05-21-2009, 08:47 AM
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First Off, Hello and Welcome!
I'm not sure which petstore you were at, but they were foolish to tell you that all those fish would survive a 10G tank, let alone a 10G tank which has been set-up for a day.
Since you already have fish in the tank, a fishless cycle is out of the quesiton. You are now looking at a fish-in cycle, which works just as well as a fishless cycle.
I'm not sure how new you are, but the basic point of cycling a tank is to build up enough nitrites in your tank so that it can handle the ammonia which will inevitably come into play once you add fish. Ammonia can come from dead fish and overfeeding your fish, as well as fish waste.
A fishless cycle involves adding ammonia to you tank on a daily basis, your fish that are in your tank will be the ammonia source through waste and excess food
Since you already have the fish in, you looking at almost daily water changes. But luckily you only have a 10G, which makes things easy for you.
Someone else on here can fill you in on a fish-in cycle, as I'm not a pro at it...I've done fishless in my tanks.
As far as your fish, you initially bought too many.....even if you were to have waited and bought that many fish at once and introduced them to your cycled tank....that many fish right after a cycle has finished would be too much and you would crash the cycle you just set-up and have to restart.
If you're looking at schooling fish that do well in a 10G tank, you could get about 6-10 neon tetras or the like. You could also get a couple of male guppies (make sure they are all male, or you will have hundreds of babies swimming around you tank). You could also go with some corrie cat fish a group of 6 would be ok.
I would read up on a fish-in cycle and get ready to do some water changes, for the next several weeks. Good luck and any more questions, more members will come along to help out!
Last edited by JohnnyD44; 05-21-2009 at 08:50 AM..