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In a ten gallon tank, would 1 male betta 5 neon tetras and a nerite snail be ok? ( the nerites aren't suppose to have as much of a bioload right? ) would this be overstocking? I would like a snail but also would like some small fish. Any concerns or things I should know or suggestions? Please answer.
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All snails have huge bioloads... tetras are very active fish so they wouldn't thrive very much in a 10g plus they need schools of at least 6...

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All snails have huge bioloads... tetras are very active fish so they wouldn't thrive very much in a 10g plus they need schools of at least 6...
Ah. I see, well I understand any suggestions for a smaller fish I could have? Or should I just get a betta and snail?
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pygmy cories or julie cories might work but you should research a little!!

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pygmy cories or julie cories might work but you should research a little!!
I have. I figured it was overstocking and probably will just get a snail. I would just like some small fishes that stick more to the bottom and midlle of the tank, but I rather everyone was happy haha : ) any suggestions about the corries?
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There's an aquarium calculator at aqadvisor.com. Though it isn't fool-proof and requires further research, it gives you good idea of what stock you can have in your tank. You enter your aquarium size, filter type and then the fish you want in there. The calculator will tell you if your tank can handle it.

Pygmy cories are pretty small and they swim mid-level (unlike most bottom dwelling cories)- you could have a small school of 6, I believe, with a snail. The next size up for corys are about 2 to 2 and a half inches- these would be your panda corys or bandit corys. Your tank could probably take a small school of 4- check the aquarium calculator. Juliis, I believe, get too big. Alternatively, you could put 6 otos in there- but I recommend an established, cycled tank for them because they are very sensitive when first purchased due to the way they are wild-caught. Never have any less than 4 otos if you do get them- they need groups to do well (as with the corys).

You'll notice from my sig that my 10g is pretty heavily stocked, but this is because it's a very heaviliy planted NPT, and these types of tanks can handle more bioload. I would not recommend that stocking level for a non-NPT tank. :)

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You can put 8-10 Pygmy Cories in a 10 gallon. They are incredibly tiny!

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You can put 8-10 Pygmy Cories in a 10 gallon. They are incredibly tiny!
I could? Even with a Betta and Nerite Snail? I'm so confused haha
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You could most certainly do it. I have 5 Pygmy Cories in my 5.5 and that puts me below 100% stocked, so double it for a 10 gallon. They only reach .75 of an inch, so you could most certainly have 8-10 with a male betta.

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You could most certainly do it. I have 5 Pygmy Cories in my 5.5 and that puts me below 100% stocked, so double it for a 10 gallon. They only reach .75 of an inch, so you could most certainly have 8-10 with a male betta.

What kind of care do they need? Do they have a big bioload?
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