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post #1 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Stocking for 10 gallon

I all ready have 6 cherry barbs in a 10 gallon tank. 3 male and 3 female. I don't have plants yet but I"m going to get a few when I go get some more fish.

I want to get 6 neon tetras to add to the tank. Will the cherry barbs pick on them?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 04:40 PM
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Sounds a bit overstocked. I'd leave well enough alone.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 05:11 PM
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A rule of thumb in the aquarium world is one inch of adult fish per gallon. The cherry barbs will reach 2", so that's already 12 inches of fish in a ten gallon tank. I'd either upgrade or hold off on any more fish.
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 06:23 PM
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A rule of thumb in the aquarium world is one inch of adult fish per gallon. The cherry barbs will reach 2", so that's already 12 inches of fish in a ten gallon tank. I'd either upgrade or hold off on any more fish.
That rule is useless and will never work. It is something you should never intend to use because there are a lot of inconsistencies in that rule. It is only intended to prevent beginners from overstocking their tanks but even that rule is easily misunderstood. How about a 24-inch silver aro in a 24 gallons tank? How about the 12-inch oscar in a 12 gallons tank?

Bear in mind, some fish even contribute much less waste in comparison to others whereas some need plenty of swimming space more than the others. A lot of fish dwell in different levels.

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 06:33 PM
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I must agree with Lupin that the rule is almost useless but I believe that in this case it is coming up with a good answer. The answer is there are enough fish for such a small tank.
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks. I might swap half of the cherrys then and go with 1 male and 2 females and then get a few neons. If I did that, would the barbs harass the neons?

Or if I decide to swap all the barbs, how many neons could I put in the tank?
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 10:57 PM
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Both species should have at least 6 in a group. So you should only have either the barbs or tetras.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-23-2008, 11:06 PM
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Sorry, that's what someone told me when I first got here. And I know the rule is nonsensical for a lot of scenarios, I was referring to Grits' specific fish.
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