10 gallon AFD and what else?
As some of you know yesterday I set up a 10 gallon tank for 2 african dwarf frogs, I tried to put one of my bettas in there but he started picking on them so I removed him. Now I am wondering what I should use as a bottom feeder. I am not planning on adding any other fish unless its corys or otos. I am trying to decide between corys, shrimp, or mystery snail. The tank has 2 kind of big Amazon Swords, a biggish bunch of anacharis, a small bunch of dwarf baby tears. I am also open to other suggestions that I may have not thought of. My ph is around 6.8-7 and the hardness is around 6.
Are you aware that dwarf frogs qualify as bottom feeders? Many people run into conflict, especially in small tanks, when all of the animals occupy the same territory and compete for food in the same areas of the tank. For that reason I would avoid adding more bottom feeding animals to this tank. (if this were a larger tank it would be easier to accommodate more bottom feeding animals)
In regards to the snail... with the live plants you have in there, I would avoid that species of snail... it will devour plants quickly. If a snail is something you desire it would be more appropriate to work with something like a nerite snail or 2, which will not harm the plants. 1 otto would be a limit in a 10 gallon tank, but that is also an option. Ghost shrimp could be eaten, as I have witnessed some dwarf frogs that find ghost shrimp as a tasty treat when they can catch them, so I would avoid small species of shrimp that spend a great deal of time on the bottom where the frogs reside. Ammano shrimp would be a better/safer option, but I would not add an ammano shrimp AND an otto, as they will ultimately end up competing for food where limited supply will be present.
Other options would be a small school of any of the smaller tetras, (waiting until the tank is well established and cycled before attempting anything sensitive such as neons) small rasbora species, a trio of live bearers (not including sailfin mollies) or a small school of the smaller species of rainbow fish (such as threadfin, signifur, or any of the other "blue eyed" rainbows that stays small)
Hope this helps.
yeah the shrimps make tasty treats for larger frogs and the plants treats for most snails..ottos rule in my opinion..they stay small dont harass other fishes or plants and there are several types available..if you go against the advice as mentioned before me and get corys make sure you get a sinking food to acomidate both animals..and dont forget the small loaches like sidthamunki or kuhli ...ADIOS...
The threadfins are stunning and they have them at the LFS but in the profile it says they need a minimum of 20 gallons. I am just going to keep this tank for the frogs and maybe add one or two more. They seem much more relaxed and active with out fish in the tank.
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