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Lisalis 06-11-2010 09:06 AM

10 gallon hex.....good for guppies???
 
Hi there I am currently cycling a 10 gal hex. Would this be suitable to have fancy guppies in? I have heard negative things about hex tanks and it formerly housed a betta.
What about a cleaning crew? Snails? Are there any small cats or plecos that don't need to be in a school?

TexasTanker 06-11-2010 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Lisalis (Post 402371)
Hi there I am currently cycling a 10 gal hex. Would this be suitable to have fancy guppies in? I have heard negative things about hex tanks and it formerly housed a betta.
What about a cleaning crew? Snails? Are there any small cats or plecos that don't need to be in a school?

Guppies would do fine in that set up. I wouldn't put more than 3 in there however, and maybe a mystery snail. Another stocking option would be six or seven neon tetra with a mystery snail.

If you get guppies you'd be best served with all one sex, since your stocking capacity/bioload doesn't allow for much space for babies.

Lisalis 06-11-2010 04:06 PM

hmmm...
 
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Originally Posted by TexasTanker (Post 402464)
Guppies would do fine in that set up. I wouldn't put more than 3 in there however, and maybe a mystery snail. Another stocking option would be six or seven neon tetra with a mystery snail.

If you get guppies you'd be best served with all one sex, since your stocking capacity/bioload doesn't allow for much space for babies.


So I guess being a hex the whole inch per gallon rule doesn't apply?

Byron 06-11-2010 07:14 PM

This "rule" is seldom accurate. It can be somewhat useful to guide beginners with small fish (tetras, corys, guppies) but if you think about it--12 1-inch tetras and one 12-inch oscar are two very different things with respect to their impact on the bio load.

The reason taller tanks are sometimes more difficult has to do with surface area. The volume in a 10g hex and 10g normal may be the same, but the surface area is very different; and it is at the surface that the gaseous exchange takes place--oxygen enters the water and CO2 is driven off. Then there is the natural behaviour of the fish. Fish that like to swim need length, not height; zebra danios for instance are active swimmers and should not be in a tall tank but always the longest possible to provide swimming distance. Quiet sedate fish tend to do well in taller tanks, like angels (though not in a 10g, this is just as an example of fish behaviours).

I always suggest that building up a community of fish requires fish that are compatible, and that has several aspects all equally important. They should have identical or near-identical requirements respecting water parameters (pH, hardness, temperature), environment (plants, rock, wood, type of substrate), filtration (some need more water movement, others need little or none), light--and I haven't even mentioned behaviours yet. Iamntbatman has a good article on this as a "sticky" at the head of this section, for ease here is the direct link:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...tocking-38626/

It's all in there.

Byron.

TexasTanker 06-11-2010 07:21 PM

Inch per gallon is a guideline more than a rule. Bio load is the "rule" that applies. Guppies have higher bioloads than some of the other small size fish. Even using the inch per gallon rule, Guppies reaching up to 2.5 inches, that's four fish, not including a mystery snail.

Lisalis 06-12-2010 12:44 AM

Thanks for all of the advice...I may just go with the smaller tetras....I wasn't quite sure if the snail would count either...i guess if it eats its gotta poop...LOL...I definitely want to get more corys....i love them!

Lisalis 06-12-2010 12:50 AM

I definitely want an airstone...does this increase the number of fish that could be housed?

TexasTanker 06-12-2010 01:27 AM

doubtful. increasing your filtration would allow for a couple extra.


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