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post #1 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
Most interesting/beautiful single fish or pair of fish for a 10 gallon tank

I am thinking about possibly getting a 10 gallon tank for my office sometime in the next year. I am wondering what I could keep as a solo fish, or a pair of fish that would be really interesting that would be content in a 10 gal. Nothing that is likely to bite me please. Fun ideas? Preferably nothing that is already in my signature.

75 g. planted peaceful community of denison barbs, cories, neons, boesemani and turquoise rainbowfish, pearl gourami, ancistrus

35 g. long semi-aggressive community of mature m. lacustris, diamond tetras, golden gourami

36 g. bow with pagai praecox and kamaka rainbowfish.

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post #2 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 05:18 PM
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Someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I've been suggested to keep a pair of blue gularis kilifish in my 10g. They're a smaller species of kilifish so I guess they'd do alright in a 10g?

Other than that I'd say Betta but you already have those
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post #3 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 05:21 PM
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The only thing I can think of besides bettas is a single sparkling gourami(AKA Dwarf Gourami). One male can go in there and they are pretty. I'd recommend the blue ones, either neon or powder...but the choice is fully yours if you go with that, they also come in red. There is also the honey gourami(not to be confused with the gold three-spot gourami). If you go there, you don't want more than one, and you wont want any other fish with them. Ten gallons is a minimum for those.

You could probably get a pair of African Dwarf Frogs in there too, if you wanted. =)



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post #4 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 05:29 PM
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IMO Sylverclaw's idea is better than mine, I'd go with that. :)
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post #5 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 05:32 PM
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IMO Sylverclaw's idea is better than mine, I'd go with that. :)
I have read that ten gallons is considered perfect for a breeding pair of blue gularis kilifish...however, I have no experience with them so I couldn't tell you either way. lol They're pretty, but if you go with that...be sure you do a ton of research first, and above all make sure your tank parameters are right for them. IF I am not mistaken, those are the ones that have very specific parameter requirements with -very- little stray, I could be wrong though.



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post #6 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 06:21 PM
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A pair of apistogramma cacatuoides will work in a 10, and are lookers if you get into the triple reds or some such. Plenty of people have bred apistos in a 10, though a 20 long is a better fit if you harem breed them.
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post #7 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 06:30 PM
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Just a note, Sparkling Gouramis are vastly different from Dwarf Gouramis. There are Dwarf Gouramis (Powder Blues, Flame and Regular) and then there are Honey's which are completely different, smaller and much more passive than Dwarves (Color morphs are Wild type, Golden, Sunset) and then Sparkling and Croaking Gouramis are even small and also very peaceful. More sensitive are the Chocolate Gouramis and the Vaillanti (Samurai) Gourami.

Any of the Apisto's would be great for singles, pairs may be able to fit depending on the type. A single Bolivian Ram may also do.

Gobies would be interesting too.

Most Killifish work great in 10 gallons as well, pretty much any from the Aphyosemion, Epliplaty, or Fundulopanchax would work. Nothobrachius are good too but they are the annual killi's so they only last just about a year but you could get into hatching their eggs, it's pretty simple to do :)

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post #8 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 07:02 PM
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How's your water? Is it soft or hard? What's the pH? This could be an important factor, especially if you're looking at more sensitive species. There's plenty on nice fish for a 10g.
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post #9 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 07:05 PM
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I have a pair of German Blue rams in my 10 gallon. I love them dearly and while they'll breed, they aren't good parents and have eaten every last batch of eggs so far within two days of laying them. A lot of people say they are sensitive but my tank is moderately planted and I do weekly 50% water changes and have had no issue. My water parameters are all out of their "range" as well. I have hard water.
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post #10 of 46 Old 08-14-2014, 07:59 PM
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Pair of peacock gudgeons would be nice. Sorry if already mentioned.

Also on the side note, most of these fish almost require a planted to, show best color, natural behavior, and to be ultimately happy (IME and IMO).
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