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oscarfrenzy 05-09-2008 02:12 PM

10 Gallon tank
Hello, I want to start a 10 gallon tank, and i want to have at least 2 fish in there that grow to about 2-4 inches. what sort of fish should i get?

iamntbatman 05-09-2008 03:13 PM

Platties and mollies get about that size, as to some of the smaller gourami species. You could also get a smaller cichlid such as a single ram, apisto or kribensis, although I wouldn't recommend two of the same sex or even a pair because a tank that small wouldn't be suitable for a breeding pair. There are also some loaches that would work, such as kuhli or yoyo loaches.

tophat665 05-09-2008 04:56 PM

Yoyo loaches get 5" long and should be kept in groups of 5. They need at least a 3', preferably 4' tank. They do not under any circumstances belong in a 10 gallon tank. Kuhlis and black kuhlis are the only loaches that belong in a 10 gallon tank.

Mollies also get too large for a 10 gallon tank. Frankly, I can't think of any fish other than kuhlis and bettas that get over 2" that would thrive in a 10 gallon.

There are a bunch of posts out there on what fish will fit in a 10 gallon, or you could hit the AGA planted tank awards and look at the stocking lists for the smaller tanks (though they tent to put a small SAE in a 10 gallon and trade it out for a new one every couple months when it gets too big.) Google "Aquascaping" and its one of the first things that comes up.

beweeb 06-03-2008 06:56 PM

um what molly gets to big for a ten gallon

Lupin 06-03-2008 07:05 PM

Bettas are overrated. Try sparkling gouramis for a change.

tophat665 06-03-2008 07:23 PM


Originally Posted by beweeb
um what molly gets to big for a ten gallon

All of them. The sailfins get far too large for a 10, but even the shortfins that stay under 3.5" are pushing the limits of a 10 gallon tank if you plan to keep them there long term. A 3" fish is not 3 times bigger than a similarly proportioned 1" fish. It is 27 times bigger. Length increases linearly, but volume increases exponentially to the 3rd power.

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