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MikeyG 09-20-2009 09:12 PM

Would this overstock a 10 gallon...
if I did weekly 20% water changes?

4 pygmy cories
6 skunk cories
6 neon tetras (smallest I can find)
7 small plants, sand substrate

If it is overstocking, should I cut the 6 skunk cories down to 3, or would you suggest something else instead of the skunks?

I have a small ugly female beta that might benefit from being in there, but I'm betting this tank would be pretty full as it is, but if there is a way to cram her in there too I'm sure she would appreciate it.

1077 09-21-2009 03:50 AM

Weekly twenty percent water changes are ALWAYS a good idea whether you have one fish or a dozen. I would not add six more corys to this particular tank. The Tetras would work without creating too large a bioload for the filter to handle. Plants are always a good idea and benefit the fish.
It should never be how many fish can we fit into any given aquarium,. but rather what is the proper balance that will allow the fish to thrive without the hobbyist fighting a continuous battle to keep pollutants and toxins from negatively affecting the fish. This = healthy fish, and less money spent on medicating sick fish due to stress created by crowded conditions. Or at least this is what I believe the proper balance should be.Opinions vary.

MikeyG 09-21-2009 07:03 AM

I knew it wasn't how many fish would physically fit in the tank...I guess I never should have used the word "cram" :lol:

I was only thinking about the skunk cories since they are the smallest availablle locally, and I didn't want the pygmies to be lonely. But then, a couple of my pygmies think they are neon tetras, swimming in their little group for a bit before hanging out at the bottom. And the neons seem to want to be cories, as they are most often found near the bottom.

So if the skunks are a bad idea, how about trying to add pygmies to get them to a shoaling number? It'll cost me and arm and a leg for shipping, but if that is my best option I'll do it.


1077 09-21-2009 08:25 AM

Mmm, The money spent on shipping could possibly be spent on new or used twenty gal Long tank. This would easily allow for additional Corys of the species you indicated.
Otherwise, I would stick with the Pygmy corys.;-)

MikeyG 09-21-2009 08:30 AM

Oh, I love the idea of a 20 gallon long, but not in my current living situation. As it is the 10 gallon is a bit of an eyesore in a small bedroom. I may just take the neons back, retrieve my 5 gal Eclipse from work, and just stick with the pygmies and nothing else.

Ramenuzumaki 09-22-2009 02:43 AM

your pygmies think they are neons and vica verca? D:
awww they love eachother :)

MikeyG 09-22-2009 03:43 PM

Not any more they don't...

I have taken the neons back and scrapped the idea of any more cories (unless I can find 5 pygmies to complete a shoal of 10).

Monday night I tested my ammonia and it was up to 1.0. I didn't lose any fish, but I had a mini freakout since my water numbers have been good thus far.

The lesson I learned this time is patience. (no fish were harmed in the making of this lesson)

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