Just got a new 10 gallon tank from walmart for $12. It was just the tank - no filter, hood, or light but I think it was well worth it. I saw a 5 gallon kit but it was like $35. I have it halfway filled, I like it like this, I enjoy having a top view of the fish. i may even add some bog blants and make a riparium! [link]
I installed a barely used heater I had lying around the house and The temperature is at a steady 80F. I just hope he's not overwhelmed my the vastness of his new tank :P
1. How often do I have to clean it? there is no filter just 2 live plants - I will add more soon. I DID buy a gravel vacuum cleaner. I figured a change 2x a week one 50% and one 75%? Or should I do a 50% and then a 100%?
2. What are some low plants? The tank is inly 50% filled and I dont want anything that grows too big. Also what are some hardy floating plants?
3. If I DO decide to get a filter later on down the road what would you recommend? I want something REALLY quiet as im a light sleeper and gurguling splashing water may be a problem.