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LongTimeAquarist 06-23-2014 02:44 AM

Adding to the Bottom of a 10g Tank
Next week I'm going to add some critters for the bottom of my 10g tank, and right now I've got a couple of combo ideas since one of them depends on the store I'm ordering them from has what I want. One combo is a school of oto catfish, 3 or 4, and 5 or 6 cherry red shrimp. Another combo is 3 or 4 Amano Shrimp and 3 or 4 corys, depending on which ones would be the right size for a 10g tank.

What have in the 10g now are:

1x Male Betta
1x Rainbow Platy
4x Harlequin Rasboras

The betta I just bought, and he is barely half the size of my pinky finger, and chances are, he will leave the shrimp alone since they would be almost the same size as him at the moment, and after a while, probably wouldn't care about the shrimp after a while, kind of like my last one, which I've kept in a 20g tank and he left my ghost shrimp and nerite snails alone.

The Rainbow Platy is a female and an unexpected move because she gave birth to some fish fry over a week ago and had to relocate to avoid an encore, especially since I have three other platys and they are all male.

If anybody can give me suggestions on what kind of shrimp or snails to add to the 10g, feel free, just please suggest something other than the ones I have in the 20g because I have a tendency mix n' matching everything, but have enough sense when it comes to making sure that the fish would be both comfortable and off the menu of another.

TangibleTetra 06-23-2014 11:29 AM

Those sound like some great combinations of fish :) Although I wouldnt add that many fish to your tank, it could quickly get crowded. Maybe just a group of the oto catfish would be best. Especially with that betta, they are naturally agressive fish. Over stocking your tank will make it much worse. I think with cover you could add your catfish in there. Or the shrimp, whatever you think would be best :P Anyways, good luck. Remember the rule, 1 inch of fish per gallon. (your betta will get bigger and with that may become agressive)

LongTimeAquarist 06-23-2014 12:35 PM

Bettas mainly get aggressive with each other or anybody that comes close to looking like a betta. Otherwise they become peaceful towards other fish and swim by them without a care. Otos on the other hand, the hardest thing about them is trying to buy them before the store runs out.

TangibleTetra 06-23-2014 04:12 PM

Makes sense. Any other kinds you could get then? Other then the oto's? If so, could do that.

LongTimeAquarist 06-23-2014 06:16 PM

Right now it would depend on which fish would be a descent enough size for a 10g tank. I know there are pygmy corys, but the problem is that not many places sell them. I would like to buy Amano shrimp, but they are as hard to buy as the Oto catfish.

TangibleTetra 06-23-2014 06:45 PM

Have you tried online? Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums is an awesome place. If you didnt want to get some online, which is understandable, could you possible ask the pet store to ship some in for you? Im sure they could.

LongTimeAquarist 06-23-2014 07:07 PM

All the nearest pet stores are a couple of hours away in the next town, and two of them are PetSmart and PetCo, and they don't deliver anything living through the mail. The rest are mainly local in that town. I've done Liveaquaria before, and while they do a decent job, the main flaw with them is the minimum order requirement where I would have to order more fish to get one order shipped, which would be pushing it if both of my tanks have reached maximum potential or just about to. While they have both the critters I'm looking for, the sad thing is by the time I get the money I need to get either a few oto or Amano shrimp, they would probably be sold out on both, which would be just my luck. Plus I'm planning to buy a couple of Moss Balls for my 20g tank, and you have to pay two separate S&H charges for the fish and plant.
Right now I'm looking into Petsolutions where there is no minimal requirement on orders, you can order both fish and plants in one order to where you get them both on the same day and pay one S&H charge. Downside is they don't have much variety as LiveAquaria and a good portion of their inventory is gone.
Talk about being in a real pickle.

TangibleTetra 06-23-2014 08:38 PM

No way, that is a pickle... Not sure what else to recomend :P Hopefuly petsolutions has something for you, im not really sure what a S&H is, tax i assume? But if you were willing to wait, maybe you could and then see if they have what you want in stock later. Thats if they dont have them now

LongTimeAquarist 06-23-2014 08:43 PM

S&H as in shipping and handling, that annoying little thing they charge when you order something. And the thing about petsolutions is that I have never see them completely full, at least when it comes to livestock, since they ship fish, inverts, lizards and a few other critters.

TangibleTetra 06-24-2014 07:19 AM

Oh gotcha ok, ya i know what that is. Hmmm, could always try though.

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