01-14-2010, 03:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishingtons
Hi everyone, this is my first post and thread. I have been keeping a ten gallon aquarium for about 5 months now. I've tried to research as much as possible and take the best care of the fish that I could. For most of the five months I had been keeping 3 spotted corydoras and 6 zebra danios (glofish). I have been performing 20-25% water changes every week. I have been doing occasional water testing (1-2 per month), my water conditions have been excellent for most of the life of the aquarium. I have also added appropriate amounts of aquarium salt during each water change. I have had such good experiences with this tank that I decided to start another 29 gallon tank. I keep both my 10 and 29 (currently uninhabited) tanks at my house in the city in which I go to college but I brought my 10 gallon and my fish home to a different city. While I've been home, I found a store with beautiful fancy guppies that I could not pass on. I bought 6 and put them in my 10 gallon with the intent to keep them there for no more than 1 1/2 weeks before placing some of the fish in my other tank. I have been told to strictly follow the 1 inch per gallon rule and have been mostly compliant. However, even with the 6 guppies, 6 zebra danios, and 2 corys (1 died as a result of stress from the trip I believe) my tank actually does not 'appear' crowded. Actually the guppies and glofish are quite beautiful together. My question is this: is my tank dangerously overstocked? I will separate these fish soon if they are but I would prefer to keep them in their current condition if they are not.
If the tank is overstocked then I will remove the glofish and the corys and make my 10 gallon a guppy only tank. I have three pregnant females and I was hoping to try to raise their fry. How many guppies can I safely put in a 10 gallon tank? Again I am familiar with the 1 inch per gallon rule but I have seen many guppies (10+) in much smaller confines than a 10 gallon tank and I have also heard an extreme case where someone had nearly 100 in a 10 gallon (I have no intentions of coming close to that).
Thanks for your help.
With three pregnant female guppies ,assuming that water suits their efforts,, You could easily have upwards of sixty fish in the ten gallon tank within the next month and the population will increase rather quickly for it is what guppies do.
I have found that guppies do better with warmer temps than the danios would appreciate. I keep guppies at 80 degrees and I keep long finned danios at around 75 degrees.