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Stocking tank need assistance
Old 05-04-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
 
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Stocking tank need assistance

I have a 10g tank that has cycled and I plan on adding a few fish.
I really would like to have at least 1 dwarf gourami
maybe black skirt tetra or neon tetra which ever tetra would work
and a bottom feeder/tankcleaner possibly 2 ghost shrimp or a corycatfish.

Does this sound okay?
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
 
Hey there!

I am new to fish keeping but have you considered live bearers? Guppys are a real joy to keep as are Mollys. I have two Algae loaches in my tank and they are fun to watch as well as being the best biological vacuums.


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Old 05-04-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
 
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First, may I welcome you (CottonDandyBubbleFun) to Tropical Fish Keeping forum since I see you recently joined.

It would help to know your tap water parameters (hardness and pH) since these vary from place to place and while some fish are adaptable to a certain extent, some are not. It is always easier to select fish that suit your water, rather than trying to alter your water (can be very difficult) for a specific fish. You can find out this info from your water supply folks, many have websites now with such info posted.

Aside from the above, there are needs of many fish respecting groups, what we term shoaling fish; they live in large groups, and in an aquarium require a minimum number. Both tetra you mention should be kept in groups of at least 6, but more is better. This is going to cause trouble in a 10g due to lack of space both for the fish and water quality. Shoaling fish kept singly or a couple will be under stress which not only causes health issues but sometimes aggression. The group gives the fish species security, but many also have social interactions among members; sometimes a pecking order. Cory catfish are also shoaling, but you can manage with 3-5.

We have profiles of most of the commonly available fish, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. If the fish name is given in a post exactly as it appears in the profile, scientific or common, it will be shaded, example Neon Tetra, and you can click on the shaded name to see that profile. Have a look at the Neon Tetra and the Black Widow Tetra and you will find info on issues with these species. Also check the Dwarf Gourami, for health concerns and also its aggressiveness with smaller fish and each other.

When we know the water parameters, we can offer more suggestions as to possible fish.

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Old 05-04-2011, 10:12 PM   #4
 
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First, may I welcome you (CottonDandyBubbleFun) to Tropical Fish Keeping forum since I see you recently joined.

It would help to know your tap water parameters (hardness and pH) since these vary from place to place and while some fish are adaptable to a certain extent, some are not. It is always easier to select fish that suit your water, rather than trying to alter your water (can be very difficult) for a specific fish. You can find out this info from your water supply folks, many have websites now with such info posted.

Aside from the above, there are needs of many fish respecting groups, what we term shoaling fish; they live in large groups, and in an aquarium require a minimum number. Both tetra you mention should be kept in groups of at least 6, but more is better. This is going to cause trouble in a 10g due to lack of space both for the fish and water quality. Shoaling fish kept singly or a couple will be under stress which not only causes health issues but sometimes aggression. The group gives the fish species security, but many also have social interactions among members; sometimes a pecking order. Cory catfish are also shoaling, but you can manage with 3-5.

We have profiles of most of the commonly available fish, under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. If the fish name is given in a post exactly as it appears in the profile, scientific or common, it will be shaded, example Neon Tetra, and you can click on the shaded name to see that profile. Have a look at the Neon Tetra and the Black Widow Tetra and you will find info on issues with these species. Also check the Dwarf Gourami, for health concerns and also its aggressiveness with smaller fish and each other.

When we know the water parameters, we can offer more suggestions as to possible fish.

Byron.
I really appreciate your input all I want are happy healthy fish/water
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:30 PM   #5
 
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I have a 10 gallon tank the PH is 7.4 the temperature is around 73-78 degrees I think 6 neon tetra sounds okay with maybe 1 dwarf Gourami and regular water maintenance, what do you think?
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Old 05-04-2011, 10:56 PM   #6
 
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My dGH is either 3-4 last time I checked a day ago it was 4.

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Old 05-04-2011, 10:59 PM   #7
 
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Oh, and 3 dGH
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
 
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That is very good water. A hardness of 3-4 degrees is perfect for soft water fish which is what you are obviously interested in. And the pH of 7.4 will naturally lower in the aquarium once it becomes biologically active.

Are any live plants intended? These will help a lot with water quality, and the fish mentioned love plants.

On the fish, I mentioned previously the health issues with Dwarf Gourami, and I suggest you read the profile for more on this. Also, in a 10g, this fish will feel closed in and would likely not take kindly to small fish. A better gourami would be the Honey Gourami, you could have a trio with some bottom fish. Or if you want more "action" with shoaling fish, perhaps the pygmy sparkling gourami. With this latter there are many small colourful SE Asian fish that match well. Mosquito rasbora, Scarlet Badis come to mind; or Ember Tetra. With any of these, a groups of 7-9 would be fine, or 6-7 of each of 2 or 3 of them.

If you are set on neons, a group of 7 in a planted 10g works. And for the bottom, a trio of Corydoras, and some shrimp. These latter would also work with the afore-mentioned Asian fish.

Choosing smaller fish for a 10g will allow you to have many more [the larger the fish, the greater the impact on the biological system, plus the space aspect] and some of them are quite colourful for an interesting display.

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Old 05-05-2011, 02:33 PM   #9
 
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That is very good water. A hardness of 3-4 degrees is perfect for soft water fish which is what you are obviously interested in. And the pH of 7.4 will naturally lower in the aquarium once it becomes biologically active.

Are any live plants intended? These will help a lot with water quality, and the fish mentioned love plants.

On the fish, I mentioned previously the health issues with Dwarf Gourami, and I suggest you read the profile for more on this. Also, in a 10g, this fish will feel closed in and would likely not take kindly to small fish. A better gourami would be the Honey Gourami, you could have a trio with some bottom fish. Or if you want more "action" with shoaling fish, perhaps the pygmy sparkling gourami. With this latter there are many small colourful SE Asian fish that match well. Mosquito rasbora, Scarlet Badis come to mind; or Ember Tetra. With any of these, a groups of 7-9 would be fine, or 6-7 of each of 2 or 3 of them.

If you are set on neons, a group of 7 in a planted 10g works. And for the bottom, a trio of Corydoras, and some shrimp. These latter would also work with the afore-mentioned Asian fish.

Choosing smaller fish for a 10g will allow you to have many more [the larger the fish, the greater the impact on the biological system, plus the space aspect] and some of them are quite colourful for an interesting display.

Byron.
yea I don't want to overcrowd them I want 6-7 neons 3 corycatfish and one little gourami basically why I picked dwarf gourami because the word (Dwarf) lol but if you think a honey one will do well I'll probably add that one instead they're cute also btw I can upload images of my tank but yes I have 2 live plants
the fish seem to enjoy the hiding spots I've provided I have a mossy rock ornament in the tank with a cave! and a bamboo ornament plant that looks cool I didn't want to many plants or ornaments though because of the tank size
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Old 05-05-2011, 02:38 PM   #10
 
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My tank basically looks like a freshwater stream look tan rocks and plants I'm not a big fan of the tacky colored rocks they throw me off I like balanced simple, elegant, and beautiful aquariums with happy fish.
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