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post #1 of 4 Old 12-21-2011, 08:10 AM Thread Starter
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Possible tank setup

I am thinkiing about getting either a 10 or fifteen gallon aquarium with 3-5 gold barbs, 4-5 danios (pearl or zebra), and 4-6 hillstream loaches. The smaller numbers are for the 10 gallon and the larger numbers are for the 15 gallon. Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-21-2011, 08:42 AM
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I'd recommend as big a tank as you can afford and have space for, you won't regret it. I think your fish #'s for either a 10 or 15 gallon may be high for the tank size. With 10 fish and no loaches, you are near/at capacity (space-wise) for the fish. Those species are very active and like lots of swimming room!

18 species/varieties of fish, 15 species/varieties of plants - The fish are finally ahead of the plants!
*560 gallons (2120 liters) in 5 tanks -> you do the math.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-21-2011, 11:04 AM
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I'm sure that Zebra Danio's need at least 6+ of them in a tank, I can't remember why, they just do.

"Don't leave something good, to find something better, once you know you had the best, the best has found better" -Drake


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- 7 Harlequin Rasbora
- 1 Bristlenose Pleco
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-26-2011, 06:18 PM
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A 10 or 15 gallon tank is far too small for Golden Barb; this fish attains 3 inches and needs a group of 8 or more in at least a 3-foot tank though a 4-foot is more realistic. An active swimmer.

Danio are also active fish and should have more space (tank length) for swimming; the 15g at 24 inches is better than a 10g but a 20g long (30 inches) would be best.

Hillstream Loach has specific water and filtration requirements, just so you know; many "tropicals" do not suit these. Check the profile.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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