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Old 10-16-2009, 10:52 PM   #1
 
Hello Everyone!

My fiance and I recently decided to commit to a tank. I've been doing a lot of research on the Nitrogen Cycle and basic fish care. We're thinking of a 10 Gallon tank, however, I honestly cannot decide between dividing it and keeping 2 or 3 Bettas or having a community. I do have some very slight experience as I have a very happy African Dwarf Frog living in a 2 gallon on my desk. Anyway, if I were to go the community route I really want a few out of the ordinary fish to match my need to be different lol, I really want some cool looking fish with very bright colors. Also, what types of plants/decor should I provide said fish? and if possible I would really like to keep a Betta as part of the community as I really dont have room for a separate tank for one. Although, I could live without the Betta for now since she really wants friendly community fish.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
 
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Hi Chris, welcome to the forum! I think you could do a number of things but I really like my planted betta tank and if I had a 10 (which I don't) I'd do two completely different colored bettas and heavily plant it with some driftwood, but that's just me. I'm sure whatever you end up doing it'll be great. Got any pics of your ADF? They are so cute! Once again, welcome to the forum!
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:59 PM   #3
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My fiance and I recently decided to commit to a tank. I've been doing a lot of research on the Nitrogen Cycle and basic fish care. We're thinking of a 10 Gallon tank, however, I honestly cannot decide between dividing it and keeping 2 or 3 Bettas or having a community. I do have some very slight experience as I have a very happy African Dwarf Frog living in a 2 gallon on my desk. Anyway, if I were to go the community route I really want a few out of the ordinary fish to match my need to be different lol, I really want some cool looking fish with very bright colors. Also, what types of plants/decor should I provide said fish? and if possible I would really like to keep a Betta as part of the community as I really dont have room for a separate tank for one. Although, I could live without the Betta for now since she really wants friendly community fish.

Thanks for any advice!
Hello and welcome to fish forum!

I would suggest a community over just betas, but that's just me. I never was a beta person, I like lots of variety. Some good community fish for a 10 gallon would be guppies (the males have amazing tail fins), platys, mollies, and zebra danios. I would suggest fake plants for the 10 gallon just because it will make your life a lot easier. The decorations are up to you, check and see what your local fish store (LFS) has.

I'm pretty sure betas can be community fish, as long as there is only one. I'm not a beta expert though.

Or you could get 2-3 dwarf puffers only in the 10 gallon They are a cool little fish that will suck snails right out of their shells. They swim up to the glass whenever you walk in the room. My avatar is a dwarf puffer
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:02 PM   #4
 
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Hello and welcome to fish forum!

I would suggest fake plants for the 10 gallon just because it will make your life a lot easier.
Just to add my 2 cents, my little 6 gal planted is a piece of cake. The 100 gal display? A different story all together.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:04 PM   #5
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Just to add my 2 cents, my little 6 gal planted is a piece of cake. The 100 gal display? A different story all together.
Okay so I may be biased because all of the plants in my 10 gallon died
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:07 PM   #6
 
No I don't currently have any pics of Froggert but I'll share some asap! I really love Bettas and their colors and fin shapes but I also like variety. I've heard that Bettas can do well in a community but my fear is that if I get one and it turns out to be too agressive and I'll have no place for it. I really like the tails of Guppys, they're very pretty. I understand that the amount of fish I can put in a 10g is very limited so I suppose what I would like is some small shoaling fish. Would it be possible to put two different shoals of fish in a 10g as long as they are small enough? I may even consider moving Froggert into the community tank and use his current home for a Crown Tail.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:14 PM   #7
 
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I have a school of neons (9) in my other 6 gal and they look great (to me) but off the top of my head I can't think of another small fish...maybe dwarf cories and some endlers?? I think guppies, while very colorful, would overrun the tank with babies in no time.
Looking forward to seeing Froggert!
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:18 PM   #8
 
So many fish to choose from, I just can't make up my mind! I think I may become an addict...Too bad I don't have a spare room in my house to turn into a fish room lol.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:20 PM   #9
 
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Join the crowd, welcome to the club.
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Old 10-17-2009, 10:33 PM   #10
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So many fish to choose from, I just can't make up my mind! I think I may become an addict...Too bad I don't have a spare room in my house to turn into a fish room lol.
Haha as kymmie said, join the club.

I currently have a 29, a 10, and a 2 crammed into one room. I also have a 15 gallon I'm going to set up sitting in my garage!

You might be able to get like 10 different kinds of tetras and they would all school together.

People say that they need groups of 6 or more but I had 2 neon tetras, and no other type of tetras, for a year and they were fine so I usually disregard that rule.

Maybe some neon tetras, bloodfin, black neon, ect.
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