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jdiaz 11-19-2011 09:52 PM

What Fish should I choose?
 
I just went to petco and got some blue mickey mouse platies http://shop.sweetknowleaquatics.co.u...ouse_platy.jpg (2) and I was realy thinking of getting two buenos aires tetras http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fres...WFCh_C2382.jpg what do you think should I have gotten the tetras or are the platys better choice for the 10 gallon? The new platies are in the 10 gallon along with my two mollies and a swordtail.

librarygirl 11-20-2011 08:24 AM

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Originally Posted by jdiaz (Post 897949)
I just went to petco and got some blue mickey mouse platies http://shop.sweetknowleaquatics.co.u...ouse_platy.jpg (2) and I was realy thinking of getting two buenos aires tetras http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fres...WFCh_C2382.jpg what do you think should I have gotten the tetras or are the platys better choice for the 10 gallon? The new platies are in the 10 gallon along with my two mollies and a swordtail.

Hi, the Tetras would get too large for your tank, so I wouldn't advise those for a 10 gal. The Swordtail too is a bit too large for a 10 gal. How many Platy's did you get? Right now you're overstocked for your tank size. If you can rehome/return all of your fish and research proper stocking for a 10 gal that would be best for your fish as they will outgrow your tank very quickly. Either that or consider upgrading to a much larger tank very soon. Is this tank cycled? What are your ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but for your fish's health it's really best to upgrade tank size or return them.

jdiaz 11-20-2011 09:14 AM

The sword tail is only 1 and a half inches and wont get any bigger than maybe two, the mollies are the same size and so are the platys, two of them. The tank has a 15-20 gallon filter and ammonia remover. The water is crystal clear and the levels of nitrates and ammonia are where they should be. Thanks for letting me know that the tetras will get to big for the tank but with the five fish in there the tank will be fine. My molly is pregnant but there is no problem I have and extra 20 gallon in the basement. My friend had the tank laying around and did not want it so he just gave it to me. The tank was cycled way before I got them and they seem to be doing super good and love that I feed them brine shrimp. My mollies wont even accept the flakes any more lol.

Byron 11-20-2011 12:24 PM

Your tank is way overstocked now and while the fish may now appear OK they are not.

Where are you reading that swordtails only reach 2 inches? The normal adult size is 4-5 inches, and some may reach 6 inches. Assuming they are healthy and in the proper environment (tank size and water parameters). Swordtails should not be in tanks less than 30-inches in length, such as a long 20g or a 29g or up. A 10g is not sufficient size for the swordtail.

Platy attain 2-3 inches and require a 20g minimum tank. Molly attain 3-5 inches and require a 20g at minimum but preferably larger.

Fish can "survive" in smaller tanks but they will not be healthy. It is not only the physical space but also the water conditions in smaller tanks. Both weaken the fish c using health problems that would not otherwise occur and almost always a shorter lifespan.

Your extra 20g should be setup for the common molly and platy. The swordtail should be returned. You will note that the fish names above are shaded; that means they are in the profiles, and if you click on the name you will see the profile for that species. Please have a careful read of their requirements.

Byron.

jdiaz 11-20-2011 12:38 PM

I just set up my 20 and it is a 24 inches long with all the other fish. They seem to be doing good. I also put my 10 gallon filter to work along with the 20 gallon filter. The tank looks empty too even with all the fish giant shell and rocks witch i have added more to hold down the onion.


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