Hello everyone, couple month long reader first time poster here.
I'm looking to start a 10 gallon tank but I'm not quite sure what to put in it. I'm not brand new to the hobby but I'm still nervous about just jumping into a new tank without any input from some more experienced keepers.
I've been looking after my girlfriends beta for a few months now, he's gone from living in the usual beta bowl pet stores sell you with them to a planted Fluval Chi with a small school of tetras to keep him company. That has been going pretty good and now I'm hooked so I want a tank of my own.
Unfortunately my apartment only allows up to 10 gallon tanks which is a bit of a bummer (I know maintaining smaller tanks can be both more difficult and more limiting then larger ones). I got a 10 gallon Marina for Christmas so that ts what I have to work with.
I've noticed that in my city in the three pet stores I've visited I always come back to and seek out the various species of pygmy cories, love their behavior and think they are just brilliant to watch. So I'm looking for a set up that includes them, popular consensus seems to be that they like schools of at least 6 so I'd like to start from there. Just to sum up my situation
-It is a 10 gallon tank
- I intend to use a sand substrate (everything I read says cories live very fine sand)
- My tank will be planted (suggestions for rooted or floating plants would be appreciated)
-I'm open to either rocks or wood for hiding places and habitats (whatever the fish prefer)
-My PH is pretty neutral about a 6.4
- The water is also not exceptionally hard or soft
-My water is chlorinated but I treat it before I add it to any aquarium
- I do know how to cycle I'll be using some filter media from an established tank as well as live plants to help
- My current thoughts are a school of 6-8 pygmy cories and 6-8 black phantom tetras. I was also thinking of adding some shrimp or a snail later on once the tank has matured more.
Those are my current thoughts anyway. I know numbers are always an issue with both cories and tetras since they are schooling fish and that numbers are always an issue for different reasons with a tank as small as mine. My main concern is that the tank I start eventually be populated with happy fish, I don't want to kill anyone because of my lack of experience with stocking aquariums. So let me know what you guys think, is there anything glaringly wrong? Especially with the numbers or species I'd like to keep? I'm certainly open to options if that is the case. A lot of stuff really seems forum specific to me especially regarding tank size and stocking options. Popular consensus for pygmy cories for example seems to be 6 to 8 but I've seen as few as two suggested (seems like a bad idea to me considering how social they are) and as many as ten or 12 suggested which seems kind of high to me.... But if there is anything I've learnt in the few months I've been reading various fish forums if I learnt anything it was that peoples "facts" differ widely from site to site. That is why I settled here, you guys seem like the most reasonable and helpful community out there.
Thanks for the help everyone!