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binaryjripper 04-17-2007 02:19 AM

How many fish?
If you have a 10 gallon tank, how many fish can you put in it? Also is it a good idea to add some bottom feeders like Amano shrimp?

flatcam1 04-17-2007 02:25 AM

What type of fish are you planning to put in it? :D

Also is it a heated tropical tank or coldwater tank?

binaryjripper 04-17-2007 01:11 PM

This is going to be a freshwater tank with a heater for a 10 gallon tank.

Falina 04-17-2007 01:49 PM

a 10g tank is classed as a nano tank, simply because of its small size. in these tanks your choice of fish is very limited. however, you can have up to 10 fish in a tank that size if you go for neon tetras, or minnows for example. these are both attractive fish and they school together which is interesting to watch. you could also have 4-6 guppies which are lovely fish, or some sort of mixture of the two as they will both get along fine together.

if on nthe other hand you prefer bigger showy fish you could consider a betta, male or female thoguh males are showier. they will get along fine on their own and will really stretch out their fins and swim about in a 10g.

as for bottom feeders - i know absolutely nothing about shrimps unfortunately but you could go for 4 cories. these are among my favourite fish as they stay small and are very entertaining to watch, as well as being incredibly cute.

as you can see, how many fish you can have in an "x" gallon tank isnt a question that can be answered simply with a number. it depends entire;y on what fish you want. also how well you will be maintaining your tank and if it is planted or not. well maintained planted tanks always alow for a slightly increased number of fish - but this shouldnt be pushed.

good luck with your tank whatever you choose

binaryjripper 04-17-2007 07:06 PM

So could I have one betta, 2 cories, 4 guppies, and 3 Amano shrimp (which are super small). Plus some plants I have been researching.

Does this sound like a good start?

Falina 04-17-2007 07:19 PM

its not usually recommended that you keep male guppies with bettas as the bettas are often threatened by the guppies fancy tails. imho i wouldnt keep a betta with any other fish other than bottom dwelling fish but many people have had sucess in doing so.

cories also prefer to be in shoals. 4-6 is a good number for a small tank, however if you had 4-6 then you would be best going for just one betta without any other fish perhaps to save you from overstocking

what you have in your tank is entirely up to you, but dont overstock. there are some fish that are just definite no nos when it comes to keeping them together however for the most part, its just a case of what works for an individual. fish, like us are individuals and dont always carry the traits of their breed and so will sometimes get on with other fish, or not get on as the case may be which is typically out of character for that breed. experiment, without doing anything too silly of course. we will try and keep you right when it comes to that. just make sure you are prepared, and have a solution if it doesnt work out like being able to take a fish back, or having another tank set up in case there are peoblems.

good luck :)

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