10 gallon stocking

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MrTropics

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Hey guys I haven't really ever been in the fresh water section before but more in the saltwater. I would like to know what my options are for a 10 gallon planted tank. I would perfer more colorful fish if possible. Not very experienced with freshwater fish at all so I need a little advice, but already know about filtration and such. Thanks for your time,
Jayson
 

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I agree, danios are too big and too active. I wouldn't put a school of fish much larger than 1 inch in a 10 gallon tank. Nano fish.

I think there are some micro rasboras that would work, and maybe even celestial pearl danios. Not sure how big they get.
 

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Yellow fork tail rainbows and CPD's I have a 10 like this and with live plants and driftwood it looks awesome. The forktails really like a floating plant and are super active while the CPDs provide a different color in the tank but stay more in the plants relaxing.
 

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Don't forget active.

CPDs would be the only ones I would consider. Aren't they rasboras anyway?
They are danios, I should have been more clear in my first post, I was advising against almost every kind of danio.

Alan, Cpd's aka galaxy rasboras are the only danio I know of thats suitable for a 10g.
 

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Oh okay, I was told by a few different people that Danios and neons are the only choice other than beta for very small tanks, so much information out there it's hard to filter out the wrong stuff! sorry for the bad info!
 

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Hi, Alan

Six Neon Tetras would be okay in a 10 Gallon, but some might disagree. They are active, but not as much as Danios.

But, ideally, the Neons would do a bit better in a 15-20 Gallon (on the minimum schooling number).
 

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I don't mean to be rude, but did you read the thread? We spent the last 10 posts discussing why danios are not appropriate for a 10 gallon tank. Glofish are just genetically modified zebra danios and they're too active for 10 gallons.
 

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10 gallon tanks are always an interesting conundrum - if you stock them conservatively, then you end up with 1 fish or a insubstantial school of micro fish. On multiple occasions, I have consciously and carefully overstocked a 10 gallon tank with good results. The main things to consider when doing this are very frequent water changes (20-30% every 4-5 days) and to closely observe the behavior of your fish and be prepared to make stocking changes quickly if needed. So, if the 10g is your only tank, I would go the conservative route, but if you have other tanks, then why not have a little fun. Here are a few combos that I have either tried successfully or think would be cool:

Option 1:
1 German Blue Ram
6 Cardinal tetras
4 Julie cories

Option 2:
2 apistogramma cacatuoides (pair)
6 harlequin rasboras
4 Julie cories

Option 3:
2 apistogramma agassizzi (pair)
4 Julie cories
3 Amano shrimp

Again, these combos are not for beginners and will work best in a heavily planted setup (lots of hiding places) and frequent water changes
 

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I would be concerned about keeping bottom dwellers like Corys in a heavily planted 10 gallon tank. There is not enough bottom space as it is - heavily planting it will only reduce what little space is there.
 

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Yep. They definitely need room to move around and do their thing. Strategic "path placement" is key. Heavily planted doesn't mean that you have to have a carpet. I have 4 cories in this tank and they are very happy. (This is aforementioned option 3 by the way)
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I have to respectfully disagree. I don't think a GBR belongs in a 10 gallon. Definitely not cardinals; I think neons are too active personally and cardinals are much larger. Yes you can keep a few cories, but then they won't be in a full school, and you're stocking based on your wants over the fishes needs. Additionally!I wouldn't keep a pair of apistos in a 10; 20 preferably but 15 at the least.
 
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