Stocking for a 10 gallon
Next week I want to get a start on my tank. I have a 10 gallon sitting on my desk with 3 albino corys in it. I need some ideas of the right tank mates. I used to have a betta with them but I want to try something new now.
I have been struggling with algae problems, I have finally got that under control and I am just ready to try maybe a community tank. I do have experience with tanks. I also have a 55 gallon that has a mix of large Angels and Gouramis with some larger tetra species.
10 gallon tank
Black sand bottom
Aquaqueen Quiet flow Filter 20
Heated to about 78-82
Does anyone have any ideas of some fish that would work for my tank?
I attached a photo also, like I said I no longer have the betta, but otherwise I have the same plants except the pink one on the left side.
Sorry the filter is a Aqueon Filter Quiet Flow 10. My ipod did an autocorrection just noticed it.
For a 10g, the best effect is achieved with the smaller fish species. One can get quite a lot of fish in a fairly small space and this can provide more interest. Water parameters are important, as many of these fish will be wild caught. If you could post the hardness (of the tap water) and the pH, I might have some ideas. The existing corys will be fine with whatever fish I might suggest.
I recommend harlequin Rasbora, they schoal nicely and are fun to watch! Just make sure that the pellets/wafers you feed your Corys are big enough, I had a problem with small pellets as the Harley's kept eating them off the ground ha.
The hardness of the water is reading as a 6 on the test strip.
Rest of the water parameters are good. I am used an API master test kit.
I did add some Dwarf Grass and I believe Bacopa today.
That water is on the soft side, meaning the pH will acidify as the tank matures, so there are some neat fish possible. Have a look in the profiles at these:
Boraras maculatus [there are, as mentioned there, 6 species in this genus]
Trigonstigma species, Reece mentioned the Harlequin and there is the similar but slightly smaller Lambchop Rasbora and Hengels Rasbora.
Some killifish (none in our profiles, yet)
I know the local aquarium store near me carries the ember tetras and pencil fish along with pygmy hatchet fish.
I will take a look at those.
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