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tf1265 07-27-2011 11:27 AM

Stocking Help!

I am relatively new to fresh water aquariums. I have 2 aquariums and several fish, and several fish ideas. I'm hoping for some help/guidance/advice on how I can use the tanks and fish I already have and add the fish I want in the way that is healthiest for all the fish.

Here is what I have:

2 x 10 gallon tanks, planted, filtered, cycled
5 neon tetras
3 peppered cory catfish
1 panda cory catfish
1 mystery snail

**I had 2 panda cories, but one died. I have the survivor in with the 3 peppered cories, he seems to be doing OK but isn't nearly as active as the other 3.

Right now I have the neons in one tank, and the cories and snail in the other tank.

I would like to add:

zebra danios
another panda cory (since the remaining guy seems a little lonely)
a female betta to one tank
another snail for the other tank

I need some help figuring out if this is possible or if i'll be massively overstocking. The zebras I know like to be kept in schools, but can they be OK in groups of 3?

I'm thinking:

Tank A - 3 danios, 3 peppered cories, mystery snail
Tank B - 5 neons, 2 panda cories, female betta, mystery snail

Is this the best way to divide fish? If the zebras won't work, any alternative suggestions for sizeable fish (I love my neons, but they seem tiny) that would work better?

ladayen 07-27-2011 12:02 PM

Keep the cories all together in one tank, maybe with the neons. Forget the danios, they need at least a 20g tank.

Basically you could set up one tank with the neons, the cories and the snails. It would be overstocked so you would have to do more frequent water changes however.

You could do the second tank with a few female betta's. Or you could divide it and do 2 males, or one male one female.

In all honesty though I would see about getting a 20g+ if possible. The larger tanks are less susceptible to ammonia spikes and you have more options.

Calmwaters 07-27-2011 12:04 PM

I would not do Danios as they will get to big for your tanks. Have you considered Ember Tetra, mosquito rasbora, or perhaps sparkling gourami as an option they are very pretty and will do well in a 10 gallon tank. Also I would not divide the corys they fill saver in groups.

tf1265 07-27-2011 12:06 PM

Yeah the danios I know are iffy in a 10 gallon, lots of conflicting advice on minimum tank size for them. I really just want 1 female betta, I don't want to try to a sorority.

Any advice on how to use both my tanks rather than just overstock the one? Tanks are understocked with the fish I currently have in each of them. What besides danios might work to ad some movement mid-tank or surface level with the catfish?


tf1265 07-27-2011 12:08 PM

Thanks! I don't think I have seen any of those in ay of my area petstores except maybe the rasboras you mention. I'll look into those!

Byron 07-27-2011 01:05 PM

There are many fish suitable for a planted 10g. We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page takes you there. Look under Cyprinids, and Characins. Minimum tank size is given for each species, along with any special needs, and compatibility.

The only "danio" suitable for a 10g is one of the dwarf species, a couple are in the Cyprinids. Many of these "dwarf" fish will be less often encountered in the main stores, and more likely to be imported by true "fish" stores. There are also some online fish places, that are worth considering if you live in the continental USA.


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