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post #1 of 6 Old 12-02-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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What should I add to my 10 gallon tank?

I have a 10 gallon freshwater tank. I have two mollys and a swordfin. I also have an algae eater that is very small. I have three live plants and two aquarium decorations. I use an incadescent bulb but am debating about getting two flouresent bulbs or maybe an led (I can't decide which one). I want to add some more fish but I do not know which ones to add. Can someone give me some help so I can make my tank active and fun to watch.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-02-2012, 04:45 PM
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Unfortunately, there really isn't much more room for fish in there. The mollies and the swordtails actually need a larger tank. Instead of fish you could try adding snails or shrimp or more live plants.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-03-2012, 04:33 PM
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If you plan on keeping it a planted aquarium I would suggest switching your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's). That will give your the correct spectrum for your plants. As far as more inhabitants, a couple inverts would be okay or depending on your type of algae eater possibly another Molly.

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If you plan on keeping it a planted aquarium I would suggest switching your incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's). That will give your the correct spectrum for your plants. As far as more inhabitants, a couple inverts would be okay or depending on your type of algae eater possibly another Molly.
What would be some possible additional inhabitants?
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What would be some possible additional inhabitants?
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There is no room for more fish, and in fact the swordtail should be re-homed. This fish will attain 4-5 inches, and may reach 6 inches--if it is healthy. That is too much fish for a 10g. The profile recommends no less than a 30-inch tank length because this fish is an active swimmer and needs the space.

The molly is not a small fish either, with males at 3 inches and females possible of reaching 5 and possibly even 6 inches. To be healthy, they should go into a larger home too before very long.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-08-2012, 11:10 PM
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I recommend LED. Return your fish [they will get to big, mollies like salt ect.]

Then you can put the following, which I think you'll like more!
*10 red cherry shrimp
*6 cardinal tetras
*1 bristlenose pleco

This will keep you a nice lively tank with all levels occupied. Make sure you put in a bunch of live plants.
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