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FuulieQ 01-16-2011 10:18 PM

Ten gallon aquarium stocking suggestions?
 
I know a ten gallon is rather small, but it's the biggest I can do at the moment.

I plan on making this a heavily planted tank, low-medium light. I'd like it to be relatively low upkeep, since I'm fairly new to most fish species. I currently keep one betta in a 5 gallon planted tank with two otocinclus catfishes and four dwarf frogs in another five gallon.

The dwarf frogs and possibly the otocinclus will be going into the ten gallon.

LazyLazyFish 01-17-2011 12:24 AM

Well if the tank is heavily planted, a few platy would do well. They're very hardy so a new tank wouldn't be too bad on them. Pretty easy to care for.

fish joey 01-17-2011 07:40 AM

In my small tank ....I have neon tetras , celestial pearl danios and otos.....

burnsbabe 01-17-2011 09:04 AM

You've said that you want to move the frogs to the 10g. Why don't you start by suggesting what you think you'd like to stock with besides them and we'll work from there? It's hard to suggest what you should stock without knowing at least a bit about what you do or don't want out of these fish.

FuulieQ 01-17-2011 03:20 PM

Well, I'd basically like something that would be in the middle-top area of the tank, since the frogs and otos are both largely bottom dwellers. I also like unique fish, fish with personality, or fish that look unusual.

I was thinking about getting some furcata rainbows. They're adorable! I just don't know much about their 'personalities', so to speak, or if they would be okay in a ten gallon.

It doesn't have to be a schooling fish, either.

As a sidenote, I don't really like tetras. Not sure why, but I really don't. Danios might be cool.

Calmwaters 01-17-2011 03:42 PM

If your water suits them and you can find them a pair of sparkling gourami and a small group of ember tetras would be nice.

Christople 01-17-2011 04:49 PM

As an alternitive I like guppies more then platies .

burnsbabe 01-17-2011 08:45 PM

Danios need more room than that. I like the Sparkling Gourami idea. But you can't put any other type of gourami in there.

FuulieQ 01-18-2011 10:17 PM

Okay, sparkling gourami.... That sounds cool, I'll do some research. I would get a pair? Does the gender of the pair matter? And will they eventually outgrow the tank?

Similar upkeep to other anabantoids like bettas, right? And how should I go about testing my water?

Byron 01-19-2011 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by FuulieQ (Post 563745)
Okay, sparkling gourami.... That sounds cool, I'll do some research. I would get a pair? Does the gender of the pair matter? And will they eventually outgrow the tank?

Similar upkeep to other anabantoids like bettas, right? And how should I go about testing my water?

We have fish (and plant) profiles here, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top. When you see a fish or plant name shaded in posts, it means you can click on the name to see that profile. In each fish profile, it includes information on the numbers to have for that species, minimum tank size, suitable companions, maximum fish size when mature, and preferred water parameters. Have a look at the Sparkling Gourami, you will note it is best with a group; and yes, it is an anabantoid so that tells you a few things it will need, like floating plants.

Something that hasn't come up yet in this thread is water parameters. Some fish are adaptable, some have more specific needs. Livebearers for instance do not fare well in soft, acidic water, and require basic harder water. Some of the soft acidic water fish can adapt to basic water within limits, some cannot. Knowing your tap water parameters (hardness is more important than pH in this) may help you to decide where to be looking for suitable fish species. There are many that will suit a 10g if it is soft water, and several if it is hard water, and several can adapt to moderately hard.

You can find out about your tap water from your water supply people; some have websites with posted analysis of water, or they should be able to tell you the hardness and pH range. As for your aquarium, a liquid (as opposed to strip) test kit is a good investment. API make a "master" kit containing tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate; these are the basics and all you really need. Find out about your tap water first, as it is far simpler to select fish suited to your available water than it is to alter the water.

Byron.


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