How Many Fish In A Ten Gallon Tank

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how many fish should be in a 5 gal

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  1. fishmister

    fishmisterNew MemberMember

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    How many fish should I have in a five gallon tank I already have 1 but i think i need more
     
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    What fish are you considering?
     
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    tiger barbs
     
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    Unfortunately, a 10 is too small for tiger barbs.
     
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    well what fish do you recommend
     
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    Hey your choice of fish is great but to get the sparkling red splash of color beside the black stripes you need to think about cycled clear water and for them to stay in group. This increases their space requirements and tank size, a good filter.
     
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    Betta, Sparkling Gourami, Honey Gourami, Celestial Pearl Danio, Chili Rasbora, Ruby Tetra, Green Neon Tetra, Rice Fish, African Shell Dwelling Cichlids, and Pea Puffer.

    *Note: These are suggestions and not all species of fish can live together in the same tank.*
     
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    what size tank should i get
     
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    The largest one you can get.
     
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    so could i put a pea puffer in a five gal

    what are the good brands
     
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    This question is WAY too broad.
    There are tons and tons and tons of different kinds of fish out there that require different care and tank size and all that.

    I highly recommend you look into at least a 20 gallon if you can. Because I think you will pretty disappointed at your limited options with a 5 or 10 gallon tank. Especially if you want to keep your barb.

    You have him in a 5g right now and if a 10g is the highest you can go, I suggest rehoming the tiger barb. There is no way you can add other fish to a single tiger barb without that barb terrorizing them. They are a schooling species that can get pretty nippy when not kept in an appropriate sized school. It will be a stressed fish with no other barbs to keep it company. The other problem is, getting him just one or two more barb buddies will just make it worse. Barbs really must be kept in larger schools to spread out their aggression.

    Here is my advice for a 5 gallon:
    Betta
    shrimp
    dwarf frogs
    dwarf crayfish
    snails

    (not all together of course)

    For a 10g you are still very limited as most small fish are very active and should be kept in schools.

    If you can afford to, and have space for, something larger...I highly recommend you do it.

    I thought I saw someone say the petco dollar per gallon sale is still going on. But not for much longer. I have also purchased many many used tanks on craigslist with great success.
     
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    Yes.

    It ends on the 24th from my understanding.
     
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    thank you so much but my tiger barb is a glow fish and it looks fine in the 5 gal
     
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    Any brand of tank, really. As long as it doesn't leak.
     
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    If you are a beginner, I would start with at a 30 gallon.
    I have a 20 gallon and I am looking for a 30 long with zero luck. Or a 40 long.

    The sad part is I gave away my 50 gallon aquarium to my daughter as I planned to stop keeping fish. Fast forward 10 years and I am back into this full throttle.
    My expense report proves it.
    Its amazing how more knowledge about this hobby is expensive. And I'm already looking to upgrade.
    I have been buying things with this in mind.
     
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    ok
     
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    It looks fine? What does that mean to you? A barb is a barb. Whether the glofish brand has added their colorful genes to it or not. Its a barb. Not a glofish.

    I am sorry, but this right here is a perfect example of why the glofish brand is terrible. It encourages beginners like yourself to get a single schooling fish and place it in a tank way too small for it. And think that it looks just fine. And makes them believe that because it is a glofish it is different than regular barbs!

    If you think your barb is just fine by itself in a 5 gallon, even after everything that everyone just shared with you....then I will move along. Good luck with everything!
     
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    I found a 125 gallon on Craigslist for 225$
     
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    Cool. If you can afford it, go for it.
     
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    haha! That would be quite a leap from a 5 gallon!

    I personally wouldn't start with something THAT large if you are still new to the hobby. But If you have the space and can afford it...maybe it is worth just diving in head first!!

    The most common size you will find on craigslist (in my experience) is 29g and 55g. I think you should go for one of those sizes. The 55g being probably the most ideal.
     
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