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post #1 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
Future 10 gallonn stocking suggestions?

So when my Danios, Platy, and Chain Loach die, I'll be left with 4 Neon Tetras a 1 Endler's Livebearer. I was thinking of making the tank an Amazon tank. The fish I'm planning to get are:
2 more Neon Tetras
2 Panda Cories
5 Lemon (or Rummynose, help me decide) Tetras
1 Apisto (not sure on exact species)

Any suggestions/comments?

10 Gallon Tank:
4 Neon Tetra
2 Zebra Danio
1 Chain Loach
1 Platy
1 Endler's Livebearer
1 Ghost Shrimp
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 08:24 PM
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So when my Danios, Platy, and Chain Loach die, I'll be left with 4 Neon Tetras a 1 Endler's Livebearer. I was thinking of making the tank an Amazon tank. The fish I'm planning to get are:
2 more Neon Tetras
2 Panda Cories
5 Lemon (or Rummynose, help me decide) Tetras
1 Apisto (not sure on exact species)

Any suggestions/comments?
Okay, here goes my suggestion. My best advice is keep all fish alive. Monitor your water parameters carefully. It may be best if you sell the danios, platies and loach to an experienced fellow hobbyist in your local area.

Tetras and corydoras are quite sociable. For a ten gallons, I'd stick with small species of corydoras like Corydoras habrosus, Corydoras hastatus and Corydoras pygmaeus. Ember tetras (Hyphessobrycon amandae) is just about the best you can get not exceeding 3 cm in size but you must keep them at eight minimum as these are shoaling species and will not tolerate being kept in fewer number.

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post #3 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
Most of the LFS around my area (even the specialty ones) only carry the basic cory cats along with a few other ones (Panda, Sterbai, etc.), and I can't order off the internet. Plus I like the Panda Cory for its color, behaviour, and size (it's a few centimeters smaller than the common cories).

I was thinking about Lemon Tetras because all the LFS around me only carry the basic tetras (Neon, Black Phantom, etc.) along with a few other ones (Rummynose, Lemon, etc.). Like I said, I can't order off the internet, so I have to stick with the ones at the LFS.

10 Gallon Tank:
4 Neon Tetra
2 Zebra Danio
1 Chain Loach
1 Platy
1 Endler's Livebearer
1 Ghost Shrimp
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Most of the LFS around my area (even the specialty ones) only carry the basic cory cats along with a few other ones (Panda, Sterbai, etc.), and I can't order off the internet. Plus I like the Panda Cory for its color, behaviour, and size (it's a few centimeters smaller than the common cories).
Hmmm..What about otos? You might want four panda cories maximum.
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I was thinking about Lemon Tetras because all the LFS around me only carry the basic tetras (Neon, Black Phantom, etc.) along with a few other ones (Rummynose, Lemon, etc.). Like I said, I can't order off the internet, so I have to stick with the ones at the LFS.
Lemon tetras are far bigger than most options. There's still neons, glowlights and flame tetras as your few options.

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post #5 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
I'll keep the Catfish/Tetras in mind.

Are there any species of Apistos that you'd recommend? Or are all of them fine?

10 Gallon Tank:
4 Neon Tetra
2 Zebra Danio
1 Chain Loach
1 Platy
1 Endler's Livebearer
1 Ghost Shrimp
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Are there any species of Apistos that you'd recommend? Or are all of them fine?
I would not cram apistos and rams in a ten gallons with corydoras and tetras.

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Tetra-wise, go with Flames or Von Rios (same fish, different name). They have pretty much the same body shape as lemons, and have the same sort of deal where they will only show off properly in a tank that's not lit particularly well, with dark background and substrate. Flip side is they have about the same bioload as neons, so you could get 5 of them, 2 more neons, ditch the danios, the loach, and the platy. Bring them back to your LFS. Some of them will give you a discount on your next purchase (hell, I saw chain loaches for $13 a pop today). If you're willing to do water changes twice weekly without fail, get 4 pandas. If not, get 2 ottos.

10 gallon tanks are not about limitless choice. Not enough room for danios, loaches, regular sized cories, or pretty much anything else (That's an exaggeration - somewhere out there I have a post with a couple of dozen things you can put in a 10). With that little water, conditions can fluctuate rapidly, so if you were going to try to keep an apisto, I would keep one or a mated pair, nothing else, plant the suffering f**k out of it, and watch the water quality like I were trying to bend spacetime. Actually, if I were going to try and keep an apisto, I'd get a 15 at minimum, a 20 long more like.

You know those folks who make carved dioramas out of a single hair? 10 gallon tanks aren't like that, but they're more like that than they are like any reasonably large tank like a 50 or 75.

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post #8 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
So you're saying no Apistos at all?

10 Gallon Tank:
4 Neon Tetra
2 Zebra Danio
1 Chain Loach
1 Platy
1 Endler's Livebearer
1 Ghost Shrimp
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Not quite. No apistos if you are going to try and keep any other fish in with them. The water quality in a 10 can be really unforgiving to sensitive fish like apistos.

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post #10 of 14 Old 10-12-2007, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
So then should I add more tetras or add another species of fish?

10 Gallon Tank:
4 Neon Tetra
2 Zebra Danio
1 Chain Loach
1 Platy
1 Endler's Livebearer
1 Ghost Shrimp
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