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GuppyColorMaker 11-29-2008 01:57 PM

Hopeful Stocking Plans For Poss 10 Gallons!! Advice??
 
Okay here we go. I am -hopefully- getting two ten gallons, and here are my plans.

For the first one, the Community Tank, the stocking plans::

--2 female Mollies (I own a male)
--3 female Guppies (I own 2 males and one female)
--5 Cory Catfish (I've read that they do better in groups)
--5-6 Zebra Danios (I think they do better in groups??)
Anything I should skimp on? Go lower on? Any Advice? Yes, intentionally, there will be an undergravel filter and a heater, thermomiter, ect.

And the second one, I'm hoping to turn into a Betta Tank. Only housing two fish::
--Pez, 1.5 inches, female
--Undecided female betta
Any advice? Is it safe to house a two females in a 10 gallon tank? Should I start with a Divider with small holes in it so they could get used to each other?

Any Advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

Cody 11-29-2008 03:00 PM

Mollies require much harder water than the others listed. They are Brackish water fish as well.

For the Guppies, you will have A) a ton of babies and then B) death of the female. I would only get males if you want guppies. You need to have at least 2 females per male to spread out "aggression". I personally think Guppies are the most boring, overbred fish you can have (no offense).

Cories sound fine.

Danios need a much longer tank than 20", because they are complete spazes and need to swim. Take those out.

If it was me, I would ditch the mollies, guppies, and danios (they need to go), and get 8 Harlequin Rasboras. They look great with plants and in a shoal of that number.

Second tank:

You cannot have two female bettas together. The reccomended minimum is 4, with 6 being ok in a 10G tank. Females can and will be as aggressive as males. I would do no less than 4 in that tank. Provide plenty of hiding spots and sight-breakers to reduce aggression. You need to add them all at teh same time as well.

GuppyColorMaker 11-29-2008 04:24 PM

My only problem is this:: I already own 3 guppies and one molly. The betta fish is officially going in my 1.5 gallon, with some upgrades, if I get the bigger fish. I am probably going to find a home for the female guppy, and get another male. Maybe a Pleco or two, and 3 Danios.

Cody 11-29-2008 04:34 PM

Three male guppies is defianltey better than 2 male with a female. Good choice. :-) A Molly would be fine if it has been raised in FW (which most are).
As to plecos, I would only get one. Make sure it is a Bristlenose or Clown Pleco, because they stay under 5". You would need to have wood for them, though, so pick up a piece or two of driftwood. Common Plecos will grow to 18", which is the most seen in stores.
If you are dead set on Danios, then get 5.
Are the cories still in?

Is this your stocking idea?
-3 Guppies
-1 Molly
-5 Cories
-5 Danios
-1 Pleco

iamntbatman 11-29-2008 05:35 PM

That will be a very heavily stocked tank. It might be do-able, but I would definitely advise a lot of filtration on that tank and diligence about water changes. Really, mollies and any sort of pleco (even the smaller ones) are too big for a 10g tank and should be in a 20g minimum, but they might do ok in the 10g.

To reduce the bioload, you could just keep the single female betta in the second 10g along with the cories and only have the guppies, molly, danios and pleco in the other 10g. Or, you could keep the cories in the community tank and move the pleco to the betta tank. Actually, you could probably do 4 or 5 females and the smaller pleco.

As Cody pointed out, you can't have two female bettas in an undivided 10g or one will kill the other eventually. You need either at least four females, or a divider to keep the fish from getting at each other.

kritas 11-29-2008 06:31 PM

Female Betta's must be kept in even numbers , with four being the minimum kept together. If they are in odd numbers, the odd one out(usually being the weakest, or the youngest one) will be killed.

GuppyColorMaker 11-29-2008 08:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cody (Post 154985)
Three male guppies is defianltey better than 2 male with a female. Good choice. :-) A Molly would be fine if it has been raised in FW (which most are).
As to plecos, I would only get one. Make sure it is a Bristlenose or Clown Pleco, because they stay under 5". You would need to have wood for them, though, so pick up a piece or two of driftwood. Common Plecos will grow to 18", which is the most seen in stores.
If you are dead set on Danios, then get 5.
Are the cories still in?

Is this your stocking idea?
-3 Guppies
-1 Molly
-5 Cories
-5 Danios
-1 Pleco

Accually, the Cories are out, and my betta is going solitary. She is staying in the 1.5 gallon, and there will be some improvements made. Probably, if possible, i am probably going to have 2 gups, because my mom just told me that I am buying the fish that I want with my Christmas Money. So only 2 gups. It'll probably look like this

-2 Guppies
-1 Molly
-5 Danios
-1 Pleco

2 questions:: (1)What is a FW? (2)Cody, you had said this::
Quote:

If it was me, I would ditch the mollies, guppies, and danios (they need to go), and get 8 Harlequin Rasboras. They look great with plants and in a shoal of that number.
Would they still be do-able?

and other updates:: I have two 1mth and 11day old (not sure yet, may be gups)Molly babies to be added to the bunch.

Cody 11-29-2008 08:27 PM

FW is Freshwater.

And what would be doable? The Rasboras? If you want those, they would have to be the only fish, unless you get cories or ottos really. They need big groups.

GuppyColorMaker 11-29-2008 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cody (Post 155033)
FW is Freshwater.

And what would be doable? The Rasboras? If you want those, they would have to be the only fish, unless you get cories or ottos really. They need big groups.


So no Rasboras. Okeh. Any chance I could squeeze some Platys in there? They are rather attracive fishes. I can take a no, and stick with plans of the previous post, if that's good.

P.S. Any ideas on plants? I'm going to have to stop by and get some pics/names of the plants and prices, and start making a budget.

GuppyColorMaker 11-29-2008 08:31 PM

sorry on the double post, I hit refresh.. haha


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