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GregV 08-10-2007 03:21 PM

Sugestions on species suitibility for a 10 gallon?
Hi Guys,

my question is, im looking for a species of fish that would be suitable for a 10 gallon, i would like something that i can admire when im up in my room about to sleep or just relaxing.

is there a species like maybe a neon tetra or something that small enough to live well in a tank like this and still be able to be active?

I would appreciate any suggestions,

even maybe like a single centerpiece type fish might be nice.

(Below for those who want to read is a background of myself in the hobby)

i'm new to the Forum, It looks like a great place to get advice.

im 19 and I have been keeping fish for about 4 or 5 years now, and have two tanks a 10 gallon hex i got for graduation and a 55 gallon. In the 55 I have about 7 Electric blue Cichlids (forget the scientific name) and about 12 youngins (the adults reproduce like no other, we just had to give 6 full grown away, because the tank is getting so crowded) 2 electric yellows, a very large pleco who isn't bothered because of his size, and a few redtails that we are storing for friends. all the fish in the tank seem to get along well, except for the odd chase between retails.

I currently have a 10 hex aquarium in my room, right now it has a smaller redtail who was picked on and a small electric blue who just happened to end up with the bigger ones that where stored in the tank earlier. They are about to be moved back to the bigger tank so I would like to figure out what fish would be nice to put in there next

Thank you for your time

fish_4_all 08-10-2007 03:30 PM

A mix of tetras would make for a good color managerie. I have neons and an albnio glo lite and they school together, or at leats did before the tank became so overgrown. I think neons, glo lites and others that stay small would be cool in a 10 gollon and should provide good entertainment.

tophat665 08-11-2007 12:43 AM

In a 10 Gallon Hex, I'd go with a Betta and 5 of the smaller cories, probably C. guapore or C. pygmeus, and an Otto or 2.

Alternately, a pair of Sparkling Gouramis might be neat, maybe with a shoal of Microrasboras. (M. maculatus, f'rinstance).

willow 08-12-2007 05:47 AM

hi and welcome.
i was going to say male guppys,plenty of colour.
however,if you want relaxing,don't know about them then
as they are always on the go.

tophat665 08-12-2007 09:47 AM

Another possibility, if you think you're up to making sure that you always have some pond snails and other live or frozen food on hand, would be a pair or trio of Dwarf Puffers. Just make sure you have no more than one male (neat trick, that).

GregV 08-12-2007 12:56 PM

Are dwarf puffers hard to take care of? ive seen them around and there pretty neat, but never really looked into the species? the other thing is i heard they are agressive, and there isnt much room to run in a 10 gallon.

Will Tetras or rasboras mix well with a male beta? I love the sparkling gouramis but ive never seen them and LFSs around me.

tophat665 08-12-2007 09:12 PM

Dwarf puffers require an absolutely 100% cycled tank. TheWater must be pristine and well filtered. They are messy eaters, so you need to clean up after them regularly. They are very aggressive. It's a 3/4" fish that absultely requires at least 3 gallons of tanks space, more for males. Sooner or later, they will kill any fish put in with them with the exception of ottos (and even ottos will get the occasional nipped fin). DPs will not eat flake or pellet food - it has to be live or frozen. They do eat snails, whole, breaking them out of the shell. They must have snails at least twice weekly because their beaks grow their whole lives, and if they are not worn down with snail shells, eventually they will grow to the point that the puffer cannot eat properly. However, because of the small size of the fish, the snals need to be quite small as well. I have been told that, as a rule of thumb, the size of the puffer's eye. So yes, they can be a little challenging to keep, and they do require a species tank. With that said, google "dwarf puffer" and you'll find whole pages devoted to learning about how to keep them properly.

As for Bettas and small schooling fish, it really depends. Some species of tetra will nip a betta and stress it to death. Some won't. I have hear that neons can go either way. On the other hand, it really depends a lot on the betta. Some of them will share their tank, others will not. If I were going to do this, I would plant one quarter of the tank very heavily, and half the rest a bit more sparsely. I'd go with microraboras or ember tetras if I could lay hands on them because they would have the least issue finding room to swim in a 10 gallon hex, and the least issue with bioload vs school size. Even neons, with 6 of them (a minimum school) probably don't have enough room to swim in a 10 hex.

So if you want to go that way, get the tank cycled and planted, add the tetras or rasboras. Leave them in there for 3 to 6 months, then add a betta. Be prepared to take the betta out and house him separately if he gets aggressive or beaten up. watch him closely for a couple of days. He will chase the little fish for a while. Give them enough foliage to get away from him. It could work out fine, or you might have to try and talk you lFS into trading for a different betta if that one is to intolerant.

That's my 2. Try not to spend it all in one place. :wink:

GregV 08-13-2007 01:32 AM

Wow, ive never seen an ember tetra but they are beautiful for such a small fish! is the ember tetra fairly common I dont see them much.

As for Microrasbora (corected dont i feel dumb :P) is there a colourful species that looks nice? or are they mostly plan like most of the pictures i see of them?

I think a school of embers would be great for the 10 gallon! maybe with a pair of Sparkling guaramis or Dwarf goramis (Do they work well in a 10?) as the centerpeice?

my problem is the selection of species in my area is rather sparse, most stores only carry the popular well known species at substandard care, when i buy them i have to be careful and nurse them back to heath. The one shop that does carry a decent stock is very small, and they took stick to the popular stuff.

Lupin 08-13-2007 01:42 AM


Originally Posted by GregV
Wow, ive never seen an ember tetra but they are beautiful for such a small fish! is the ember tetra fairly common I dont see them much.

Depends on the Law of Supply and Demand. I find them uncommon though compared to several tetras that I had kept.

As for microrasenbra's is there a colourful species that looks nice? or are they mostly plan like most of the pictures i see of them?
Microrasbora would be the correct spelling.:) Sawbwa resplendens are quite nice but are not very common so you have to watch out for stocks.

GregV 08-14-2007 12:31 AM

I saw someones 5 gallon hex tank and I really liked it, It had 2 beta's both female.

I have kept betas before, but I was wondering if A male and 2 females would do alright in a 10 gallon hex in your opinion? i know 2 females most likely wouldn't have a problem,

but i know males will harass a female, will haveing more then 1 female deter this at all?

I think it would be also neat to try and breed them thats why im wondering about this setup, because i could also have the 2 females chillin in the 10 and put the beta in the 35 until they are ready to breed.

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