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post #1 of 7 Old 12-14-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question Stocking for a 10 gallon

Next week I want to get a start on my tank. I have a 10 gallon sitting on my desk with 3 albino corys in it. I need some ideas of the right tank mates. I used to have a betta with them but I want to try something new now.

I have been struggling with algae problems, I have finally got that under control and I am just ready to try maybe a community tank. I do have experience with tanks. I also have a 55 gallon that has a mix of large Angels and Gouramis with some larger tetra species.

10 gallon tank
Black sand bottom
Live planted
Aquaqueen Quiet flow Filter 20
Heated to about 78-82
Air stone

Does anyone have any ideas of some fish that would work for my tank?

I attached a photo also, like I said I no longer have the betta, but otherwise I have the same plants except the pink one on the left side.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry the filter is a Aqueon Filter Quiet Flow 10. My ipod did an autocorrection just noticed it.


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post #3 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 02:21 PM
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For a 10g, the best effect is achieved with the smaller fish species. One can get quite a lot of fish in a fairly small space and this can provide more interest. Water parameters are important, as many of these fish will be wild caught. If you could post the hardness (of the tap water) and the pH, I might have some ideas. The existing corys will be fine with whatever fish I might suggest.

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I recommend harlequin Rasbora, they schoal nicely and are fun to watch! Just make sure that the pellets/wafers you feed your Corys are big enough, I had a problem with small pellets as the Harley's kept eating them off the ground ha.

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- 7 Harlequin Rasbora
- 1 Bristlenose Pleco
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The hardness of the water is reading as a 6 on the test strip.

Rest of the water parameters are good. I am used an API master test kit.

Ph 7
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Alkalinity 4

I did add some Dwarf Grass and I believe Bacopa today.


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post #6 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 05:57 PM
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That water is on the soft side, meaning the pH will acidify as the tank matures, so there are some neat fish possible. Have a look in the profiles at these:
Boraras brigittae
Boraras maculatus [there are, as mentioned there, 6 species in this genus]
Scarlet badis
Eyespot Rasbora
Trigonstigma species, Reece mentioned the Harlequin and there is the similar but slightly smaller Lambchop Rasbora and Hengels Rasbora.
Ember Tetra
Nannostomus eques
Nannostomus marginatus
Carnegiella myersi
Whiptail Catfish
Some killifish (none in our profiles, yet)
Sparkling gourami

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-15-2011, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you,
I know the local aquarium store near me carries the ember tetras and pencil fish along with pygmy hatchet fish.
I will take a look at those.


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