10 Gallon Tank Stocking options.

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Hey guys,

I'm currently in the proccess of slowly and methodically stocking my 10 gallon vertical tank.

I have some mopanI wood, 1 honey gouramI already and 2 fancy guppies.

I would really like some advice on how I could stock this bad boy and have the fish as comfortable as possible and not over stocked.

I would like a cory cat, but I know I need at least 2 so that would limit how many other mid-level fish I could have.

I would also simply enjoy more guppies, but I'm afraid I won't be able to have cory cats at the same time as I will overstock. They do swim at different levels, though so maybe it won't be as big of a problem.

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Hello Pappy,

I have moved your thread to the Aquarium Stocking Questions section of the forum to help you to receive more responses.
Thanks!
Ken
 

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Regular size corys should be in larger tanks because they need to be in groups of at least 4. You could do Pygmy corys, and I believe they need to be in groups of at least 6.

Having the honey gouramI is going to limit your options because of its size. I'd say you could add the Pygmy corys and call it a day.

I take swimming level into consideration when looking at stocking options but I put bioload over swimming level in a tank as small as a 10g. Swimming level-wise, adding more guppies and the corys would theoretically work but the reality is that the bioload of all those fish will be too high for a 10g.

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I'm the opposite of lisa LOL ....I can control bioload (lots more water changes) but can't control swim space

I think the gouramI , some pygmies, and maybe 2 more guppies would be a nice tank....or get 3-4 neons instead of more guppies....
 

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Not everyone wields a turkey baster, Shawnie.

And I'm used to everyone doing the opposite of what I do, I'm a bit of an oddball.

-Lisa
 
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I think I'll add more guppies, and some ghost shrimp (who contribute little to bioload).

What about female betta options?

Tetra (particularly blackskirt) options?

I'd love to get pygmy corys but they are incredibly hard for me to find around here and online can be expensive.
 

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I just noticed your OP says its a vertical tank, what are the dimensions? This is going to limit your bioload moreso than a standard 10 gallon IMO
 

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It's hit or miss with bettas, males and females. People here have had good experiences but there are many that have also had bad experiences keeping bettas in a community tank. Females are less likely to fight but always have a back-up plan.

You could do a school of 5 blackskirts, 5 guppies and the honey. You could do 7 tetras if you don't add any more guppies, I'd say.

Red cherry shrimp are hardier than ghost shrimp since most ghosts are used for feeders. You can get 12 for under $15 (shipping included) on Aquabid.

-Lisa
 

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depending on the dimensions of the tank I might propose that you have room for maybe 1 or 2 small fish. It's only a 10 gallon so space is kind of an issue, fish do better with horizontal than they do with vertical.
 
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Kunsthure said:
It's hit or miss with bettas, males and females. People here have had good experiences but there are many that have also had bad experiences keeping bettas in a community tank. Females are less likely to fight but always have a back-up plan.

You could do a school of 5 blackskirts, 5 guppies and the honey. You could do 7 tetras if you don't add any more guppies, I'd say.

Red cherry shrimp are hardier than ghost shrimp since most ghosts are used for feeders. You can get 12 for under $15 (shipping included) on Aquabid.

-Lisa

I like the idea a lot, but doesn't the honey, 5 blackskirts, 5 guppies sound like a lot? both as far as space and bioload.
 

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It depends on the dimensions of the tank. I must've missed the part about the tank being tall. If it's taller than it is wide, that would be too many. If it's wider than it is tall, I'd say it's pushing the limit and needs to be watched carefully but still doable. However, a smaller tetra like a flame or neon would be better in this situation than the larger black skirt, IMO.

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just measured. It is 17"x17" with a convex bow style front.

I'm not married to any particular fish so any reccomendation are welcome. I'm sure there are some creative possibilities. I'd be happy with a honey and bunch of guppies if that is the best option for the tank inhabitants. Just exploring my options, though.

scroll down. This is what mine looks like:
Matty's Tetra Half Moon 10G LED lit mixed reef
 

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nice, I love bowfront tanks, I have a 33g corner model myself. Unfortunately with these type of tall tank you are somewhat limited in stocking amounts because of the lack of horizontal swim space.
 
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Well dang. What about things like Rasboras/Barbs/Mollies/Platies?
 

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Mollies will be too big. Platy, as in one, maybe. I'm not recalling any readily-available barbs that are under 2.5". Celestial Pearl Danios are tiny little buggers, like under an inch, so you could have a school of them. Ember tetras are also that small. There are several microrasboras, but I'd say the tank is too small for harlequin rasboras.

Or you could add one or two more guppies, 12 dwarf shrimp, a really pretty nerite or tylomelonia snail and call it a day.

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Kunsthure said:
I'm not recalling any readily-available barbs that are under 2.5".
There are always cherry barbs, they get 2 in, and they are also not as nippy as other barbs can be and they are so pretty! The males get this really deep red color and females are more of a brownish, but they are really active and fun to watch!
 
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what about Harlequin Rasboras?
 
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I might get some various shrimp. Will the different species of shrimp fight? Will my guppies want to eat them?
 

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my shrimp get along fine with each other. I have red claw macro and red cherry shrimp together and they ignore one another. My guppies don't mess with the RCS either, even the small ones the size of my pinky. They would probably eat any baby shrimp though, but they are tiny.
 
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The baby shrimp get sucked into my filter usually..

I think I will get 1-2 more guppies.
I am hoping to get some metallic colored ones. I got a metallic blue one now that looks like a sports car! He's really pretty. Hopefully I can snag a green and purple one too.

I have decided that I like having less stocked of an aquarium, it is more beautiful and the fish are more fun to watch with much more swimming room.
 

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cherry barbs are cool and would work well in a 10 gallon. You could get 3, 1 male and 2 females as they are not as "hardcore" of schooling fish as some other barbs.
 
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Will Cherry Shrimp and Ghost Shrimp mix well with one another?
 
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I went ahead and got 3 neon tetras instead of anymore guppies.

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1 Honey Gourami
2 Guppies
3 Neon Tetras

am I overstocked for a 10 gallon? I would actually like to add 2-3 more neons to make them feel more safe.
 

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