Bottom Feeders For 10 Gallon

  1. Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Hello All!

    So I am currently cycling a new 10 gallon aquarium and want to eventually add either a bottom feeder or a snail (most likely a Nerite). However, I need some help deciding what type of bottom feeders would be suitable for a 10 gallon tank. Thanks!
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Dwarf corydoras would be a good bottom feeder fish. As long as the fish you plan on getting are aggressive.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Is that because the dwarf corydoras are also aggressive?
     


  4. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    Oops! I meant aren’t. sorry.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Oh ok great!
     
  6. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    Actually, all kinds of cories are best for a 20 gallon, even pygmies, because they are so active.

    For bottom feeder, snails, and also shrimp. Let me know if you like the shrimp, I have stocking ideas :)
     


  7. Aureus

    Aureus Valued Member Member

    The footprint of a 10-gallon tank is definitely too small for Corydoras, so I would have to recommend the Nerite snail. They have a relatively small bioload and come in some really pretty colors/designs.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Hmmm.... I haven't even considered shrimp. What would be the benefit of putting a shrimp in the tank over a Nerite? Or is it just personal preference?

    Thanks! Yeah I saw some of the designs on the snails and particularly like the Tiger Nerites.
     
  9. scarface

    scarface Fishlore VIP Member

    I agree with Dwarf Corydoras. Also check out Hara jerdoni, or even Khuli Loaches.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Thanks!
     
  11. Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    The shrimp will be more active. Nerites move very slowly. Nerites would be safer though. Less likely to be attacked.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Thanks! I'm actually thinking about getting a shrimp now. If I wanted could I get both... or are the shrimp and Nerites incompatible?
     
  13. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    I don’t have shrimp, but I have a snail, and they do a great job. So personal preference.
     
  14. Dch48

    Dch48 Well Known Member Member

    You could get more than one shrimp. I would say 3 or 4. Red cherries would be good.

    No compatibility issues that I know of between shrimp and Nerites.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Thanks!

    Oh good... maybe I'll get 1 or 2 shrimp and a snail. I like the diversity!
     
  16. scarface

    scarface Fishlore VIP Member

    If you’re going with dwarf shrimp, then might as well go with at least a dozen, instead of only one or two.
     
  17. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    The shrimp will breed, if they are neocardia, and you could easily do 10.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    A dozen with fish... or just a dozen shrimp for the whole tank? Why is that? Are they better in groups?

    Thanks! Is there a reason you are recommending so many... do they have to be kept in groups or could I just do 1 or 2?
     
  19. bryangar

    bryangar Well Known Member Member

    It also depends on what show piece fish you plan on adding.

    A dozen shrimp will help start a nice colony.
    You can add as many or as little shrimp as you like.
     
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    Franco

    Franco Valued Member Member

    Great! Thank you!