desk.  To do something different, and keep things as simple as possible, I have decided to go with a 10 gallon "cold water" (i.e. no heater) tank with 6-8 white cloud minnows.  I am going to have a piece of driftwood and do want to have lots of plants for a natural healthy environment for the fish and for appearance.  What types of plants would be best for this set up.  I am going to have minimal lighting (1.5-2 wpg max) and don't want to deal with C02 or ferts, so hardy, undemanding plants please.  I have read that Hornwort will grow in unheated tanks - does anyone have actual expierence with this?  I personally like Hornwort but do not want that to be the only plant in the tank. 

I also plan on pulling my HOB Aquaclear 30 out of the closet and putting it on my 20 gallon to seed it for a few weeks so I dont have to deal with a cycling tank at work.  Will moving that filter from a heated tank to an unheated tank be ok, or will that be too much of a shock for the bacteria colony?

Any suggestions are appreciated, you all always come through. Thanks.
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 05:13:34 PM »

filter should be no prob, just keep the media wet until you get it on your new tank, sounds like a great desk area.
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009, 05:17:30 PM »

Thank Shaner - that is one thing off the list.  Yes, it will be enjoyable for everyone in my section.  The managing partner of our law firm is a fellow hobbyist and I told him I would keep it simple - but I wanted more than just a little betta tank. 
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 05:45:58 PM »

i had a thought,  Smiley how are you going to do water changes?

and as far as plants go, I have a Java Fern that is doing great in the lower light area of my tank, should do well in a 10
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 05:54:50 PM »

Water changes, what water changes - I said a low profile tank, LOL, no we have a kitchen with a sink on our floor.  I am going to keep a five gallon bucket and 5 1 gallon plastic milk cartons at (under) my desk (its a large cubicle actually) and on my lunch hour on Fridays I am going to do a 50% water change with no fuss.  Just vacuume out 5 gallons into the bucket, pour in my 5 gallons of pre-treated water and empty bucket.  I can use any lunch hour during the week to refill my empty milk cartons, then the replacement water will be the same temp as the room.  And when I am on vacation, I will have my trusty co-workers around to feed the fish - they may have to miss one weekly water change though.

I actually have had no luck with a Java Fern or Moss in my tropical 20 gallon at home - I have banana plants, wisteria, hornwort, money wort, amazon swords and crypts doing really well.  I actually stopped the C02 and have just been adding 1/2 tsp of excel a few times a week, very little algae now.
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