Could I add to a 10 gallon...
Hi guys I know I should know this after all these years of fish keeping but I am a firm believer in that if you have doubts ask. LOL I currently have a 10 gallon tank that is really well planted that is home to 6 ember tetras, 2 pygmy corydoras, and 3 coryadorus habrosus, I know that it would be better to have a few more of each of the corys but I can't find them locally and I was lucky to get these and they all swim together and do not act stressed at all. What I would like to know is if I could add a small group of either Boraras Brigittae, or pygmy hatchetfish, or celestial pearl danios.
Amanda, yes to the Boraras or the hatchetfish (Carnegiella myersi). The Danio margaritatus might be troublesome. As noted in our profile, the males can be feisty, and do best with a group of 20 in their own space.
The Boraras brigittae and Ember Tetra are very similar in colouration and might get mixed up; but from my experience with both they will be fine together.
I would suggest 7-9 if Boraras; 6-7 if hatchets. Keep an eye out for more pygmy corys, 3 more would be nice if you can find them.
Do you think the pygmy hatchets would be okay if I have duckweed at the top of the tank? I know they like to stay at the top.
Thanks Byron, I will be sure if I get them to leave at least half of the tank open for them.
Another thing, they are very quick to jump out, even when the top is opened to feed them; several times I have had to pick up fish from the carpet before I could start feeding. And they will find any opening, around filters, heaters, etc; the tank must be very well covered. And care taken at water changes.
You may know all this, but worth mentioning. In the past few months I have managed to lose some of these fellows, even with my vigilance.
Thanks Byron I will be super careful with them the tank is completely covered except when I open the lid to feed the fish so I will be real careful when I feed or do water changes. I have emailed my LFS to see if they have a supplier for them.
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