Newbie here wanting some nasty fish for 10 gallon!

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by CanKor, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. CanKorNew MemberMember

    Hmm... so with my 10 gallon I was thinking that I could put some nasty predatory fish in.
    Nasty fish seems to have more personality(intelligence) ... and personality is what I'm looking for lol
    I'm only willing to keep 1 predatory fish if possible. I'd prefer my new fish to be catfish or puffer type but I kinda already have set up my aquarium with a driftwood, anubias, and moss balls so I'm not sure if brackish conditions would suit be suitable.

    BTW I mean nasty predatory fish by fish that can at least eat an adult guppy lol

    ANY SUGGESTIONS??? BTW MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:;santaclaus:;shat:;snow
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  2. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Unfortunately, the fish you want to keep require much bigger than a 10 gallon.
  3. OP

    CanKorNew MemberMember

    I mean there must be some :( I absolutely love predatory catfish...

  4. bankruptjojo

    bankruptjojoFishlore VIPMember

    betta fish can eat a guppy lol, maybe not whole...

    catfish like that will need a 55g.

    can a leaf fish go in a 10g? they are predators right? never kept them so...

  5. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    There is no predatory catfish that belongs in such a tiny tank. It really is small - about as small as it gets. Get a 20 long and you could get a golden wonder killi. They are like mini arowanas and are voracious predators.

    The leaf fish are not very active, but they still get pretty big - bigger than a 10. I know the African leaf fish for sale at petsmart are really small but they grow to more than 4 inches in just a couple of years. The true leaf fish - the SA ones, will only eat live foods and are very challenging to keep.

    In a 20 long you could keep a crayfish and a pair of GW killis. In addition to watching them eat live foods, you'll be able to watch them spawn, which is quite entertaining. And of course, the crayfish is always cool to watch. Since the killis will stay near the surface, the shortness of the tank won't be a problem keeping them with a crayfish.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2012
  6. OP

    CanKorNew MemberMember

    Would Leopard Bushfish be ok?? I've searched up south american leaf fish and some says no and some says yes. I mean I've seen couple of them at my LFS but they seem very inactive... TOO inactive lol
  7. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    You could do a couple dwarf puffers. They are mean little suckers. They like the murder snails :)
  8. bankruptjojo

    bankruptjojoFishlore VIPMember

    yeah iv only seen them they look cool but are always just floating there lol.

    this says the bushfish needs 55g and can get 6-8in so idt that will work. 10g really is not much room...
  9. Novemayune

    NovemayuneValued MemberMember

    I guess technically you can do whatever you want, if you are just going to disregard sound advice and experience found here and don't care about the comfort and joy of your fish. Personally, I think you've already got sound answers here and you are just looking for someone to tell you that what you are planning to do is ok.

    My two cents? Get a bigger tank or listen to what Jaysee and BankruptJoJo have told you...
  10. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    The leopard bush fish, aka spotted Ctenopoma and African leaf, is not suitable for a 10, unless you want the fish to just sit there and not do anything. Like I said, they are sold very small, but grow fast.
  11. OP

    CanKorNew MemberMember

    How about one small catfish? Like South american bumblebee catfish? Are those a good choice for a 10 gallon??
  12. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

  13. OP

    CanKorNew MemberMember

    I'll probably bother you guys with a lot of "Is this fish ok for a 10 gallon?" type of question lol It doesn't have to be a catfish but I guess what I'm really looking for is a fish with a LOT of personality. How big does dwarf puffers grow? The size seems to differ from each source that I have looked at. Is dwarf puffer the only puffer that can go in a 10 gallon?
  14. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Dwarf puffer, aka pea puffers stay very small and have lots of personality! They're cool little fish. They are the only truly fresh water puffers. The others need at least brackish. To me, it sounds like a good fit for what you want out of a fish.

    This website has lots of good info on them.  
  15. klogue2

    klogue2Valued MemberMember

    If you want a fish with lots of personality get a trio of scarlet badis :) they require a bit of work from what I've read and are pretty small however I've heard they are VERY fun to watch.

    IMO they are also beautiful. I'd love to get some but they are somewhat delicate from what I've read.
  16. cichlidmac

    cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe pea puffers.
    (edit) oops that's what I get for not reading every post :)
  17. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    I like the way you think mac ;D

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