Here’s My Cycled 10g. Pretend It’s Yours. What Would You Stock?

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    49A369FD-2B86-4DBE-94F4-DD2B50D5947D. Title says it. This is my new setup. Hoping it grows in thick enough. I have a few baby plants that are in the background you can’t see yet (java fern, aponogeton). You’ll see a male betta who lives in other tank, so he won’t be in there. He’s my sons’ guy, Needles.

    Pretend this is your tank. How would you stock this bad boy?
     
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    I can't help but want to put Neons or Embers in there but I'd want to try something new, maybe White Clouds I've not kept them but I feel I should at some point.
     
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    I thought about embers too. Maybe green neons?

    Have also considered sparkling gouramis or endlers...

    I would love to get away with a centerpiece fish and a small school, or maybe a couple nano varieties.
     
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    I think it’s way too small for gouramis.

    I would only put one shcool of fish, maybe 10 and maybe a few platies (1 male, 2 females).
     
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    I've been looking a Green Neons lately, I didn't realize how blue they were, they look so nice. Sparkling Gourami is another I'd like to keep.

    **** this hobby too many fish too little room.
     
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    Right? I have room for this 10 gallon and my sons tank. That’s it.

    I need to make this count. Haha.

    Even the Pygmy variety? These guys don’t get too big at all. I was thinking Sparklers or Licorice Gouramis would be fine in this space. I could be wrong however.

    Platies. Had not considered that. Thanks
     
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    Sparkling would be fine in a 10 gallon, they stay very small.
     
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    if you like sparkling gouramies, then maybe 6-8 of those and a pair (or single) licorice gourami, or other parosphromenus gouramies? they all prefer blackwater tanks though. honey gouramies are also small. https://www.parosphromenus-project.org/en/

    i love endlers, you could easily keep up to 10 males of different strains for variety. that's what i did in my 7 gallon. japan blues are guppies that tend to be smaller than regular guppies and are very pretty.

    a group of 3 pea puffers could be fun. tiny schooling fish like micro / chili / phoenix / kubotai / blue line / etc. rasboras, celestial pearl danios, would be peaceful schoolers with some kind of laid-back centerpiece fish. there are tons of different killifish that are very stunning. blue-eyed rainbowfish, they have lots of different kinds.

    and if you want a bottom-dweller you could try a mexican dwarf crayfish (cpo) or other dwarf crayfish! they aren't always 100% peaceful though.

    i have an empty 10g that used to house a betta. i'm trying to figure out stocking choices too.
     
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    I love honey gouramis. They are so sweet looking. No pun. Seriously.

    Could one male (or female...whatever) honey gourami serve as a centerpiece fish with some other peaceful schooling type?

    There are far too many choices.


    I saw some clown killifish today at my local shop, and those guys are COOL

    And also, I love Blackwater tanks. Just don’t know if I can go that route. I had trouble with my driftwood tanking my ph and stalking my cycle.
     
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    You should be alright Honeys are super peaceful. One of them with 5 or 6 Green Neons would look amazing.

    Oh and that was definitely a pun.
     
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    What about some celestial pearl danios?
     
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    Not opposed. I haven’t actually seen them in person yet. My tank has a lot of reds and warm tones. Would they “pop” do you think? Ember tetras are great little fish, but they are literally the same color as most of my tank.

    Harlequin rasboras maybe?

    I love rummynose tetras but I get the feeling that they need larger areas. I don’t know much about them.

    I’m liking the green neons and honey gourami combo...
     
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    Rummy's and Harlequin's are too big.
     
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    Yes. CPDs are one of the nicest looking freshwater fish.

    Here's a pic: https://www.fishkeepingworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Celestial-Pearl-Danio-in-Aquarium.jpg

    You can also order them at WetSpot.
     
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    Thought that may be the case. I mean, I cram my feet in high heels that don’t fit for the sake of “the look.” I can’t do this with a tank?

    Kidding. Kidding. Don’t want to do that. To them or my feet.

    If they look like that in real life, they are stunning.
     
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    I can vouch for CPD's, small but stunning. The males are the ones with the colour females are more dull but pretty in their own way.
     
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    Well by this point I have my heart set on a honey gourami as a centerpiece fish.

    So now I just need to figure out what would complement him/her in terms of vibrance and compatibility.
     
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    Honestly I think the Green Neons would be best with the Honey or even the regular Neons. I keep my Honeys with Neons they have a great contrast. I can just imagine them in your tank.
     
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    I have a black backdrop too, so I believe they would really contrast well.
     
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    I'll go with a school of chili rasboras, a schools of pygmy Corys and some cherry shrimp
     
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