This tank is not gonna work is it? 10 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by mefishyguy, Dec 30, 2009.

  1. mefishyguyValued MemberMember

    Hello Everyone :D,
    I have a problem here :p, my cousin wants to stock his 10 gallon like this:
    2 Rasboras
    2 Neon Tetras
    2 Glolight Tetras
    2 Black Neon Tetras
    Cory Cat
    2 Sword Tales
    Otto Catfish
    Dwarf Gourami

    ALL in a 10 gallon. I told him this wont work (by the way, he already has 1 Rasboars, the neons, 1 sword tale and the otto) and he said he'll do 50% water changes each week if he gets these, will it work out? My opinion is no, but you guys probably know more than me :D, Thanks :)

  2. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Hi welcome to FishLore :)
    Imo, I don't think it's a good idea.
    Even with extra water changes there's the question of swim room.
    Sword tails get surprisingly big. I never realized that until I saw some adults in a fish store.
    The neons and black neons should schoal together. The glow lights might join them although they're a little larger.
    Otos have less stress when they're in groups, so adding a few would be a good idea.
    Cories do better in 3's but there's not room for that. They can get up to 3". ;) At least mine did. lol
    Rasbora are schooling fish and do best with at least 5 or 6, but again, there's not room.

    Perhaps you could talk him into a bigger tank or trading the sword tail and Rasboras for more otos.

    He'll have his (2) neons, (2) black neons, (2) glowlights and (3-4) otos.
    Still a little over stocked, but manageable.

    Best of luck whatever he decides to do :)

    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  3. freak78Well Known MemberMember

    Yeah I think that will be a little crowded.

  4. bolivianbabyFishlore LegendMember

    I agree, that would most definitely be overstocked. Lucy's stocking suggestion sounds like a fabulous compromise.
  5. mefishyguyValued MemberMember

    thanks guys! :D, what about that in a 20G, just wondering? :)
  6. freak78Well Known MemberMember

    You may be able to pull it off in a 20 with alot of good up keep water change's not over feeding and what not.
  7. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Is he preparing for a flood, keeping 2 of everything? ;D
  8. ElodeaWell Known MemberMember

    Lucy's idea is great, but I'd go with 3 otos and add another glowlight (that makes 3) to scatter the flood idea (jk, sorry, Jaysee) and make the glowlights feel more secure.

    EDIT: Oops, I was talking about the 10 gallon, no idea about the 20.
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 30, 2009
  9. Fishnugget43Valued MemberMember

    I thought that Neons should be kept in groups no smaller than 4.
  10. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    They'll most likely schoal with the black neons...same size and shape. ;)
  11. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Black neons are much larger than neons. I am curious to know how his tetras behave, though. I keep neons(11), black neons(6) and von rios(8) together and they all do their own thing.
  12. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    They both get about an inch & a half.
    I've seen them schoal together. :;dk
  13. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I must have some monsters, cause mine are twice the size of the neons. Not in length, but in overall size.
  14. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    Oh, I see. Thanks. The ones I saw didn't have bulk. In that case, isn't it possible they would schoal with the glow lights?
  15. MeenuFishlore VIPMember

    Or, if they are anything like my neons that I just got, they won't school at all. :;laughing
  16. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    lol. I use the word schoal, as kind of hanging out together. I don't mean that they'll school.
    Getting a nice schooling effect, Imo, requires a larger tank and a nice big school.
  17. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    And a larger, semi-threatening fish :) I completely agree, that they do not "school" in smaller tanks - they just...spread out and hang out.
  18. LucyModeratorModerator Member

    :oops: I believe we successfully hi-jacked this thread. lol
    Sorry mefishguy!

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