Tropical Aquarium

Volume 10 Gallons
Make Top Fin
Model 10G
Timeline

Background

This tank used to house four young goldfish, but we moved them to a larger aquarium so they could grow properly. Now we've moved in a small mixed community of tropical fish.
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  • Red Eye Tetra / Moenkhausia sanctaefilomene

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Filtration

The kit came with a standard filter appropriate for a 10 gallon tank, but I think they were assuming tropicals. When we had goldfish in the tank, I added a second sponge/bubble filter in the tank, both to have more of a bio filter, clear more waste, and aerate the tank a bit more. That filter remains for this new tropical incarnation of the tank.

Lighting

The tank kit came with LED lights across the top. They work well enough, especially since we have no live plants, and we have a separate heater. Schedule? We turn them off when we go to bed and turn them back on in the morning.

Measurements

77
Temperature
4
GH
100
Nitrate
0
Nitrite
Chlorine
.0
Alkalinity
6.4
pH
Ammonia

Inhabitants

3 Fish

2 Red Eye Tetra Moenkhausia sanctaefilomene
catfish sp sp

Equipment

Additive
Top FinĀ®Tap Water Aquarium Dechlorinator Water Conditioner
Aquarium
Cleaning
Lighting
Top Fin LED Lights
Other
PENN PLAX Standard Airline Tubing Air Pump Accessories, 25-Feet
Top Fin 20" Hood
Uxcell Aquarium Non-Return Air Pump Check Valves

Feeding See more

TetraFin Goldfish Flakes

On average you perform a 29.5% water change every 57 days.

42.9% total water change in September.

14 activities in the last year

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Inspiration & Goals

Inspiration: We didn't quite realize the limitations of goldfish, that we could be constrained with a single-species tank. We love our goldfish, but we would also like to have some variety.

Goals:
- [DONE] convert the tank to tropicals now that the goldfish are out
- [PARTIAL - still need the gourami] have a mixed community with some schooling fish

Disasters & Regrets

My only regret right now is getting a 10 gallon aquarium. I had no idea how limiting this would be to stock. A 20 gallon would have been much more flexible and beginner-friendly.