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fishr4life 02-07-2008 03:12 PM

Starting A 10 Gallon
Starting A 10 Gallon. With Aqua Vital Hang On Back Filter. Arcadia Arc Pod Light. 50w Heater. Stocking Plans are as follows

2x Pencilfish
3x Rummynose Tetra
1x Male Guppy 2xFemale Guppies ( I know they will breed i will put the young in a breeder net untill i give them to my lfs.
2x Corydoras

Maybe 1x Oto or 3x Micro Rasbora Harlequin

okiemavis 02-07-2008 03:27 PM

I hate to say it, but your tank will be overstocked, even without the cories. Also, do you know at what size your LFS will accept the guppies? Guppies give birth to 20-50 fry at once, and usually an LFS won't accept them until they're at least 1 inch, which takes about a year. So two guppies giving birth to approx 35 fry once a month would mean way too many fry. Another option would be to allow the fry to be birthed directly in the tank, and most of them will be eaten, which is a good nutritious food for your other fish, and a good method of population control.

Also, cories should really be kept in groups of at least 4-6, otherwise they will be so shy that you will never see them. There's no point in keeping fish improperly, because you won't get to enjoy their amazing personalities!

Sorry if I've sounded harsh, but it's a reality check that will save you a lot of pain, time and money in the future. Best of luck!

jeaninel 02-07-2008 05:00 PM

I agree with okiemavis. I would go with one school of maybe 5-6 of either the rummynose or pencilfish or Harlequins.

Cody 02-07-2008 05:58 PM

Also, the Ottos need to have at least 2 other family members (at least 3 in a tank) to be happy. If you are seton Guppies, get all males, else you will be way overstocked even with the breeder stuff.

Falina 02-07-2008 06:06 PM

most fish stores will only take fully grown fish, or at least near to fully grown, so the breeder net will not be a good solution. I would advise all males if you want them for that reason.

Cories/tetras.rasboras all need larger groups or or more to be happiest, so I would choose one and go with that, or choose the guppies. If you want otos as well then you could get 3 as they produce very little waste.

fishr4life 02-08-2008 01:47 AM

I will listen to any comments you have siad becuase i know very little about stock a tropical tank as i've only done marine before.

okiemavis 02-08-2008 12:04 PM

Glad to hear you're open to suggestions! Your tank's going to be 10x more fun if it's stocked properly.

Here's an idea- you could do a shoal of dwarf or pygmy cories on the bottom, 2 male guppies in the middle and 1-2 honey gourami for the top.

The honey's actually stay smaller than the dwarf's, and they are extremely unaggressive, so they'd work well in the tank. Plus, they really do stick to the top, so they even out the layers. I've got two of them, and they are soo cute. Whenever I stick my hand in the tank to clean it, they reach out their little tentacle feelers, touch me, and then run and hide behind their plant.

The two guppies will add a nice burst of color, and will be all over the tank. The cories on the bottom won't get too big and they'll just cruise around being adorable! Just make sure you get a soft substrate for the cories.

fishr4life 02-09-2008 04:34 AM

Instead of the honey's
Instead of the honey's could i get hatchetfish or pencilfish for top layer fish

okiemavis 02-09-2008 10:46 AM

You could definitely do that. They're both shoaling fish, so I'd get the smallest breed you can get, and get as many as you can fit. The marbled hatchetfish would work well.

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