Everyone's Favorite Stocking Suggestions?

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Okay guys! What is everyone's favorite stocking suggestions for a 10 gallon, fresh water tank for beginners? Reasons why it is your favorite for beginners?

Aaaaannnnd Gooo!
 

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Male guppies, shrimp, and a snail. Guppies come in so many colors and sizes and tail types, shrimp are just plain entertaining (and there are a good few types to choose from, as well!), and snails are cool to watch. If you get them from a good source guppies are very hardy.

Male platys are another good one for beginners, but have a higher bio-load, so you can't put as many. Maybe 2 or 3 platys versus 4 or so guppies, depending on invertebrate tankmate type(s).

A mix of the two can be fun, too.


Of course there's always the standard betta tank, as well, and all of these options, too!

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Dappie said:
Okay guys! What is everyone's favorite stocking suggestions for a 10 gallon, fresh water tank for beginners? Reasons why it is your favorite for beginners?

Aaaaannnnd Gooo!
My #1 favorite beginner fish are Guppies and platies.
 

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Endlers! Very colourful and active and maybe a sparkling or honey gouramI as a centrepiece
 

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I always suggest Mollies, people think 29 gallons is minimum for a tank butttt if it's for a small group it should be fine. Mollies are the best and that is my reason why.
 

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CorI Elizabeth said:
Mollies are the best and that is my reason why.
Sounds reasonable. Good enough for me, lol
 

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While I have kept Mollys in 10 gals I think they really benefit from the space so if possible I would avoid them.
I would go with a 12-14 school of corydoras pygmeus.
 

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BeanFish said:
While I have kept Mollys in 10 gals I think they really benefit from the space so if possible I would avoid them.
I would go with a 12-14 school of corydoras pygmeus.
Not sure about the mollies, but I like how you think concerning the pygmy cories.

Edited because I felt it was straying off topic.
 

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Yep. I love dwarf corydoras, I don't know why, I just find them beatiful, I probably have some torpedo fish fetish LOL. When I got my 36 gal I had to take a troubled desicion, keep a new species of corydoras or get a "giant" (giant relatively because they are in thousands in nature) school of dwarf corydoras, probably around 20 of them. I went with a new species of corydoras just to expand my horizons (cause I plan to breed the new corys).
Also, what I like about dwarf corydoras, specifically the pygmeus ones is that the fishkeeper will know he has done his job in terms of giving them a good home when the fish start to spawn.
 

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Besides a betta, my first freshwater fish were Neon Tetras! They are my favorite little fish.. They swim actively and have bright blue and red bodies. Very easy to maintain and are very hardy.

BeanFish said:
Yep. I love dwarf corydoras, I don't know why, I just find them beatiful, I probably have some torpedo fish fetish LOL. When I got my 36 gal I had to take a troubled desicion, keep a new species of corydoras or get a "giant" (giant relatively because they are in thousands in nature) school of dwarf corydoras, probably around 20 of them. I went with a new species of corydoras just to expand my horizons (cause I plan to breed the new corys).
Also, what I like about dwarf corydoras, specifically the pygmeus ones is that the fishkeeper will know he has done his job in terms of giving them a good home when the fish start to spawn.
Coryadoras are a favorite of mine too!
 

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CorI Elizabeth said:
I always suggest Mollies, people think 29 gallons is minimum for a tank butttt if it's for a small group it should be fine. Mollies are the best and that is my reason why.
My mother's dalmation molly grew to almost 5" in a 29 gallon tank in less than a year. I would not recommend them in a 10 gallon. My 10 gallon houses a male betta and 5 African dwarf frogs. I love the look of bettas in a 10.
 

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brooklynmv said:
Besides a betta, my first freshwater fish were Neon Tetras! They are my favorite little fish.. They swim actively and have bright blue and red bodies. Very easy to maintain and are very hardy.
I wouldn't say that neons are hardy fish. Cardinals are hardier than neons though.
 

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For my 10gal I'm going to do a betta and dwarf shrimp personally, though there's a chance that my betta isn't tank-mate friendly
Think I might go with blue velvet shrimp since my lps has several varieties
Have you found any setups (pet-wise) that you're partial to?
 

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For stocking a ten gallon I would probably go with a school of CPD amd a couple of Asian stone catfish along with a platy or two.
 

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MaddieTaylah said:
I wouldn't say that neons are hardy fish. Cardinals are hardier than neons though.
I'm not sure about across the board but the neons that I've had have been very hardy. Everyone has different experiences with fish though because they are all unique
 

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