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Old 01-26-2010, 04:20 PM   #1
 
Question New Tank Help

Hi,

I am a college student and I have always keep goldfish. I really want to try and get something more exciting. I have been doing research and trying to pick out some fish types that would work well in the tank that I have.

I currently have a 10 gallon tank with some elodea and java fern. It has a decent filter (I think) and I have a heater. I currently have several small goldfish in here, but they are getting moved to a different tank.

I want a schooling type fish, something visually appealing but not very demanding. Also, plant recommendations are welcome.
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Old 01-26-2010, 05:02 PM   #2
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

It would help us to suggest fish if you mention the water parameters, pH and hardness. It is easier and safer (for the fish and success of the aquarium) if the fish are compatible not only with each other but your water parameters. I''m sure lots of ideas will be forthcoming once this is known.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:43 PM   #3
 
I just checked the pH of my tank and it is 6.0. I don't currently have the stuff to check the hardness of my water.

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:04 PM   #4
 
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If your tap water is close to pH 6, you have a lot of options for fish in a 10g aquarium. Any of the small South American characins (tetras, hatchetfish, pencilfish) and catfish (corydoras, Aspidoras) or SE Asian shoaling fish like the many rasbora species and the dwarf loach; all of these are shoaling fish that should be in a group of 5 or 6 minimum. Thinking of single fish or pairs, there are the smaller gourami (pygmy sparkling, dwarf, perhaps the Chocolate) and the smaller "unusual" bottom fish like whiptails or Farlowella.

I would suggest a group of bottom fish from the above, or a single fish if whiptail or farlowella; a group of mid-water fish like a tetra, rasbora, etc. species. Perhaps a group of 5 hatchets (the smaller species in the genus Carnegiella) could be added if the tetra/rasbora were quite small [as adults] and only one bottom fish like the whiptail or Farlowella. With live plants you could have 12 or so of these in total.

Good plants would be the smaller swords, crypts, anubias. These are not demanding, and tolerate less light (similar to the JF you have). I assume you have a light on the tank, a good daylight fluorescent tube or daylight CF bulbs would work.

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Old 01-26-2010, 06:35 PM   #5
 
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Welcome!!!

10g...gee....uhm
Dwarf Rasbora
Norman’s Lampeye
A. Australe (the one's on my avatar picture)
Camballus patzuarensis orange (CPOs)
A Betta with a bunch shrimp in it

Gosh there's a ton you can keep in that water...what kinda fish do you LIKE by their looks?
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:40 PM   #6
 
I like unusual fish, looks are unimportant so long as they are fascinating. I would like a few varieties if that is possible.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:49 PM   #7
 
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I like unusual fish, looks are unimportant so long as they are fascinating. I would like a few varieties if that is possible.
We have fish profiles here but not with photos. I suggest you do some searching online for the fish Angel and I have mentioned and you'll undoubtedly find several of interest. We can then answer specific species questions if you have any.

One thing to get you started, for bottom fish, if unusual is the plan have a look at the whiptail (Rineloricaria species) and Farlowella (twig cats). One of either of these would be fine in your 10g, and would not be too much of a load being relatively small fish biologically, leaving more room for some mid-water fishes. Both of these are also excellent algae eaters, as far as normal brown or green algae; as good as otos and any pleco at edible algae.

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Old 01-27-2010, 10:26 AM   #8
 
I have done some research into pleco and it seems as though my tank is much too small for them. Are you sure a 10 gal is big enough for one?
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:10 PM   #9
 
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I have done some research into pleco and it seems as though my tank is much too small for them. Are you sure a 10 gal is big enough for one?
I don't think I mentioned plecos previously, but there are some species that remain small, under 4 inches. Fish normally sold as "pleco" in chain stores will probably be the common pleco that grows somewhere between one and two feet and I agree, not suitable for a 10g even when small. Potentially large fish in small tanks develop internal problems and immune system issues and frequently have a less-than normal long life.

The unusual catfish I mentioned, Rineloricaria and Farlowella, grow to 5 or 6 inches in length but most of this is the "tail" and the fish actually has a very minimal effect on the biological load. I have three Farlowella in my 90g, and two Rineloricaria in my 115g. They are certainly "unusual" and have the added benefits of being extremely peaceful, never bothering any other fish, good algae eaters, and fascinating behaviours. One of either in a 10g would be a good bottom choice, and allow more fish above as I mentioned.

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Old 01-27-2010, 08:23 PM   #10
 
The reason I asked was because the whiptail is a type of Pleco.
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