06-10-2012, 01:46 PM
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New to the hobby
Hi there! New to the fish keeping hobby. It all started with one of those 3 gal tanks from a "big box store". We soon found out, that for what we wanted, these are more trouble than they are worth. I was gifted a 10 gal tank, while it is a step up from a 3 gal, I know it is not ideal. However, I am a single Mom, on a tight budget, and free was in the price range. I want to move to a 30 gal tank, but will need to save some money for that.
What we have right now is a Gold barb and yes the common pleco. (I know that the tank will not fit him forever, but for right now he is ok) I also have a Broad Leaf Amazon Sword plant. I would like to stock our 10 gal with a few fish, while waiting for the savings for the 30 gal grow.
I would like to have a bottom, middle, and top swimmers. I realize space is limited, but in 6 months I will have the 30 gal tank. So I would like advice on what we could do in a 10 gal tank to get our three levels of fish, that include the barb. Just trying to make due with what we have.
When the pleco grows out of his tank, he will be moving to my sister in law's 55 gal.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
06-10-2012, 09:26 PM
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Cory cats are group fish, needing five or six fish to a group, or they get stressed, inactive, and ultimately more susceptible to illnesses.
Danios or tetras of any kind need to be kept in groups of seven or eight. Its called a shoal. If they are kept in smaller numbers, they tend to be scared, timid, and hide all the time.
Barbs are the same way, living and thriving in groups of five or more.
Barbs have been kept with mollies, which are also group comfortable fish, but if not all female, there needs to be a 1 male to 2 female ratio.
So, most of the fish that could be housed with your barb wont be just one or two fish. They will need more than your ten gallons.
My suggestion for your ten gallon, would be to get four or five more gold barbs, and a mystery snail. Mystery snails are actually alot of fun to watch, and have really pretty markings!
You may be able to pull off two more barbs and three mollies, if your parameters are good, and you do regular water changes. Youll also need your tank to have alot of plants, for hiding places, and having this will also really help with the low number of your group.
Mollies do breed and produce live young ALOT, but your tiger barbs should be able to take care of them for you. If you wanted to raise the young, you would have to have a seperate breeder and tank, as the barbs will eat their young.
06-11-2012, 04:32 PM
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Honestly, two wouldent help. Youd just have two fish youd never see.
Go for a small group, like four or five.
You can go crazy when you get your 30 gal, but your going to have so many more problems and issues for your ten gallon if you only get two of each.
Six fish in your ten gallon is actually a bio overload.
My opinion is to get three more barbs and some snails.
More frequent water changes may grant you an extra two fish, but honestly, your not going to get the look you want with those fish. The danios and the tetras will not school together. Their going to hide. They might even refuse to eat.
For your 3 gallon, its a perfect betta tank, and minnow? you mean rosy red minnow? Your going to have a real hard time keeping any of those, as most of them are diseased and sick, because pet stores just view them as feeders. i bought 45 of them, and two survived.
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