Friends WAY Overstocked 10 gallon

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by gourami88, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. gourami88

    gourami88Valued MemberMember

    I have a friend who has always told me about her fish in the huge planted tank for at least a year, but today was the first time i'd been over to her house and was able to get a look at them (i was excited about it because i love planted tanks and was curious to see what she had done with hers). I was horrified! Her "huge" tank was a 10 gallon. She had 2 live plants in black sand (they looked aweful). But the worst part was the fish.

    In her 10 gallon she has:
    ~5 glolight zebra danios
    ~10 guppies (5 male/5 female)
    ~7 adult bronze cories
    ~male DG
    ~gold dojo loach
    ~female cockatoo dwarf cichlid about a jaw dropper. I've immediately told her everything that was wrong and told her that she needed more acceptable stock options for the tank. She is VERY resistant to the idea of getting rid of any of the fish, but said she might if I can give her a stock list of fish that she likes. In which case she would give me her fish and I could seperate them into my tanks where they will fit properly and she will get the new stock.

    Here is where you come in. She isn't interested in just seeing a list of possible inhabitants. She wants several stocking scenarios. For example, not just neon tetras, but a full stock list. So if you have any full stock list ideas PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post them here! I will see her again on Monday and I would like to have as many stocking scenarios as possible to increase the chances she'll find one she likes.
  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    Hummmm. Here's some ideas I have using as many of her current fish as possible.

    List #1:
    6 neon tetras
    2 male guppies
    1 DG
    6 RCS or ghost shrimp

    List #2:
    6 Cestial pearl danio
    1 DG
    2 Platy
    6 shrimp (same as above)

    List #3:
    6 Micro rasboras
    2 Male guppy
    1 DG
    6 shrimp

    List #4 (my favorite):
    6 Boraras Brigittaes
    2 Male guppies
    10 Blueberry shrimp
    TONS of plants!

    I'm sure I can think of more..
    List #4:
  3. Kent799New MemberMember

    I personally wouldn't put a DG in a 10 gallon tank. They can become very aggressive if not provided with enough room and having 8 other fish in a 10 gallon tank with them will do that. So I'd take the DG off the above lists.

    If she ends up being into the DGs in a 10 gallon I'd do...

    One Dwarf Gourami
    Three Small Bottom Feeders

    Other options:

    Three Balloon Mollies
    Three Small Bottom Feeders

    Three Platies
    Three Small Bottom Feeders

    Six small schooling fish of her choice. To name just a few:
    -Neon Tetra
    -Diamond Head Tetra
    -Rummynose Tetra
    -Cherry Barb

    Should could get away with adding a guppy or balloon molly or a Platy to the six small schooling fish.

  4. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    *eye twitch*

    I like all of e_watson's stocking ideas.

  5. LyndaB

    LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    Thank you for trying to teach your friend..... even at the expense of putting all of us into myocardial infarction.....

    10 gallon miniature paradise

    10 ember tetras
    5 pygmy corys
    20 red cherry shrimp
    3 nerite snails
  6. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I'd reduce the number of shrimp (because they'll breed like rabbits), and add more Cories. I could be biased on the Cory situation, though ;D

    Besides that, Pygmy Cories like to be in larger groups. You could get away with 5 or 6 in a 10 gallon.

    I also feel like the 3 Nerites would have too much competition between each other with algae. They need a constant supply of it, and don't seem to take veggies or prepared foods (IME). So maybe just one of those.
  7. GradSchoolZombie87

    GradSchoolZombie87Valued MemberMember

    Holy moly! It may not be an overstocked bioload but in terms of space it's a time bomb. You've got some territoral ones in there.
  8. iZaO JnrWell Known MemberMember

    Bioload, space and compatibility are all topped...

    I agree with e_watson... those are great lists and will look great
  9. OP

    gourami88Valued MemberMember

    Since I last posted she surrender the female cockatoo cichlid, the gold dojo loach, the 7 cories and the 5 female guppies. Right now they are in a 30 gallon QT tank. I still let her know her stock was a bit much, and the DG would much rather have larger quarters. I am going to be heading over there tonight and I will take your suggestions. I appreciate every ones help and will let y'all know how it goes.
  10. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    I would not put balloon mollies, rummynose tetras, or cherry barbs in a 10 gallon. Not sure about the diamond heads as I'm not familiar with them.
  11. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    Umm my idea:

    6 male endlers
    10 blue pearl shrimp
    Purple mystery snail

    QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe gourami could tell her friend to use e_watsons ideas. I really like them. But maybe she could switch the DG for a pair of honeys?
  13. jerilovesfrogs

    jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    so ok here.....

    1 honey gourami or several sparkling gouramis
    5 espei rasboras
    nerite snails/some kind of shrimpy/1 or 2 dwarf orange crayfish
  14. OP

    gourami88Valued MemberMember

    That may be one she'll go for. I never thought of the DOC's but I think she will really love the idea!
  15. jerilovesfrogs

    jerilovesfrogsFishlore VIPMember

    CPO actually stands for dwarf orange cray....seems weird, but it is the scientific name that is shortened. just a little info :) they are really awesome. i love mine. and they don't eat plants....or disturb much of anything.
  16. Heather12404Valued MemberMember

    CPO's are awesome. I highly recommend them.
  17. Kent799New MemberMember


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