10 Gallon Tank What fish will fit with 6 to 7 neon tetras in an 11 gallon tank?

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I haven't purchased the tetras yet but I am almost completely set upon getting them. I have done research and came up with either three otocinclus catfish OR a school of pygmy corydoras, but I am unsure as to whether even these fish will fit comfortably. My tank is about 11 gallons.
I am planning on doing weekly water changes; more often if needed. This is because they come from the rivers of south america which have much current, obviously. I have a large DIY canister filter though and my tank has gone through the nitrogen cycle(via pure ammonia).
What fish could I add after the tetras, if any?
I welcome all ideas.
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LeeRose.
 

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Hi LeeRose, Welcome to Fishlore! I'd say that with good filtration and regular water changes that you'd have no problems with a school of Neons and some Otos or Pygmy Corys. All these fish have a very small bioload, so it should be fine.
 

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Thanks for the fast answer Nick Goody. I have just one more question.
How many of either otocinclus cats or pygmy cories? I was thinking six cories because they, too, are schooling fish and that is the minimum. Perhaps three otos. What do you all think?
 

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if it were me id get 10 neons and a snail hust because i like neons in bigger schools
 

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Hi LeeRose Welcome to FishLore!!
To be honest, I don't think I'd go for more than 6 or 7 neons in your size tank.
Otos do better in well established tanks. If you're going to get some, definitely wait a few months.
If you decide on cories, be sure they're pygmies. Regular sized cories don't belong in 10g, imo.

Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome everybody!
I was thinking either six neons and six pygmy corydoras or seven neons and three otos to be on the safe side. However, I have learned that when the otos have eaten the algae in the tank(which there is much of) I will need to feed them zucchini and the like to keep them plump. How will I do this with an automatic feeder(for traveling.) It just wouldn't work in my opinion. Perhaps I should wait until I am more experienced and have a larger aquarium before I try to keep a school of otos alive for more than a month. I hear it is difficult.
What do you guys think?
Will they eat algae wafers? I have heard that they rarely do this and it depends on the fish.
 

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Otos will eat algae wafers,but as mentioned,the need a bigger,and well established tank.

10 gallons really limits your options as far as keeping a community. Neons are so small,and have such a small bio load,keeping a school of 12 or 15 in a 10 gallon would be fine,as long as that is all you keep. So if neons are what you want,that is what you should get,and leave it at that.

When you get a bigger tank,then you can start to think about different species of fish to keep in a community.
 
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My otos never touch wafers. I don't know if thats true for all otos.
I think waiting is a wise decision
 

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My otos never touch wafers. I don't know if thats true for all otos.
I think waiting is a wise decision
I have never had problems with otos eating wafers. That's good to know. I actually had never heard they wouldn't.

Otos are great little fish,and one of the best algae eaters out there. But waiting until you have a larger,established tank would be a good idea.
 

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I think I will go with six tetras to start as I can always get more ( until I am over stocking the tank of course.) If that works out I will then get six pygmy cories. Sounds brimming full to me but they do have a fairly small bioload and I have a large filter.
I'm excited and this is only my current plan no one disagrees. . .
I don't want to mess up but it will probably happen sometime anyway.
Thanks again,
LeeRose.
 
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