Stocking Tetras.

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Rohit mess, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. Rohit messValued MemberMember

    Hi. I am working on a established 10 gallon tank (24"x9"x12") with 4 iridescent shark/catfish (4", 5", 9", 9" approx) and 2 common pleco (5" approx).
    As the tank is too small for the big fishies am giving them to LFS.
    1: I want to add Tetra (schooling fish). So which of the tetra species is recommended for the 10g tank. (No, will not be upgrading to larger tank.)
    2: Which other fish should i add that will make tetras to school, but will not eat them. :p
    3: have a filter that generates a moderate flow in the tank.
    Current Substrate= bigger gravels.
    Want to add an earthen small pot for hiding/resting/decor.
    Also the average temp in my region (mumbai, india) varies from 24~34° Celsius.
  2. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

  3. Rohit messValued MemberMember

    Ty for suggestion of Endlers , they are a cool choice.
    Though i will skip the snail. Not a big fan of them.
    Shrimps good. Will research about them.
    Do they need live plants?
  4. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    If you're into bigger tetras, Colombians are a great choice. I've had my school for 2 years now. Active, feed easy. THey just have to establish their own pecking order. Takes a few days.
  5. Redshark1Fishlore VIPMember

    ^Surely not in a ten gallon tank though.
  6. MattS99Well Known MemberMember

    You can totally do Colombians in a ten. Don't want to admit it, but they lived perfectly fine in an 8 gallon for a few months... Way happier in the 20 now, though. I'd certainly reccomend the larger tank, but I wouldn't stop you from housing them in a 10.
  7. Rohit messValued MemberMember

    Will try smaller ones. Wanna keep them happy too.
  8. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    They can survive without plants but they would really appreciate them. You could just throw in a bunch of java moss and the shrimp would be happy.
  9. Rohit messValued MemberMember

    I would really love a bit of green but i have no idea about any plants. I will still try out with some moss (if i found any in LFS)
    Apart from that i had made decos out of clay pot pieces in my older tank and it can provide hiding places that may be needed for RCS or Tetras.
    And as BottomDweller suggested the stock of endler+tetra+Rcs seems nice.
    Though one query BottomDweller, if i add molly/guppy/platy and a single angel fish to it (since two will make them a mating pair and will kill all other fish) then what will the suggested qty of them.
  10. BetrayerWell Known MemberMember

    Unfortunately, a 10-gallon tank is too small for angelfish, even just one.

    I think you could do either 2 male guppies or 2 male platies instead of the endler's that BottomDweller suggested, but not in addition to them. Even mollies may be a little big for a 10-gallon.

    Your tank will have a lot of activity and great color with the exact stocking that BottomDweller recommended. I think you will really enjoy it! You can choose whether to include 2 male endler's, guppies, or platies based on your personal preference and availability.
  11. Rohit messValued MemberMember

    Thankyou all for your help.
    Will start on it and let u all know how it works out.
  12. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah Angels and mollies need 29 gallons minimum. I think an adult angel would eat ember tetras.

    You could swap one or both of the enders for one or two guppies. Or you could swap both enders for a platy.