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post #1 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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what fish could live with pristella tetras?

If I had a ten gallon tank with 5-6 pristella tetras as starter fish and was wondering what would be good tankmates? I was thinking possible tankmates might include a combo of...

1 bristlenose pleco
1 dwarf gourami
1 honey gourami
5 kuhli loaches
2-3 guppies
1 betta
1 kribensis
any # of celestial pearl danios
1 panda garra
4-6 white cloud mountain minnows
6 threadfin rainbowfish
1 apple snail
2-3 bamboo shrimp
2-3 african dwarf frogs
Thanks for your advice guys.
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 01:42 PM
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If the tank is not cycled, I would only start with 1 or 2 pristella tetras to begin with. Then you can slowly add more once the tank is cycled.

5-6 pristella tetras are going fill the tank to about 75% capacity. A lot of the fish you listed, I would not try in a 10 gallon.

The 2-3 guppies would work if they are all males. If you mix males and females, you will have 100 in no time. An apple snail would work.

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post #3 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 01:46 PM
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If I had a ten gallon tank with 5-6 pristella tetras as starter fish and was wondering what would be good tankmates? I was thinking possible tankmates might include a combo of...

1 bristlenose pleco- 10g is too small
1 dwarf gourami -10g is to small
1 honey gourami - 10g is to small
5 kuhli loaches - maybe, I would still encourage a 20g for these guys as they are very playful.
2-3 guppies - possibly. They do require different water parameters from pristella, If your PH is in the low 7's it could work though. Get all male guppies though.
1 betta - wouldn't recommend it. Betta's are better by themselves usually. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
1 kribensis - honestly not certain off the top of my head.
any # of celestial pearl danios - doable from what I recall
1 panda garra - .. I'm drawing a blank right now.. now I gotta go research them again lol.
4-6 white cloud mountain minnows - I think pristella's require warmer water then what these guys can tolerate long term.
6 threadfin rainbowfish - rainbowfish are quite active and prefer larger groups. 10g is too small to home these guys properly.
1 apple snail - these guys can grow larger then most people realize. In addition if you have a PH below 7 it will erode the shell. Possible I suppose though.
2-3 bamboo shrimp - no idea honestly
2-3 african dwarf frogs - I would probably get more then 3, 5 I'm thinking. You will likely have to spot feed them some high protein foods like bloodworms or whatnot at least once a week in addition to making sure they are getting other food throughout the week.
Thanks for your advice guys.

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-11-2012, 04:02 PM
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I'm with spkehl, some of the listed fish are not compatible period, and some would be but in more space. Knowing your water parameters would help narrow this down.

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