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kritas 11-21-2008 05:49 AM

10G finally set up
Now that I work at an aquarium shop, its kind of hard not to set up un-finished tanks...

So my 10G currently has

12 Neon tetras
5 Otocinclus
1 Female Betta

2 Thin Val
1 Java Fern
4 stems of Blue stricta
1 Wisteria
2 big clumps of dwarf hairgrass
1 Giant Cardamine
2 Echin Grisebachi

Do you think it is overcrowded?
I'll take a pic soon enough, just as soon as I find the data cable...

Tyyrlym 11-21-2008 08:32 AM

I'd say right on the line. Neons and ottos are small with corresponding small bioloads but you have a lot of them. Add in the betta and I wouldn't be adding anything else.

1077 11-21-2008 08:54 AM

My concern is for the oto's. you have quite a few plants that will compete for the algae that oto's need for their long term survival. If this is a new tank with little algae then the oto's will slowly starve unless you can supplement with veggies which some oto's may or may not eat.

Highland lake13 11-21-2008 09:28 PM

How strong is the filter? I would say your getting pretty close to overcrowded. The Tetras seem fine but the otos aswell. There are a lot for a small tank. I woundn't add any more.

kritas 11-21-2008 09:49 PM

No intention of adding anymore...
And with the oto's, this tank has been set up since february, and has very decent algae growth. Ontop of that, my otos love their algae wafers, AND, I culture algae stones for them. They're set........

aunt kymmie 11-21-2008 09:56 PM

Would love to see some pics of your 10G. Do you have any that you can post??

wendex 11-22-2008 06:35 AM

Sounds like a very nice set up - looking forward to the pics :-)

kritas 11-22-2008 10:17 AM

Will post pics once I find the data cable...:-)

1077 11-23-2008 02:43 AM

Kritas, My apologies in regards to your post. I thought perhaps this was a new tank . Oto's do much better in established tanks and fair poorly in newer tanks without enough algae.

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