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

  1. mefishyguy

    mefishyguy Valued Member Member

    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. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator 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 :)
     


  3. freak78

    freak78 Well Known Member Member

    Yeah I think that will be a little crowded.
     


  4. bolivianbaby

    bolivianbaby Fishlore Legend Member

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


  5. OP
    OP
    mefishyguy

    mefishyguy Valued Member Member

    thanks guys! :D, what about that in a 20G, just wondering? :)
     
  6. freak78

    freak78 Well Known Member Member

    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. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

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

    Elodea Well Known Member Member

    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.
     
  9. F

    Fishnugget43 Valued Member Member

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

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

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

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    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. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

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

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

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

    Lucy Moderator Moderator 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. Meenu

    Meenu Fishlore VIP Member

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

    Lucy Moderator Moderator 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. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    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. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

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