I am in the process of setting up my 10 gallon sorority. While I was in picking up my Tahitian Moon Sand today, the salesman showed me the driftwood they stock, and I kinda fell in love with a piece of it. I think the brand is Mopani? Not sure about that one. Anyway... I am now considering adding a piece of driftwood to my 10 gallon, but I'm not positive I want to do that. I'm going for a jungle ruins theme, though, so it would look really nice in there.
Who here uses driftwood? Pros and cons? Would it soften my water too much (mine tends to be around a PH of 7-7.5)? Does it play nicely with live plants and moss balls?
I love my driftwood! I've got three pieces of Mopani in my 33 and my plants absolutely love it. Plants tend to like the softer water anyway and it really won't effect your pH level at all.
I really don't find any cons with it except it will grow a mold on it, it's not toxic or harmful to your fish, it just might not look very good for a little while but eventually after a few months it will be replaced with bio-film. Algae eaters/snails will help to eat it up as well.
I have a giant java fern tied to one of mine and that thing has bloomed like crazy! And on the other is Java Moss which has also done so well! So I highly reccomend it if you're doing live plants
I do a week soak when I first get my piece. Grab a bucket, fill with HOT tap water and let it soak, change it out every day so that it can leach out more tannins. It will make your water tea colored for a bit but can be taken out with water changes and eventually it will stop leaching.
Or if you like the tea color then just throw it in after a bit of a boil (5-10 minutes or so should be fine) All fish will also benefit from the tannins because it has mild antibacterial properties in it
Alright, I think I'm gonna invest in some! It seemed pretty inexpensive, so I don't think it'll be out of budget. I hope they still have the piece I loved when I run back tomorrow to get it hahaha. Seriously, I am in that pet store so many times a week I should just work there.
lilnaugrim, you mentioned snails or algae eaters. I am planning on having 7-8 girls in my ten gallon... it's filtered with an Aqueon Quietflow20... how many snails could I support in there? And/or how many algae eaters if any?
I have 2 clown plecos in my 20G and they require wood, so I have both mopani and cholla wood in the tank.
Most anything that is known to eat algae also produces alot of waste and I think a 10G would be too small for the bettas and another type of fish. A snail or two would probably work but they are also poop machines. If you had a larger tank, I have heard that bristleose plecos work wonders on algae and they stay pretty small compared to most other plecos so you dont need a huge tank - some sites say 10G minimum while others say 20-30..
If you get two Nerites it should be alright. They're great, can't breed in freshwater and they don't poop as much! So they should be just fine with your girls, especially if you have more plants. More live plants means more surfaces for your Beneficial Bacteria to acculuate on which means more fish/snails. Of course you don't want to cram every living fish in there lol but it should do just fine to support 1-2 Nerites.
1 Nerite will actually do just fine and clean your whole tank in about 2 days haha so it's up to you but I would personally go with just 1 so as not to overload the tank.
Also yes, no algae eaters would fit in there, ALL algae eaters are poop machines and most that are small enough needs a group of at least 4-5 if not more (Otos) and then even the smallest Pleco needs 20g+ so a Nerite would be your best option!
I honestly wouldn't get more than 1 snail for your 10 gallon because as was stated, they are poop machines. I only suggested Nerites because they aren't as much of poop machines and actually eat more types of algae than other snails do. I can tell you from experience though, half the snails that are labeled "burrowers", rarely ever burrow, especially if you have driftwood. All of my Rabbit snails stayed on the driftwood at all times just munching away, which was fine to me lol but that wasn't the reason I bought them!
Anyway I'd stick with the Nerite. Also those stores don't always have in stock what their website has. I would actually suggest buying a snail from online if you can, usually better quality and you never know what's been lurking in Petco/Petsmart tanks lol But that's up to you, if your store did carry them that'd be great! I've only ever seen Mystery/Apples at both of ours unfortunately.
In the long run, it doesn't matter to me what the snail looks like so much. If you say Nerite snails are the way to go, I'll just get a Nerite. I thought the other ones looked a bit more interesting and it would have been cool if they would have aerated my sand for me, but I can do that myself with a chopstick lol.
Nerite it is!! And I'm definitely gonna get the driftwood. So excited for my Amazon orders to get here! They've all shipped, so any day now.