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post #1 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
How should I restock my 10G

In the past 24 hours, all of my fish have died, except for one otto cat. I am going to do a large (50%) water change, and I am going to remove the glo-rock I put in the day before they started dieing. I need to know how I should restock the tank though. I prefer small colorful and playful fish. I want a betta but im not sure if it would get along with the otto. Any advice?
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 03:41 PM
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First of all have you tested your water? How big is your tank? Maybe you overstocked? Bullying? Stress? Disease? These are all things you have to check for before you assume it was the rock. Even if it was the rock, whatever it leached into the water could very well still be there meaning you should do more than 50% water change. (Over the course of a week or two, not all at once.)
As for fish neon tetras come to mind. Platys, guppies, and other live bearers come in many vibrant colors.
Bettas and ottos as far as I know get along fine.
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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First of all have you tested your water? How big is your tank? Maybe you overstocked? Bullying? Stress? Disease? These are all things you have to check for before you assume it was the rock. Even if it was the rock, whatever it leached into the water could very well still be there meaning you should do more than 50% water change. (Over the course of a week or two, not all at once.)
As for fish neon tetras come to mind. Platys, guppies, and other live bearers come in many vibrant colors.
Bettas and ottos as far as I know get along fine.
Everything started going wrong after I added the rock.
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 03:50 PM
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i would have gone with removing all the water, ... maybe twice just to make sure any residual stuff was gone.

crzy, a % thing

removing 50%, and another 50% , and another 50% is still 12% remaining of whatever it was

removing near all (say stuff in the substrate is hard to remove - so 90%)
removing 90%, and another 90%, that's like 1% remaining isn't it ?

keeping the tank filled over-all in the attempt at keeping the bacteria alive to avoid cycling again.

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for what to put in the tank

while i think 10 gallons is too small

i like the cardinal tetra, and the green neon looks nice too (both are small)
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 03:53 PM
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if you can get this, The Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus), beautiful looking fish in my opinion
https://www.google.com/search?q=cele...w=1072&bih=874
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post #6 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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if you can get this, The Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus), beautiful looking fish in my opinion
https://www.google.com/search?q=cele...w=1072&bih=874
My local petco doesn't sell those.
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post #7 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:13 PM
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i haven't seen those fish anywhere, (the celestial pearl danio), i'm assuming they're out there somewhere, but dono where

green neons i have not seen, but should be far more common

as for cardinal tetras, ... inquire with your LFS if they can do a custom order for you, those should be almost easy to find

Edit: maybe not so much the box pet stores, likely they'll either have what your after or tell you to get what they do have
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post #8 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:21 PM
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could look into dwarf puffer fish

not exactly community fish, and can be territorial, i have heard 1 per 5 gallons to avoid issues, ... making a 10 gallon tank rather small

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post #9 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
I don't think those are for me. Would tetras work?
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post #10 of 18 Old 01-21-2014, 04:59 PM
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tetras are usually very good

neon tetras, while a good standard, their abundance in the hobby has led to inbreeding issues (easy to see ones with kinked spines, and who knows what other health issues)
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