Funnest fish to watch?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by s2c2, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. s2c2Valued MemberMember

    Two questions:

    1.) For a 10 gallon freshwater tank, what are the funnest- most active- fish to watch for stocking purposes?

    2.) For a 30 gallon freshwater tank, same question. :)

    I currently just have neon tetras and corydoras. I'm actually disappointed in the neons. They primarily stay in the back of the tank and aren't much fun to watch. However, I've only had them for a week and it's possible they're still just adjusting. The corys have been great to watch.

    Thank you!
  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    For highly active specimens that fit your tank size, you'd want to go with Danios. They're hyper and always on the go. They're like the energizer bunny on steroids... keeps on going and going...
  3. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I second Danios for your 30 gal. I have some in my 55 gal and they are always on the go. Very pretty fish too!
  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Forgot to mention I have 4 Royal Danios in the 75, and they're always moving. Even at night after the lights are out, I can see them moving.
  5. el337Fishlore LegendMember

    My guppies are pretty entertaining since they're all over the place, swimming up and down, chasing each other, exploring every crevice of the tank and always looking for food. I think they're great for 10g and up.
  6. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    Second the guppy suggestion. My 3 males are the 3 amigos in my 36 gallon. They hang out, chase each other, and race each other from the bottom of the tank, up one corner, and then back down again. Very fun. They are also pretty funny to watch them flare or whatever you call it at each other. 2 will pair off and then chase each other's tails at the same time. So it's a little spiral guppy tornado of sorts.
  7. bettamarsValued MemberMember

    For the 10g I would recommend chili rasboras, ember tetras, or guppies. Not all of those, but you could do either a school of 8-10 ember tetras or a school of 8-10 chili rasboras. Or you could have maybe 4 or 5 (maybe 6 if that's not overstocking) guppies. Or you could do a school of 6 of either of the schoolers and maybe 2 or 3 guppies (again, if that's not overstocking). All of these are pretty active and cool to watch imo.

    For the 30g I think a nice school of harlequin rasboras would be nice, they're really active and I love mine :) I don't really know what else to suggest for the 30 but I'm sure others have ideas.
  8. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    make a brackish tank for the 30 gallon throw in a figure 8 puffer. one of my favorite fish to look at. very entertaining. they have dog like personalities. but thats my opinion, that is if you want to go brackish.
  9. s2c2Valued MemberMember

    Thank you all! , the puffer is my favorite fish but I was hesitant to own one because of the food requirements. Is it expensive and/or challenging to feed them? Would you recommend only having the one puffer in the 30 gallon? Is it safe to have any other fish with them? Can one puffer live in the 10 gallon or is it not enough space? Thanks again!
  10. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Puffers need to be in species-only tanks. Most times they are too aggressive and can't even be kept with other puffers...

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  11. FishfinaticValued MemberMember

    You could keep maybe 2 dwarf puffers in the 10 gallon. They are a freshwater species, although they probably won't take flakes or pellets
  12. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    You'd have to be careful since some puffers are conspecific aggressive also.

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  13. lobstahlightsValued MemberMember

    I only have the one critter, but my crayfish is awfully entertaining, even though she can't have any friends. She likes to climb through the bubbles and hang out on the silk plants. She plays with the marbles and (one tiny) sea shell, and when she sees me in front of the tank she runs at me with her claws up. Plus, molting is fascinating, if a bit harrowing.

    I have her in a 10g now but she'll be getting a 20 long when she grows up. I know there are smaller species of cray that can stay in the 10.
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    2 dwarf puffers in a 10g is fine, as long as it's 2 females or one male and one female.