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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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I want to put 6 neon tetras and 3 pygmy cories with my betta in his 10 gallon. Is this over stocked? I think platies would be cool too but I have to do more research about them first.

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-29-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of neon tetras would cardinal tetras be better? Also I saw some bloodfin tetras would they be compatible with a betta?

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Neons are too active for a 10 gallon. And cardinals are just bigger neons!! lol Pygmy cories like groups of 6, and you could just 6 with a betta in a 10 Gallon. (: Platies are usually compatible. I think you could do 3 or 4 with a betta in a 10 gallon. Make sure you have all of one gender or a 2 or 3 female to every 1 male ratio if you get platies.

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Mo has put together a very good guide on compatibility:
Betta splendens Compatibility

You should check that out to see all of your options. (:

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So what about 6 pygmy cories and 2 female platies? I want colourful fish in my tank any other suggestions would be great.

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I'd get male platies. Females could be pregnant when you get them home and can keep dropping eggs for up to 6 months.
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Ok so 2 male platies and 6 pygmy cories. Sound good?

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That would overstock your tank. You are still very limited in a 10 gallon. A 10 gallon can really only fit a betta and another school. If you get fish like neons, you want them to be in the biggest group you can as if they are kept at their minimum, or the minimum people say on here, they will most likely nip.

You could house neons, about 7 no other fish besides your betta, provided your tank is fully cycled, you understand their needs, and keep up with water changes. One thing to understand, from being bred so much, neons have terrible immune systems and will usually die within a year via crappy genetics.

Don't get all males, they will fight. Female plagues would work better. Usually when they give birth, they have babies not eggs, usually the other fish and the mother will eat the babies. Just have a petstore take them or cull them.

Forgot to mention, cories, like most bottom feeders, need a sand substrate. If you have gravel and aren't willing to trade it for sand don't get cories.


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+1 to kfryman
IMO having platies and cories would be overstocking. I think you should choose between the two.

10 Gallon Tank:
~Countless Pond Snails~1 Espe's Rasbora~1 Harlequin Rasbora~

5 and 5.5 Gallon Tanks:
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