What should I put in a 10 gallon?
I'm thinking about buying a ten gallon tank soon for a sort of mini freshwater community. What sorts of fish would work well in a ten gallon tank, and how many can I fit comfortably without overcrowding? It'd be really nice to have at least one angelfish; I've really been wanting one. Can they do ten gallons or is that too small?
Angelfish get really big and need a LOT of space. A 55g is probably a decent start if you really want to be keeping angels, sorry to be a buzzkill =( There are good options for a 10g though, tell us a little more about yourself (experience level, water parameters, etc.) so we can make some good suggestions for you!
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I guess I won't be getting any angels then... until I get a place of my own my mom said nothing bigger than 10 gallons.
I don't have much experience... Winchester is the first fish I've taken care of all on my own. But I'm kinda feeling like this will turn into a major hobby of mine so I'd like to try a bunch of different species and learn about taking care of all of them. I don't really know what you mean by water parameters... you mean like the hardness and pH of the tap water around here?
Yeah, I use tap water with water conditioner. I don't have a test kit (since I went into this knowing nothing) but I'll get one soon. What should I make sure the kit can test for? What's the best kit to buy?
Most of us (including myself) use the API Freshwater Master Liquid Test Kit. API Freshwater Master Test Kit, Aquarium Test Kits for Sale Online | PetSolutions
You also might like to look into an API gH and kH test, because you can look at the city water paramiters, but it is usually a bit vague. Test Kit Gh Kh Freshwater - 04001058 - Fw Test Kits - -Freshwater- - Fish - by Ca Aquarium Supply(I think that is a liquid test, which is what you want.)
I just put what I found to be the cheapest, they are sold almost wherever pet supplies are sold.
Cool, I'll get that as soon as I can.
Fish in a 10 gallon: if it were me.....
I would go with 5-6 Dwarf Cory's as in Corydoras habrosus. They stay small sizing out at 1 1/2 inches, are very active and great fun to watch.
I'd also add a small school of Neons 6-7 fish and/or a group of Rasbora.
Another good option in place of the Neons/Rasbora would be Celestial Pearl Danios - real pretty little fish that are very active.
If you want to try cichlids you might consÓder Tanganyikans, maybe Neolamprologus multifasciatus - they are quite unique little shell dwellers and very enjoyable.
You don't need a 150 gallon tank to enjoy the hobby, you can do great set ups in a 10 gallon... but be responsible: don't overstock (be satisfied keeping a group or two of smaller fish) and maintain your water changes on schedule (especially in a 10 gallon).
Keep us posted on your 10 gallon set up.
Also, agree with the others.... an angel won't work.
Alright, cool. Thanks for the suggestions! I'll look into care and decide which I like best. I'm hoping to get the tank for Christmas; if I do I might do a little journal thread for it.
Small group of dwarf cories and a little school of small tetras is excellent advice for a 10g. You can also look at cherry shrimp and malaysian trumpet snails if you are interested in some inverts. Both are hardy and don't contribute much to the bioload.
I don't know how complicated you want to make the 10g, but the addition of live plants is always a great step towards a much more balanced and stable system.
Tank journal would be awesome, we always love ogling other people's tanks =)
If you are looking for more info on setting up a 10g, try this thread:http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...6/#post2255642
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