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post #1 of 5 Old 06-10-2014, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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I am new to aquariums and I want to find out if I've now overstocked my tank.
I bought a 10 gallon tetra half moon aquarium for our betta. (We cycled it for a month) Then we added 2 nerite snails 2african dwarf frogs and 5 neon tetras.
We have changed the filter to a Fluval U2. (We have a large piece of Mopani driftwood that the spray bar hits so there is very little water movement).
We have quite a few live plants too (s/p? On most) Java fern, Anubis nano, Anubis (something else), anarachis?, Vesuvius something, and amazon sword we use flourish twice a week and all the plants are thriving and growing like crazy! We do 20% water changes every other day (w/seachem prime) and we use purigen instead of charcol and use the fluval biomedia.
Now, my husband took my son to the LFS and has added 1cherry shrimp, 4amano shrimp, 2 more nerite snails (because we never see the other two...ugggggh) and 5 celestial danios! They have all been living happily for about two weeks now. Hasn't "seemed" to make much of a difference..... I thought I would see a huge ammonia spike but not yet... And I use API master test kit.
Believe me he has been properly scolded and warned not to buy a single fish until we have another tank ready to go!!! But I want to know if you guys think this is way too much for our10 gallon to manage long term?
By the way, I just moved stuff around in the tank so it's cloudy, it's usually super clear.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-10-2014, 02:35 PM
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You aren't that badly stocked from a bioload perspective, assuming your filter is adequate. My two concerns - it's a bit small for neons, and you have too many nerites. I know people keep neons in small tanks but if I am not mistaken the half moon 10 is shorter in length than a standard 10, which is 20 inches. As for the snails, one is enough. There's just not enough food in a tank that size for more. May not be enough for one.

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You aren't that badly stocked from a bioload perspective, assuming your filter is adequate. My two concerns - it's a bit small for neons, and you have too many nerites. I know people keep neons in small tanks but if I am not mistaken the half moon 10 is shorter in length than a standard 10, which is 20 inches. As for the snails, one is enough. There's just not enough food in a tank that size for more. May not be enough for one.
Great! Thanks for the info jaysee! You are correct about the length of the half moon. I also hate the distortion of the curved tank it makes me dizzy looking into it, although it is a pretty tank from across the room.... I just contacted out local Petco and found that they will be having the $1 per gallon sale in a couple of weeks. We are looking forward to starting a few more tanks cycling and will move the tetras to a larger tank when complete, would a 30g be good for them? And we may do a 55 as well.... Guess this is how multi-tank syndrome starts heehee! Also, I told them about my nerite issue and the lady agreed to take the others back. And I forgot to mention I also have a little cory cat that a friend was going to flush!!!! She was the main reason we wanted a larger tank so we can get her some friends and into an appropriate size tank. Think most fish will move into something bigger and this will remain with our Betta Boy, African Dwarf frogs and the shrimp.
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Overstocked our new 10 gallon????

You have a good plan.

Best advice - get the largest tank that you can fit and afford. I would do all I could to get a 55 (4 foot long) over anything smaller. Trust me, if you go with the smaller option you will regret it and wind up buying the bigger one anyway

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-11-2014, 07:57 PM
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I love the Mopani wood you have in there. Too bad the nerites will pepper it with eggs (that will never hatch in freshwater and cannot be removed easily).
I cannot see very well in the picture: make sure you don't bury Anubias rhizome, or else the plant will die. Very hardy plant otherwise.
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