10 Gallon Tank Replacing My Pleco's Bioload?

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jnb1984

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Great news! My friend finally decided to take my Common Pleco (about 6") from my 10g tank and put it in his 55g tank.(well established 2-3 years).
Will his tank be enough for the pleco? He's planning on upgrading within the next year or so. I don't know how big he's going tho.
Now I want to restock, but don't want to have an even bigger bio-load than with my pleco. How many neons could I get so to not affect it? (I was hoping for at least 6-8) And after they've adjusted for a while I'd like to add a couple Otos, I've read that they should be in a group min of 3?
I favor neons to otos, so I'd like to keep them as low as possible (but safe for them). If the otos are just too much then I'd consider corys. I just like the otos cuz they have the added algae eating. (not that its a big problem for my 10 gallon tank.)

Sorry for the countless questions. And Thanks for all the help everyone!!!

I should also point out, that I'm not trying to match the bio-load of the pleco. I just don't want to go even heavier than what it was. Less is more! lol
 
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Hi Jnb,

According to your aquarium info, you have a betta in your 10 gal? If you do, then at this point I'd suggest not to add anymore fish because a betta prefers or is advised to have its own tank to himself because of aggression issues. But if you don't have a betta in there, a school of neons (6-7 of them) would be all you can have in there unless you upgrade to a bigger tank.

EDIT: Btw, this link should help you with your betta:
https://www.fishlore.com/Articles/betta-fish-care-guide.htm
 
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I would say more of a small shoal of 4-5 pygmy cories, but always have a backup plan if the betta decides to attack them. Corydoras are bottom feeders that will mostly stay out of the betta's way, but neons might freak the betta out.
 
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