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post #1 of 9 Old 08-23-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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How many fish can you add to a 10 gallon aquarium at once?

Currently there are 3 platies in there already. Can I add three guppies at a time or would that be too much? Also, can you add 4 ghost shrimp and 1 nerite snail at a time?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-23-2010, 06:59 PM
how long has the tank been set up =)

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-23-2010, 08:25 PM
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Also, are you able to post your water parameters??

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-24-2010, 04:38 AM
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+one for above.
On 8/16 you posted were going to wait until your tank cycled before adding fish, or more fish.
Approximately a week ago, you reported concern for a platy with clamped fins. I suggested that you might provide test results of your water which often speaks to issues that may or may not be contributing to the problem if there are problems,and will also suggest whether it is safe to possibly add fish to your tank.
Thus far you have not told us how long the tank has been running with fish, or the results from tests for AMMONIA,NITRITE,and NITRates.
Very few would/should,, suggest adding fish until the information asked for is provided.
If you don't have a test kit,,then perhaps as I suggested in an earlier thread ,,the fish store would be willing to test a sample of your water if you asked them.

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-24-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Tank been running for nearly a month.

As of 8/22:

Nitrate: 20ppm

Nitrite: ~2.0ppm

Ammonia: don't have test for


And I think the platy had clamped fins because the other one was chasing it a bit, but they are more or less fine now that I added plants and driftwood.
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-24-2010, 04:10 PM
good luck with them and be careful clamped fins might be a health problem too

5x2x2 aro,highfin bat,fei feng,ST,albino tinfoil,c.perch
4x1.5x1.5 planted tetras,harlequins,
otto,WMM,2 types of celebes rainbows,rcs,amano, bamboo,red ramhorns,MTS
3.5x2.5x2 flowerhorn,pleco
3x1.5x1.5 russel's lion,blue cleaner,sixline and leopard wrasse,maroon clown pair,green chromis,scorpion,tiger cowrie,turbo,lyretail anthias,jewel,anemone,star polyp,marbled and giant green mushi,zoa
2x1x1 nano sw shrimps
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-25-2010, 12:19 AM
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Tank been running for nearly a month.

As of 8/22:

Nitrate: 20ppm

Nitrite: ~2.0ppm

Ammonia: don't have test for


And I think the platy had clamped fins because the other one was chasing it a bit, but they are more or less fine now that I added plants and driftwood.

Do be aware that nitrites at levels posted are lethal, and it is quite probable that ammonia levels are high as well. Anything over .25 would be indication of immediate need for water change using a dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+.
Plants can help but daily testing and reduced feedings will be necessary until the tank has cycled which can take from four to eight weeks..

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Do be aware that nitrites at levels posted are lethal, and it is quite probable that ammonia levels are high as well. Anything over .25 would be indication of immediate need for water change using a dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+.
Plants can help but daily testing and reduced feedings will be necessary until the tank has cycled which can take from four to eight weeks..
But when its completely cycled, how many fish can I add at once?
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-25-2010, 09:21 AM
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But when its completely cycled, how many fish can I add at once?
You could probably add another three small fish after the tank has cycled, but I would check the water for ammonia spikes for a couple days after adding the two or three small fish and be prepared to do a water change.
I would also feed the fish a small amount of food , once each day. With exception of fry,,, nearly all fish will be fine with once daily feedings, and water quality in small tanks will be much more manageable.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.

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