Is this too much? If it is still murky in a day or so you can do a partial water change if you want. @Roz. One of the most enjoyable things about starting a new aquarium is designing your new setup. Unfortunately, with a tank this small, there is also the possibility of making some serious mistakes. Also, is it okay to mix species of cories? Also, do we need to replace those cories? You’re now ready to add fish to your tank; it is important that you only add a few at a time so that they do not produce too much waste for the bacteria to handle. Good morning, I currently have 4 neon tetras and 2 blue dwarf gourami in a 10 gallon tank. In a small tank they will need to be trimmed back to avoid them taking over. If not, check with other pet stores in the area to see if they can help you re-home them. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on July 27, 2017: Hi Shanna. Not sure what else I will stock it with 🙂 It is probably less work to have a bigger tank, but this has kept me busy during my seasonal depression and im really quite enjoying getting to learn all of the new things. Both are schooling fish, and so you'd need 5-6 of each. Thanks! There are a few more things you should think about though. You will need to find a hood that fits this tank. Best Aquarium Filter for 10, 30 and 55-Gallon Fish Tanks Learn how to choose the best aquarium filter for your 10, 30 or 55-gallon fish tank, plus understand the three types of filtration. Thanks. @Roz: Otos eat algae. If you feel you have a good plan you can always give it shot and see how it goes. They start out as cute little three-inch fish and end up in some kid's 10-gallon tank because they are so cool. So how are you supposed to know which fish to choose for your 10-gallon tank? I did some research and figured I would get Kuhli Loaches, Oto Catfish, and maybe 1-2 Dinosaur Eels. Can I fit two Pictus catfish in it? I have lots of plastic and live plants. I was thinking about adding a cory catfish to catch the food going to the bottom of the tank. Ours is male.. female best for the second? I think you're on the right track there. Fish waste releases ammonia into the water. Any no-nos or conflicts in our choices? This 10-gallon aquarium is perfect for beginners who want to start keeping fish. They'll make some impact on the algae, but you're still going to have to do most of the work yourself to keep it clean. Good luck! The other fish I would consider for a 10-gallon tank is a dwarf gourami. The Guppy fish needs no introduction, if you are into the aquarium and fish business, this name shouldn’t come as a surprise, very attractive, the Guppy Fish like the Platy Fish is easy to care for. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 04, 2020: @Rutherford - They should not conflict with each other but it comes down to whether you have the right tank size and setup. We were looking at a cherry barb? the planted tank has been running for about 4 months now so its well cycled and the plants are growing well and some (dwarf grass hairs, moss plants) have runners growing and spreading out. That being said, if you have the dedication to regularly maintain the tank then it is suitable for anyone, beginner or expert. But Bala sharks grow a foot long and need to be kept in schools. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on February 23, 2019: @Red - I think you are okay with your fish or any listed above in a half moon. Make sure to add the decorations first so that you are not surprised by the height of the water’s surface once the decorations displace the water. Hello , I have a 10 gallon tank with now 5 guppies , 1 African dwarf frog, 1 glofish & a suckerfish- to help keep the tank clean. You can always float the betta in the tank while you're adding the new roomies as well, and maybe even re-arrange the tank some so that established territories are no longer a thing for the betta to fight over. Hit or miss with the shrimp and I would opt for a horned nerite than an apple, as snails definitely have a quite a large bio-load for their size. Good luck! Fishkeeping world was created by a school of fish fanatics. Black aquarium stand fits 30, 38, and 45 gallon tanks. Hey, I have 7 guppies in my 10 gallon tank and they have been doing great for a couple weeks now. Remove the bag without introducing any of its water to your tank as it might contain pollutants or diseases. You research the fish you are interested in, and learn as much about them as you can. Some are semi-aggressive, like the sharks, and some may nip fins if they are stessed, like the tetras. A quick search of their max size and care requirements can save you from major problems. Is there a certain amount of fish I should start with? We are in the process of setting up a 10 gallon freshwater tank for my 3.5 year old. The following fish are good choices for your 10-gallon aquarium. They're hard-working little bottom feeders. Whatever you choose, do you research beforehand so you know they are appropriate for the tank you have as well as good tankmates for whatever else is in the tank. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on January 31, 2017: @Tim. But this other glofish seems pretty calm. They are schooling fish and best kept in groups of six or more. Should I stick to 6 cories, 4-6 guppies or tetras, and 2 draft gourami? Can I add anything else or is this too much? So I want a 10-gallon and want to stock these: 4 kuhli loaches, 2 figure 8 puffers, 2 pleco, and maybe some other small fish. A ten gallon planted set up would be most ideal for these guys as stated. Everyone is happy. By the way, there are ways to deal with algae without resorting to chemicals: https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquariums/Aquarium-Alg... Hi Richard. The point is, don't rely on the staff at the fish store to tell you what is right. If you’re looking for a quality tank that is completely customizable in terms of adding all your own equipment and creating the ideal set up for your fish, this tank is best.eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'fishkeepingworld_com-large-mobile-banner-1','ezslot_3',115,'0','0'])); It comes with both a sturdy glass aquarium and an eco-hood. Glowlight tetra are not good for a ten gallon? They are not appropriate, and they can potentially devastate any tropical fish you already own. I made a bad choice by going to Walmart to get fish advise about what fish gets along with who and what not and ended up with 1 angelfish,2 Redtail Sharks,and a black molly. I like the idea of variety... we plan on possibly upgrading if all goes well.. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on March 18, 2017: Hi Will. Our birthday boy (turning 8) asked for an aquarium for his birthday so we started a 10gallon yesterday. Copyright © 2021 - Fishkeeping World - All Rights Reserved. If you are a newbie to fish keeping you may want to check out this article on the Best Tropical Fish for Beginners. You can easily fit all the decorations one would want in this 5 gallon tank. These guys do best in schools of 4+ and in a footprint of a 20USG long or more. :) They can definitely go into community tanks, the color of the fish doesn't matter but rather the fin length and aggression level of the other fish. Eric Dockett (author) from USA on March 28, 2017: @Amanda: If you go for cherry barbs I'd think about a school of 5 or 6. . They are fast-moving, powerful fish that are easily startled, and there are even rumors of spooked adult Bala sharks cracking aquarium glass. Could two of those possibly work? How about one nine-inch fish and a one-inch fish? As for which fish, you have a lot of choices. However, if you were talking about a long tank, they are more shallow and often better suited to specific species. I'd go 10 gallons or bigger for them. Like the green spotted puffer, make sure you do your research before committing to keeping an oscar! That makes enough sense, but what if you choose a pair of five-inch fish for your 10-gallon tank? Should I get more glowlights they seem hardy compared to others. Good luck! ill the gourami eat the Neons or guppies. The cories are easy but it would be smart to do some research of ADFs before purchasing. First, great point about the real estate issue. Next to the betta fish, the Bala shark is possibly the most abused aquarium fish out there. Good luck! 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