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post #1 of 6 Old 08-26-2010, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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new to tetras...10 gal

I currently have 2 silvertip tetras and 4 bloodfin tetras in my 10 gal. Is this a good amount or should I buy more of either fish? Is there any suggestions as to what other fish I could add or what I can do with this tank. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-26-2010, 09:23 PM
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-26-2010, 09:42 PM
Those Tetra species are a bit big to have 2 large schools + other fish... The most I would put in a 10g is 5 of each. With very good filtration and plants.

Are you dead set on these fish or are you open to other stocking suggestions?

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post #4 of 6 Old 08-26-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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I can go for 5 of each and I wouldn't mind suggestions it would really help me try to decide what I may like.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-27-2010, 12:29 PM
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All tetra are shoaling fish which means they live in large groups. A minimum of 6 is usually recommended, although some can manage with 5 if space is an issue. But it is important to have 5-6 of each species. In a 10g you do not have much room, I would suggest not enough for both of the species you have. One or the other, plus some bottom fish like corys which are also shoaling but can be kept in 4-5. The dwarf species like Corydoras pygmaeus would be fine, 6-7 will work in a 10g.

Alternatively, some smaller fish like the dwarf tetra Ember Tetra or some of the dwarf rasbora (Boraras species like Boraras brigittae and similar), or Dario dario or Badis badis or the Celestial Pearl Danio. These are also shoaling fish, but a group of 7-9 of any of them, and maybe two plus the corys, would work and provide more fish and more colour in a small space.

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Thanks for the help!
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