Is My Tank Overstocked?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by ChristaCat, May 8, 2018.

  1. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    I currently have a 7.5 gal tank with a male crowntail Betta and one (yellow) mystery snail.
    My betta is very well tempered, btw.

    I was hoping to add something else to the tank, if I could. But I'm not sure what would be best or how many of them.

    Here's what I'm thinking about:

    Another mystery snail (a different color hopefully or will they get along better if they're the same?)

    2 African Dwarf Frogs

    Any kind of shrimp

    Kuhli Loach

    And I'm open to any other suggestions! I wanted something a bit unique and something that doesnt really need a large group/school to be happy.

  2. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    I love the apple snails in with bettas. One of my bettas was in a ten gallon with two apples. I decided the African dwarf frogs were too cute not to have. Petsmart said they’d be perfectly fine with a Betta. Chased my Betta relentlessly and shredded tail and fins. Took the frogs back.
    And the snails don’t care what color their friends are. Can’t wait to see what others suggest! And welcome to fishlore! :)

  3. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Do you mean mystery snails? Apple snails become too large to be in a ten gallon with a betta. Mystery snails get to be as or larger than a golf ball. Apples get up to a baseball and larger.

  4. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Nope mine were apple snails. Just meant better filtration and tons of water changes. When Barney died he was a bit bigger than a baseball. Doc said he was old. :(
    I think we all missed Barney. Except maybe Fred. He took over Barney’s favorite spot.
    But today, apples aren’t available around here. Only mystery.
  5. 75g Discus TankFishlore VIPMember

    Mysteries grow a bit larger than recommended IMO. If you want another snail, look into nerites.

    Other than that, you can have ghost or amano shrimp.
  6. Gypsy13Fishlore VIPMember

    Shrimp are so cute! I like this idea. :)
  7. OneLittleBubbleWell Known MemberMember

    You can't really keep any fish if that's what you're looking for. I tried, but not many fish can live with a male betta in less than a 10 gallon tank.
  8. Sarah73Fishlore VIPMember

    No kuhli loaches, you need at least a 20 gallon. You can't keep 2 African frogs in a 10 gallon. They also go after fins. Snails and shrimp are great.
  9. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    I always had the best of success with snails, but shrimp were too much of food for my bettas.
  10. OneLittleBubbleWell Known MemberMember

    Kuhli loaches are a no go like what Sarah said and I would only get one African dwarf frog based on the size of the aquarium you have. If you want to keep something with your betta then I would upgrade to a 20 because not many species can live with a betta in a 10 gallon. Especially in a 7.5.
  11. MazeusWell Known MemberMember

    I have an amano in with my betta. He's one tough shrimp the betta is scared of him.
  12. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    Ok, I wont go for Kuhli loaches or frogs! Im ok with not having a lot of fish in my tank, I only want to make it as comfortable as possible for my Betta.

    My filter is pretty powerful and I do regular water changes. There used to be another snail in mY tank and there were no problems, so I'm not too worried about another snail. I was just looking for other suggestions.

    If I got some shrimp, how many and what kind should I get? I actually kind of don't think I'd mind if my betta ate some of them haha, but he's pretty chill so he might not even pay attention to them.
  13. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    I have a 6.5 gal tank with:

    1 male crowntail betta
    4 albino corydora catfish
    1 mystery snail

    Its got a pretty powerful filter with a guard and I do weekly water changes and a monthly clean. 1526449318437.jpg
  14. Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    Yes. You need to rehome the Corydoras to a 20 gallon tank (at least) with at least a shoal of 6.

    The betta is fine though.
  15. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    Well, darn. I used the stocking calculator and if I used it right, it didn't alert me to any problems besides the fish getting along. Which, they do.

    I used to have 2 cats and 2 snails with my betta but my female snail passed away and now my male seems to be inactive and upset.

    I was hoping to put another snail in but I guess I cant huh?

    So after she passed I put another cory cat in since I know they do better the more there are.

    They are all very active (save for my snail at the moment), dont seem shy, and there have been no fights, nipping, etc.

    So is my tank severly overstocked to the point where I need to fix it immediatly? Or what should I do?
  16. Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    It's not severely overstocked, it is slightly but the main issue is the small footprint vs corys. Move them ASAP.
  17. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    Small footprint? Can you elaborate?

    So absolutely cant add another snail? He seems so sad.
  18. 2006fuzzValued MemberMember

    Another snail wouldn’t “overstock” the tank. Snails are messy but usually have a very small bioload on a tank. As far as footprint, it’s the amount of surface area available for the fish to swim. Since Cory’s are bottom dwellers they need more room to swim sideways rather then up and down. A longer tank, such as a 20 long gives them more room to swim which is what most bottom dwellers need to thrive.
  19. ChristaCatValued MemberMember

    Ok, thank you. I'll get a bigger take, making sure its long for the corys! Itll take a couple weeks though.

    Would it be ok to add the snail now before moving them?
  20. Discus-TangWell Known MemberMember

    Sounds good!

    You can add the snail now :)

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