Suggest 10 Gallon Stocking Ideas Please...

  1. WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Hello, I will soon have a fishless 10g with a nerite and 2 ramshorns, I’m currently housing two juvenile swordtails that will be rehomed. I’m aware of the list on here but most of it is pages and pages at scientific names that I really don’t want to research one by one...any unique ideas? No shrimp or embers, I have those in another tank. It is planted with hornwort, water sprite, anubias, java fern and moss balls, cholla wood..thanks!
     
  2. bgclarke

    bgclarke Well Known Member Member

    Chili rasboras, celestial pearl danios, or endlers livebearers.
     
  3. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Thanks, I’m looking into the cpd’s as someone else recommended them also, along with some mini corydoras. Trying to get as many options as I can and then pick what I like best.
     


  4. Smalltownfishfriend

    Smalltownfishfriend Well Known Member Member

    How about a pea puffer??:)
     
  5. emmysjj

    emmysjj Well Known Member Member

    In my tank I will have guppies, endlers, and shrimp :)
     
  6. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Love puffers! But I want more than one thing in here :(
     
  7. T

    ThePuzzleMaker Valued Member Member

    How about an apistogramma and a few endlers?
     
  8. endlercollector

    endlercollector Fishlore VIP Member

    How soft or hard is your water? You should keep that in mind as it's easier to keep fish that do well in the water you have or else you'll have to accommodate them.
     
  9. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    That’s an option, I like it...thanks!

    True, I really should’ve said that, very hard, like almost 8...
     
  10. fishfanatic15

    fishfanatic15 Valued Member Member

    You could have guppies or platies. They are eye catching and hardy. They can thrive in a higher ph like you mentioned.
     
  11. T

    ThePuzzleMaker Valued Member Member

    If you keep apistos then add driftwood and/or catappa leaves to lower the ph. They like lower ph
     
  12. endlercollector

    endlercollector Fishlore VIP Member

    If you decide to go with soft water fish, I'd recommend cutting your water with RO water and checking to see which percentage is optimal. Then from there on, use that percentage when doing water changes. That way, you'll know exactly what is going on with your fish. Adding driftwood, leaves, peat moss, etc., may soften the water, but then it has to sit in there for a while before you can know what effect they're having. Then changing out with your hard tap water will only serve to increase the pH suddenly, and then it may (or may not) drift down a bit.

    I found that my neon tetra tank (which was tricky for me) did best when I cut 50% RO water when I put the tank together (with a dirted bottom and lots of plants), and I changed out with 50% RO water each week.

    So now you can see why I embraced Endlers wholeheartedly when I first encountered them some 12 years ago. Whew! A fish that loves hard water.
     
  13. bgclarke

    bgclarke Well Known Member Member

    Plywood or driftwood?
     
  14. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    I appreciate all this advice, it’s been fun researching. So far I’m favoring pearl danios and salt and pepper corydoras. Both say a pH of around 7.5 but are flexible if it doesn’t fluctuate.....thank you all!
     
  15. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    No pepper cories. They get big and need at least a 20 gallon
     
  16. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Not the pepper but the salt and pepper, Corydoras habrosus...
     
  17. Sarah73

    Sarah73 Fishlore VIP Member

    Which get the same size?. No pygmies either.
     
  18. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Actually everything I read says they’re about an inch, others are over 2”.....very conflicting info out there...however, I believe my water is too hard so I won’t be doing it.
     
  19. Mazeus

    Mazeus Well Known Member Member

    I know you said you wanted more than one species, but what about shell dwellers? If you look on the 10g stocking list there is a type of shelly that can be kept in a 10g. That would be a pretty cool tank.
     
  20. OP
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    WTFish?

    WTFish? Well Known Member Member

    Oh nice idea, I’ll definitely look into that! Thanks so much.