oddball fish for ten gallon?

Discussion in 'Oddball Fish' started by shadowfish, Aug 13, 2015.

  1. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    in looking for a oddball fish for a ten gallon.i do culture live foods and am looking for something funky/cool.

  2. BornThisWayBettasFishlore VIPMember

    What about a couple of dwarf puffers?

  3. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    thats on my list.any more?

  4. ToniaWell Known MemberMember

    If you like color, peacock gudgeons are really pretty. They have colors similar to Killifish. I currently have 1 m and 2 f in my 10g. They like live foods, but do not require them.
  5. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    And on that note, dozens of species of killifish and oddball livebearers (all poeciliads so I group them together) would be suitable to the tank size, and are not commonly kept in aquaria.
  6. Tiny goatfishWell Known MemberMember

    Bumblebee goby? They are super cute and look cool.
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Scarlet badis?
  8. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    i like eels,glass cats,knife fish and others on that line,but i can find anything like that that works in a ten gallon tank. great ideas guys keep them coming.
  9. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, unfortunately none of those will work :(

    I'd like to also second the Indian Dwarf Puffer! Solely freshwater, adorable, and needs snails and live or frozen foods. Quite cute and definitely an oddball!
  10. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    id love those but they do eat shrimp and my shrimp i just got i dont feel like killing:)
  11. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, if they're in the same tank, they'll likely become a meal!
  12. MJDutiWell Known MemberMember

    DISCLAIMER: these can be hard to find, expensive, and some difficult to care for

    *FW dwarf pipefish. I am not a pro on these by any means but I believe there is a small species. Some get too big for a 10G though. I only suggest these because of your live food options.

    *fancy dwarf shrimp, ex-crystals, tigers (OEBT - my fav!), etc. Plus you can breed them, and even sell them.

    *ADFs - African Dwarf Frogs. Yea, so not uncommon, and not fish. But they are super fun.

    *FW gobies - various species

    Not all together btw, just individual ideas
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
  13. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    @MJDuti by dwarf pipefish, do you mean armored sticklebacks? Indostomus spp? Like pipefish, they require a nearly constant supply of live food. But there is at least one species that would be fine in a 10 gallon live food culture.

    This thread may be moot. Almost all fish will eat shrimp.
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  14. MJDutiWell Known MemberMember

    Woah, I've never heard or seen of armored sticklebacks before! Interesting fish. By pipefish I mean like the ones for SW, just for FW.
  15. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    There is only one pipefish smaller than 6". That wouldn't be suitable for a 10 gallon, as they are ridonkulously sensitive. Pretty as heck, though.

    I will probably be getting some armored sticklebacks soon, mostly because I don't have a tank available for the one small species of true pipefish. However, this may be what you're thinking of anyway, as a big trade name for indostomus spp. is "dwarf pipefish" or some similar thing.

    Actually indostomus may be worth consideration. I can't say for sure as I don't have any yet, but I'm pretty sure their mouths are too small to eat adult shrimp, though they'd certainly pick off any babies they came across.
  16. Sarcasm IncludedWell Known MemberMember

    Let me know when you get the Indostomus, as I have them on my wish list. Over the next few years, I am reducing my tanks in number, but changing the size. One of the display tanks will be a 6' nano/blue eye tank.
  17. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    i can get a 5 gallon or something for the shrimp if i have too.it seems the Indostomus do best in groups of 5-6 of the resurch i did.is that too many for a 10 gal?the pipe fish (are you talking about the short tailed river pipefish?)does best in brackish i think and unless its really something i want i dont want to mess with brackish.
  18. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    No, that's not too many Indostomus for a 10g, imo. They are tiny fish.
  19. shadowfishWell Known MemberMember

    i kinda like the Indostomus.
    whats the water parameters on these?
  20. LeafrayValued MemberMember

    +1 for the scarlet badis! I feed mine daphnia and micro worms along with some flakes! The are rally eye catching! And may u add a micro rasbora?

    Currently breeding: h/b purple guppies

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