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post #11 of 23 Old 05-22-2009, 10:10 AM
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A little ABN would be great. I'd think two swordtails would be fine tankmates. I'd make sure they were of the same sex as they will overpopulate the tank.

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post #12 of 23 Old 05-22-2009, 12:07 PM
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Went to a fish store that was a little bit out of my way last night but was really nice. I talked to the owner and he said a breeder comes by with little ABNs every few weeks so I should be getting one of those. Would 2 Swordtails be good tank mates?
Male swords will fight but if you plant the tank heavily and make sure there's a lot of hiding places you might be ok with 2 swords. Remember pleco put out a lot of waste also so you want to try to over filter the tank if your going to be on the high side of stocking. For a 10g I would stick with male guppies, otto's later down the road once the tank has aged a big, dwarf cories are fun (I have cory issues..I can never have too many!! LOL), maybe some false neons (I can't remember the name right now). I can give you more of a list later when I get home and go through my books. Right now my mindset is on work!

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-22-2009, 02:45 PM
mostly unrelated, but i heard albino variations of fish have shorter lifespans? Is this true?
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-22-2009, 03:01 PM
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Yikes. I had no idea male swords would fight. As a kid our family aquarium had lots of male & female swords and I don't recall any serious squabbles. Thanks for the heads up!

I'd also heard about shorter life spans in regards to albinism but after some reading that myth was dispelled for me.

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post #15 of 23 Old 05-26-2009, 09:06 AM Thread Starter
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Update: Got 2 little Honey Gouramis yesterday. So cute. They will have the tank to themselves for a while.
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-26-2009, 11:10 PM
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Honey gouramis are a good choice. Two of those and an albino bristlenose will mean your tank is nearly fully stocked. You won't have room for a school of neons or corydoras, but you could possibly put some fish that don't mind going solo or in small groups, such as male guppies or platies.

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post #17 of 23 Old 05-27-2009, 11:37 AM
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I would stick with a few cories rather than a pleco. Not many plecos say small enough for a 10g tank. Unless your going to be upgrading in the next 6 months.

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post #18 of 23 Old 05-27-2009, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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I would stick with a few cories rather than a pleco. Not many plecos say small enough for a 10g tank. Unless your going to be upgrading in the next 6 months.
I have been doing a lot of reading on this subject recently and there seems to be mixed feelings about plecos in small tanks. I am going to try it and hope for the best. He will be the centerpiece of a planted tank so hopefully it will work out.

On a totally different note I have a question about feeding my Honey Gouramis. It seems they like to wait for the flakes to sink down to their level and then hover over and eat them instead of coming to the surface right away to eat. Is there anything I can do to minimize overfeeding / food getting lost in the gravel? I have been trying to feed them small amounts twice a day and it seems to be going well.
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-27-2009, 12:56 PM
just feed slower. Their stomachs are only a little bigger than their eyes so eyeball it and feed little bits at a time. You can swirl the flakes in a cup with aquarium water and the flakes will sink and then pour it in that way
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-27-2009, 01:56 PM
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Also, the fish are still new to the tank. After a bit they'll learn that the food starts out up top and come to the surface readily at feeding times. They'll also learn that the flakes sink to the bottom and will pick sunken flakes off of the gravel. It's important not to overfeed, but over time you'll find out that gouramis are very good at figuring out how to get as much food as possible.

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