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flyingfox 04-05-2010 03:50 PM

new additions to the tank
Just after some advice really,

we currently have a 10gallon tank containing 1 red tailed black shark, 2 male cockatoo dwarf cichlids (one currently in isolation) and 4 jumbo neon tetras. (plastic plants / hidy holes galore / running for about a month)

now the question is what would you suggest as a new addition, if any? (loach/pelco/or something else)



d0r0g0 04-05-2010 05:22 PM

I'd say you're pretty full already.

You might have room for a BN if you're looking for something to clean the glass.

flyingfox 04-05-2010 06:24 PM

sorry for being slighty behind the times but what does BN stand for?

many thanks


d0r0g0 04-05-2010 06:35 PM

Bristlenose Pleco. Not the common Pleco, they get quite large.

Byron 04-06-2010 05:58 PM

Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping.

I'm afraid you have, or certainly will have, some issues in your 10g with the present fish.

My advice is to remove the redtail shark; perhaps the store will do an exchange or credit. This fish attains 6 inches and can be very aggressive to other fish as it matures. Recommended tank size is at least 30 gallons. This is not a suitable fish in a 10g aquarium.

I would also not recommend two male dwarf cichlids in anything under a 15g or 20g long. These fish are territorial, and while a mated pair would work in a nicely planted 10g, not two males. There is no "space" for either one to get out of the other's way, and that is highly stressful for one or both of them.

The four neons would be better with two more; characins (tetras, pencilfish, hatchetfish) are shoaling fish that live in large groups and the more there are in the tank the less stressed they will be (not exceeding the workable limit for the tank size of course, which would then be stress).

A mated pair of dwarf cichlids plus six neons would be a nice community, and for the bottom something like a group of one of the dwarf corydoras, or a single small-species pleco.


d0r0g0 04-06-2010 06:09 PM

Agreed...this might help you out, it's a very useful tool:

I guessed at your filter type, but it's a good place to start.

flyingfox 04-10-2010 04:08 PM

well thanks for the replies,

a bit has changed since, we have dropped to 1 dwarf apisto and have gained a bristlenosed pleco and some more neon tetras, everything appears to be settling in nicely now and we can allow them all to grow up until we can get the larger tank.

thanks again for the advice.


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