Fish grouping options for a 10 gallon

elowyn
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Hi everyone!

I have been wanting to start a 10-gallon tank setup for a while now. The equipment I have as of right now are: (mostly from Amazon) Seachem fish tank stabilizer for freshwater aquariums, Seachem Prime Freshwater Conditioner, Seachem StressGuard Slime Coat Protection - Stress and Toxic Ammonia Reducer, IREENUO Aquarium Air Pump, NICREW Fish Tank Clip-on Aquarium Light, BOEESPAT Aquarium Heater, Submersible Aquarium Internal Filter, Freshwater Aquarium Test Kit, and Fluval Plant/Shrimp Stratum. I am waiting to purchase decorations in store so I can pick the correct ones (most of the reviews on Amazon claimed that the decorations were too sharp and were ripping fish fins) and live plants based on which fish I choose for the tank. If there is anything I may be missing out of this list, please let me know!! I plan to let the tank cycle for 4-6 weeks and testing the water before adding any fish.

I've done some research on different fish options for a ten-gallon tank. I am worried about having too many fish for the size of the 10-gallon tank and the requirements of grouping for specific types of fish (like schooling fish? you know when there is supposed to be a certain amount of them together to be happy).

I am interested in getting ghost shrimp with all of these options. However, I have no idea how many ghost shrimp you are supposed to/can have together!! I have also read that they can live up to a year- but sometimes just die. How many ghost shrimp would you suggest getting?

The first group option is common mollies, dwarf gouramis, and ghost shrimp. I have read that they can get along, but I believe that they swim at the same level in the tank. If this were a good match, how many of each? One article suggested four common mollies and two dwarf gouramis, but is that amount too many in a ten-gallon?

The second group option is dwarf gouramis, otocinclus catfish, and ghost shrimp. This was also a grouping suggestion, like 2 dwarf gouramis and 4 otocinclus catfish. Is that too many? And the Otocinclus catfish and ghost shrimp are on the same level- at the bottom of the tank. Will they compete with each other or will the catfish kill the ghost shrimp?

The third group options were female platy (I read males were aggressive and they reproduce very quickly- I am not interested in breeding. Can you only have females or should there be one male?) with gouramis OR mollies, and ghost shrimp. Any suggestions on this match-up?

Thank you for taking the time to answer! I am just trying to become as knowledgeable as possible to set up a good tank and am a beginner for anything over 5 gallons. (I've only ever had a singular beta fish before!)

-Elowyn
 
Ghelfaire
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I would skip the dwarf gourami and mollies, they get too big/and or are too active for a 10g.

If you want a schooling fish I would suggest ember tetras, chili rasboras, or normans lampeye killifish. All these fish should work with ghost shrimp.
 
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elowyn
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Ghelfaire said:
I would skip the dwarf gourami and mollies, they get too big/and or are too active for a 10g.

If you want a schooling fish I would suggest ember tetras, chili rasboras, or normans lampeye killifish. All these fish should work with ghost shrimp.
Yay! Thank you! Do you suggest just having one type of schooling fish and the shrimp?
 
Ghelfaire
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Yes, fish are happier with their own species, and all these guys are small enough for a proper school of at least 6
 
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elowyn
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Ghelfaire said:
Yes, fish are happier with their own species, and all these guys are small enough for a proper school of at least 6
Thank you so much for your insight! I appreciate it!
 
Ghelfaire
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elowyn said:
Thank you so much for your insight! I appreciate it!
No problem, there's a ton of namo fish that you can look into. Those just happen to be my 3 favourites
 
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